God is present

Today we focussed on the intimate presence of God. Not a presence we have to summon but one that is always with us calling us to live a life before God, a presence that is personal, present in Jesus. From the intimacy of prayer we have the power we need for the day.

We looked at Psalm 131:

Psalm 131

English Standard Version

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvellous for me.
2 But I have calmed and quietened my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
3 O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time forth and for evermore.

From this we looked at the end of Mark Chapter 3: 18- 21 where we hear Jesus call himself a bridegroom whose presence brings such joy, his disciples need not fast.  Jesus also warns through pictures that the newness of the people he is gathering to him is not a reform, a patch for an old garment or a revival but something new, new wine that will burst the old wineskins.

Moving on he challenges those who criticise his disciples for Sabbath breaking. In so doing he also compares his rule with the kingship of David. The controversy deepens as again Jesus aligns himself with the prophecy given in Daniel 7. He is the Son of Man with authority; he is the Lord of the Sabbath who is able to say….

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

The bridegroom picture is one that is expressed wonderfully in Isaiah 62, and Jesus excites us to know, for each one of us and as a people that…

You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4 You shall no more be termed Forsaken,[a]
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate,[b]
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,[c]
and your land Married;[d]
for the Lord delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marries a young woman,
so shall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.

Jesus is Lord. He has authority to forgive sins and he makes the way clear for each one of us, no matter how forsaken or barren we feel. Please join us to find a place of prayer and rest in a busy week. From intimacy in prayer God is able to do many things.

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