Walking Hand in Hand

Walking hand in hand can evoke fond memories of a loved one, such as a special friend or trusted adult. There is a mutuality which unfolds as the pace is set by one and matched by the other, so that the movement occurs in graceful tandem.
Today's Psalm invites us to ponder the mutual companions of love and truth walking in tandem with us, all the while attending to us. It is God's perfect, unfailing love which enables us to be unafraid and unashamed of truth and courageous in it's presence. When you begin your prayer today, imagine love and truth as your faithful companions while you enter and dwell in God's presence. 

Psalm 89:14-18 (NLT)

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne.
    Unfailing love and truth walk before you as attendants.
Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship,
    for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation.
    They exult in your righteousness.
You are their glorious strength.
    It pleases you to make us strong.
Yes, our protection comes from the Lord,
    and he, the Holy One of Israel, has given us our king.

For Prayer and Reflection:

Is there a word, a phrase, an image or something else that stood out to you as you listened? Try being there with Jesus for awhile.

What color comes to mind when you consider any or all of these phrases? Righteousness, justice, unfailing love, or truth. Try drawing and coloring a picture of them...is the Spirit expanding your knowing of Jesus in this?

Reflect on your experience(s) of "walking in the light of your presence, Lord". Journal your reflection.

Living Large

Psalm 138, a resounding "thank you" to God, reminds us again just how good the Good News truly is. God is ever the initiator. And we always have the choice of our response. The moment we accept God's invitation by calling out, God steps in and "makes our life large with strength" (TMG).

May you be encouraged by these words of testimony spoken by those around the table:

"It's so no all up to me"
"The Lord will work out his plans for my life - I'm resting in that"
"Thank you God for cutting off this shackle in my life"
"Both hands hold me"
"I really like being alive in Christ"
"For me it used to be that if it was not all good, it's not good. Now I am thankful"
"I'm anticipating the Advent of God's grace afresh this year"
"I can fall and rest in God's presence"

May the Spirit meet you as you dwell with Psalm 138.

Psalm 138 (NLT)
1 I give you thanks, O LORD, with all my heart;
    I will sing your praises before the gods.
2 I bow before your holy Temple as I worship.
    I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness;
for your promises are backed
    by all the honor of your name.
3 As soon as I pray, you answer me;
    you encourage me by giving me strength.
4 Every king in all the earth will thank you, LORD,
    for all of them will hear your words.
5 Yes, they will sing about the LORD’s ways,
    for the glory of the LORD is very great.
6 Though the LORD is great, he cares for the humble,
    but he keeps his distance from the proud.
7 Though I am surrounded by troubles,
    you will protect me from the anger of my enemies.
You reach out your hand,
    and the power of your right hand saves me.
8 The LORD will work out his plans for my life—
    for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever.
    Don’t abandon me, for you made me.

For Reflection and Prayer:

What word, a phrase, image, or feeling caught your attention as you listened? Bring it into your prayer. Journal what Jesus says in response to you.

What gratitude arises out of your whole heart towards God? What are you most thankful for in this season? Consider the smallest of things you are grateful for and make your own gift list.

Where have you experienced God making your life “large with strength”? Is there a place now within you which cries out for this again to God? Bring it into your prayer.