"IN THY PRESENCE IS FULNESS OF JOY." The presence of the Lord is nothing but heaven to His people. They cannot be satisfied or happy without it. He is the object of their love, the source of their happiness, the centre of their desires and the life of their souls. If He is present all is well, but if He is absent nothing can yield them satisfaction. They are restless, their souls can find no repose, their desires unfilled. The reasons are many: in His favour is life, in His fellowship is wealth and peace; in His presence is fulness of joy, safety, rest, contentment and victory. His presence promotes their sanctification, enlarges their hearts and ripens the fruits of grace. It proves the excellency of their holy faith. The Lord now visits His people. They sometimes lose the blessing of His presence. Having once enjoyed it, they cannot but long for it again. The pleading, longing, importunate soul shall be satisfied. Reader, have you been blessed with the presence of God? Do you enjoy it now? Can you find any substitute for it? Are you crying with David, "My soul followeth hard after Thee?" Or, "O when wilt Thou come unto me?" Or, "Let Thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live; for Thy law is my delight?"
My thirsty soul with strong desires,
To God, the living God, aspires;
Come, gracious Lord, and let me know,
The joys which from Thy presence flow.