Friday, May 2, 2014

Meditation on the Presence

Carolyn Miller, the coordinator of the United Prayer Tower for Camps Farthest Out, sent a great 21 day meditation and prayer vigil for the Annual Meeting of CFO and the CFOI Board Meeting with a scripture each day to direct us to what the Word says about God's Presence.

I have excerpted the scriptures she recommends each day for meditation because life really is all about God's Presence.  As Moses said in Ex. 33:15, "If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here."  Moses certainly understood how important the Presence is, didn't he?

Invitation : Psalm 95: 2 
"Come before His Presence with thanksgiving 
and make a joyful noise with music and song!"

May 11: Psalm  91: 1 
"He who dwells in the Presence of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." (Psalm 91: 1-16...God's Character: Security)

May 12Psalm 139: 7
"Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your Presence?
(Psalm 139: 1-6 & 8-18...God's Presence; Power; Knowledge)

May 13: Psalm 46: 1
"God is our refuge and strength, an Ever-Present help in trouble." 
(Psalm 46: 1-11...God's Trust; Deliverance; Supremacy; Be Still & Know)

May 14: Psalm 51: 10-12
"Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Your Presence. Take not Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your Salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me."
(Psalm 51: 1-19...Confession; Pardon; Restoration)

May 15Revelation 2: 3-4
"You persevered...endured hardships for My Name...have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against have forsaken your First Love."
(Psalm 139: 23-24 & Psalm 24: 3-10...Search our hearts; Glorify God!)

May 16: Revelation 3: 20
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me."
(Revelation 3: 15-22...God's Discipline...Let us hear what the Spirit says)

May 17: Psalm 31: 19-20
"How great is your goodness stored up for those who fear you and trust you. In the 'Secret of Your Presence' you hide them from 'Pride of Man'"
(Psalm 31: 14-24...Love the Lord; Hope in Him; He will strengthen your heart)

May 18: Psalm 41: 12
"In my integrity you uphold me and set me in Your Presence forever."
(Psalm 41: 1-13 & Psalm 9: 3...The Lord's Blessings; Mercy; Healing)

May 19: Psalm 23: 5
"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows" (Psalm 23: 1-6...The Good Shepherd; Guide; Protector; Constant Companion)

May 20: Psalm 89: 15
"Blessed are the people who have learned to acclaim you; who walk in the light of Your Presence, O Lord." (Psalm 89: 1-18...Faithfulness)

May 21: Psalm 34: 11
"Come My children, listen to Me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord."
(Psalm 34: 1-22...Giving Thanks; God's Righteous Instruction)

May 22: Psalm 16: 11
"You have made known to me the path of life. You will fill me with joy in
Your Presence with eternal pleasures at your right hand."
(Psalm 16: 1-11...The Beauty of God's Spiritual Inheritance)

May 23Colossians 1: 27
"God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery of the Word of God in its fullness, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory!" (Colossians 3: 11-17...Christ is all and is in all)

May 24:   Isaiah 55: 6
"Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call on Him while He is near." (Isaiah 55: 1-13...God's Word Goes Forth...God's Will Accomplished)

May 25:  Psalm 100: 2
"Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before His Presence with singing." (Psalm 100: 1-5...Calling all people to Praise and Worship the Lord)

May 26John 14: 19b-20
"Because I live, you also will shall know I am in my are in me...I am in you." (1st Corinthians 12: 12-25...With Christ all are baptized by One Spirit into One Body)

May 27John 15: 15
"I no longer call you servants because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have call you friends, for everything that I learned from My Father I have made known to you." (John 15: 5-17...Chosen by God...
Appointed by God...Go and Bear Fruit)

May 28:  John 17: 15
"My prayer is not that You take them out of the world, but that You protect them from the evil one." (John 17: 6-25...Sanctified by God)

May 29:  Ephesians 2: 10
"We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2: 19-22 & Ephesians 4: 1-6...Thank God for His Grace Given to Us)

May 30:  Hebrews 7: 24-25
"Christ entered Heaven...appearing for us in God's Presence...He is able to save whoever comes to God through Him...He lives to intercede for us." (Hebrews 10: 19-25...God's Call to Persevere)

May 31:  Jude verse 24-25
"To Him who is able to keep your from falling and to present you before His Glorious Presence without fault and with great the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power, authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!" (Jude verses 17-22...praying in the Holy Spirit and keeping yourself in the Love of God)

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