7th May 2019

Be Still and Know - 'You Know My Thoughts Even When I'm Far Away'

(from www.premierchristianradio.com)

 

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Psalm 139:2 NLT

 

'You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.'

 

My morning devotions are a mix of standing and sitting. I stand and speak out my daily office taken from the Orthodox Church, and sit as I meditate, reflect and engage in Lectio Divina. Reassuring, therefore, to have confirmation that God knows when I sit and when I stand.

It is in discovering what it is to be known by God that my freedom as a human being is born. For what is there in life that can intimidate me if I know that I am known by the Lord of all creation? The greatest challenge in our walk of discipleship is deepening our personal friendship with God. It’s one thing to have a testimony of where I first met with Jesus. Yet, as with every relationship, it is insufficient for that relationship to flourish. I have been guilty in the past of embracing and then parking God somewhere at my convenience, while I got on with living my life. I took blessing for granted and failed to communicate in any substantial way that my friendship with God was important to me.

I have learned that God is far more present than I am at most times. As I meditate or pray, my mind can wander and quickly become absorbed with my own thoughts. I come back to earth with a bump, realising I am praying, yet have been oblivious of the words of my prayer or the source of my life. Initially I would feel guilty, emotionally ‘beat myself up’ a little. But God revealed that although my mind strayed, God remained present and my words remained directed towards God even as my attention wandered. God always knows my thoughts, even as my mind strays. This is not to take God for granted: “Oh well, God knows what I’m thinking so I’m really praying 24/7.” No. Even as I struggle with my rhythm of prayer, God is with me despite my human distractions. My intention is what counts, for God looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).

 

QUESTION: What are your rhythms of prayer?

 

PRAYER: Lord, that you truly know me frees me from the game of pretend. Help me remove the mask and be honest with you.


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