Thursday, July 27, 2017

always before me

“I have set the Lord always before me.  Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”  ~Psalm 16:8


What extraordinary words!  King David boils the entire spiritual life down to one phrase.  If somehow we could learn to set the Lord always before us, life would be so much easier.  Not easier in the sense that nothing bad would ever happen to us, but easier in the sense that God’s strong and loving presence would be with us whatever the circumstance.  Centuries later, Brother Lawrence would call this “practicing the presence of God.”  It is both a perspective and a practice.  It is a way of living life in which we are always conscious of the presence of God within and around us.  Everything that happens to us is seen and interpreted through those lenses, whether we are in the midst of the dark night, or reveling in the abundance of this life, or simply washing the dishes.  When we set the Lord always before us, all will be well.  When we are fully aware of God’s presence, at all times and in all circumstances, we will not be shaken.  May this very phrase serve as our prayer and our companion this day, so that we too may set the Lord always before us.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for continuing to write and post your thoughts. I wanted to tell you how blessed I have been by your blue book. I bought copies for all the women who attend my small group at church and for my family. I look forward every day to how God will speak to me through something in it. I am so grateful for this wonderful resource, and I will also try to remember to stop by and read the blue book blog, now.

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  2. Thank you for the kind words Marcia. I am so glad the book has helped create fruitful space for you (and your friends and family) to be with Jesus. That has always been my deepest hope. If you ever have time or inclination, stop by Amazon and leave a review, it will help others be more able to find it.

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