I bless the Lord who gives me councel… Psalms 16:7-8

“I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.

I have set the LORD always before me;because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”

Psalms 16:7-8

My take: Wow, here is some terrific insight from David. First, he extols God for what He has done and shall do for him and his people. Earlier in the passage, he audibly speaks praise to his LORD. Second, David shares how God instructs him at night. When we sleep our conscious mind takes a break but our subconscious never sleeps. Our heart is linked to the Infinite one and serves our conscious mind. No doubt the subconscious is an wonderful aid and often under utilized. I believe its an intangible space that we connect our mind’s inner working gears with the Source’s workings. As we read, David wisely ‘sets’ the LORD before him always. He expects and trusts God to do the heavy lifting as his strong right hand. By ‘setting’ the LORD before him, He is aligning his being, will, whole mind and heart (conscious and subconscious), personhood to get in tune with God’s principles, character and pleasure.

God, unlike the animals programmed wonderfully to run on instinct, has created us in His image as stated in Genesis, more like his micro abilities than physical image. Our words, thoughts, emotions, relationships and programming matter; not in physical sense since they are invisible but in essense. Think about it!

No doubt God can choose to exercise His power to influence us and our circumstance however He sees fit (like He does with the Pharoah of Egypt) yet I see plenty of free will in operation for good and/or bad. So let us ‘set’ ourselves up for making the most of the precious time, talent and treasure bequeathed, as made (past and present) and making (present and future) available by the Creator to each of us.

My prayer: LORD, You are truly wonderful in all Your ways. Help me to mine your Scripture to better understand and implement them in my life and leave this place for the better.

Experiencing God

Our church is studying the book: Experiencing God by Henry Blackeby.

This is actually the 2nd time I have done this study, the first circa 1997-98.

What Christian hasn’t or doesn’t want to know God better and fully experience His being and doing?

Here is a succinct summation from Ch 5., which I put together.

I have and will be sharing my pondering and hope you find some value.

A seriously uplifting sculpture

A seriously uplifting sculpture. We all fall down at some point who can’t use some help?

Romans 8:11
And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you.

Romans 8:26
Now in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;