To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
May/June 2016 Issue – The Presence of God, ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Psalm 139:13-18 (NIVUK): ”For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand – when I awake, I am still with you.”
There are some very good suggestions in today’s study.
Selwyn says: “This psalm is so helpful in expressing how we can experience God’s presence all the time, that I will be referring to it a few more times in this issue.
Now that we are clear that we cannot experience the full, ongoing presence of God until He reside within us; we are ready to begin considering some of the things we can do in order to become more conscious of His indwelling presence. …
My first suggestion is this: as you awake each morning, turn to God in an attitude of spiritual expectancy.”
I really like the words of the poem, quoted by Selwyn:
“Every morning lean thine arm awhile
Upon the window sill of heaven
And gaze upon thy God:
Then with the vision in thy heart
Turn strong to meet the day.”
Selwyn goes on to say: “‘Turn strong to meet the day.’ What an optimistic thought! And why not? Anyone who looks into the face of God is fortified and prepared to deal with anything the day may bring.”
I agree with the recommendation that one of the first things we should do each morning is to dedicate the day to giving God glory and to seek His guidance and strength on what we can do to achieve this outcome; as we follow Jesus during the day.
Each day is a gift from God, in the sense that we have the opportunity through our own free will to faithfully serve Him.