If we wish to be close to God, we must be actively drawing close to Him every morning and purpose in our heart to STAY close to Him during each day. A close relationship with God isn’t like a casual friendship or a business deal—there is no game playing or negotiation. Holy and omnipotent God sets the terms of the relationship based upon Who He IS and His love draws our needy hearts by His Spirit. There is no one like Him! When we’ve been close to God, we begin to realize how much we NEED Him. When we’ve been captivated by God’s love, we realize we’re empty without Him. When God’s wisdom has filled our lips, we realize we’re fools without Him. When we’ve seen His power work through our weakness, we’re afraid to be without Him. However, we do not realize the amazing blessings of God’s love, power and wisdom—without knowing Him. And when we’ve experienced the blessings of God’s love, wisdom and power, then nothing less will ever satisfy us. His goodness keeps us coming back for more because He gives us complete satisfaction. We find that no cost is too great for us to pay to be right where He wants us because that’s where we experience Him the most; thus, that is where we’re most satisfied. When King David’s heart was in a place where he could say his lips were free from deceit, he had purposed not to transgress and he was holding fast to God’s path (Psalms 17:1-5); it is evident from his prayers that he was experiencing the immense blessings of God’s presence. He said: “I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words. Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.” (Psalms 17:6-8) Furthermore, he summed up his experience in the presence of God as his source of satisfaction: “As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.” (Psalms 17:15) God is our ultimate satisfaction and we only act to our detriment to pursue anything or anyone more than we pursue Him!