More on Practicing the Presence of God

Recently God reminded me that, as a way of practicing His presence, I should spend more time with Him in Bible meditation.  I marvel at how He gained my attention in this matter.  It reminds me how much He loves us and how, if we let Him, He directs even the smallest detail of our lives.  Let me explain …

It all started when I ‘found’ a book I thought was long-lost; but there is was, hiding in plain sight on my bookcase!  I knew that this ‘find’ was not accidental so I moved the book to a more prominent position in my den.   The book was a series of daily meditations on the Psalms[1].  Soon after, at a Sunday teaching, a pastor spoke about the merits of Bible meditation, making a clear distinction between Bible study and Bible meditation.   The former involves reading the Bible for information and instruction and involves mostly the left (reasoning) side of your brain.  Meditation, on the other hand, is more right brain focused in which you allow the Holy Spirit to flow freely through your brain providing you with anointed reasoning from the mind of God. Bible study and Bible meditation are both good and necessary, they just serve different purposes.  If you are not familiar with hearing God speak to you, it would be helpful to read Days 16 & 17 in my book, Rise Up.

Later that evening, as I was watching my favourite baseball team on TV, I was prompted to switch channels and tune into a Christian channel. Guess what the TV Evangelist was preaching about?   You guessed it, Bible meditation!  “Okay Lord”, I said “you have my attention”, and with that I determined to start my daily meditation on the Psalms.  It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Psalm 1 starts out - “Blessed is the person who delights in the Law (the Word) of God and meditates on it day and night.  He will be like a tree planted by streams of (living) water, yielding its fruit in its season, and whose leaf does not wither. He will prosper in everything he does.  (Paraphrased from Psalm 1: 1-3)

As I meditated on these words I saw, in the Spirit, a green ribbon of trees meandering through a desert I heard in my spirit “As you meditate on my word you will become like a tree rooted in Me.  As I flow freely in you, you will know the mind of your God and rest in my presence.  You will be like a green ribbon of vegetation in the desert, a source of life and sustenance to the barren world around you.  You will be a place of shade and shelter from the scorching heat, and a source of nourishment and healing to those who are in need.   As you soak in my love I will support you, protect you and prosper you in all that you do …”

Why not try your own Bible meditation, and discover what the Lord wants to say to you. 

Blessings,

Michael

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[1] Prayer Praise & Promises by Warren Wiersbe.    The Good News Broadcasting Association, 1992