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 (the key verse is highlighted):
Psalm 139:1-12 (NIVUK): ”You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”
Selwyn starts off with this challenging statement: “Today, we carry on considering that when we ask God to give us His companionship, even though He has already pledged to do so, this may be a sign of our struggle to believe.”
Further on, he says: “To affirm something (that has been promised through the Word of Scripture) is to acknowledge that God wants to give us what we desire and all we have to do is to open ourselves to it. We do not have to plead that we might experience His presence we simply have to affirm it. …
There is no need to constantly ask God for His presence. The matter is settled for ever. So don’t pray for it: affirm it and be strengthened and courageous in His company today.”
I liked the last part of today’s prayer: “Dear Father … In You I live and move and have my being. Thank You that You are with me everywhere I go. I am eternally grateful. Amen.”