Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Psalm 16 Divine Protection

One of the most important aspects of a relationship with the Divine is that it improves the believer’s everyday life. This is commonly referred to as the protection of God. For the faithful there is a perspective on every situation that is beyond the worldly appearance. Without faith in God and the spiritual perspective, the world seems to be an evil place. This prayer of thanksgiving to God is a strong affirmation of faith that there is no good apart from the Divine. The spiritual life offers us the ability to see any circumstance from the divine point of view (holy ones in the land).

Many of us worship false gods: money, prestige, stature, etc. When we keep worldly pursuits foremost in our lives, we make ourselves miserable (multiply their sorrows). These things offer temporary fixes, but in the end they drain us of life (offerings of blood) and cannot satisfy our souls.

When we choose the inner path (the Lord is my chosen portion and my cup) and we willingly surrender to Divine will, we find ourselves satisfied with the way that our life has turned out because we have all that we want, need, and some things we never dreamed of (the boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places). We can claim our abundant Divine inheritance (goodly heritage).

As we embrace the guidance of the Lord, even when things are unclear or befuddled (night) the power and presence of the Christ within (heart) leads us in the right direction. With God at the core of our every thought and feeling (keeping the Lord before me), we cannot be swayed or confused.

When we allow our lives to be led by Spirit, we can be certain that we too can reap the fruits of our Divine inheritance (fullness of joy, pleasures). We are secure in heart, soul, and body because we have been shown the spiritual journey rather than being left to the death of the worldly concerns. God's path is the path to eternal life.

And so it is! Amen

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Psalm 127 Our Foundation

Frequently, we encounter people who believe that they are the masters of their own successes. They will not acknowledge a higher presence at work in their lives. They toil away at their lives attempting to reach greater heights. These are inevitably the same people who find themselves in a great mess in their lives at some point, because instead of identifying with their spiritual nature, they have identified themselves with some worldly thing (money, job title, familial role, etc.). Once the world as they know it has been taken away from them, they struggle to find meaning in their lives.

The only thing that we can be sure of in this world is change. To build a foundation for our life that is so transient is asking for trouble. The way to find peace and security is in a relationship with the Divine. God is the unchangeable Presence that brings the gift of peace of mind (sleep). 

The fruit of trusting in God is the multitude of Divine ideas with which we are entrusted (sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord). These are the inklings and glimpses that we receive when we take the time to listen to the Christ within us. God constantly provides us the opportunity to participate in the activity of Spirit, but in order to hear we must be actively, and intentionally receptive. Even the most casual Divine idea has great potency (like arrows in the hand of a warrior). These are the ideas that transform our lives and the world for the better.

For all of the effort we put into life, if we redirect that effort to reconnecting to our spiritual Source, the rest of the pieces of life will fall into place with ease. From this grounding we “find our place in the world.” We experience a sense that we are where we are supposed to be, doing what we are supposed to be doing. We find great meaning and purpose in our lives. We have our quivers full.

And so it is! Amen!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Psalm 146 Trust in God

Human beings are strange creatures in that we trust that the sun will rise and set but do not trust in the omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence of God. No other creature in all of creation has less than absolute faith in Spirit; that which is behind, within and around everything we experience. It is absurd for us to trust in the sun but not trust in God. Each and everyday we are confronted with the miracles that are proof of this Presence, yet we question.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Psalm 34 Lessons for Life

One of the most challenging aspects of the spiritual life is that the Divine requires a blank canvas (poor soul), on which to paint its perfect portrait. We must approach God with pure humility, laying aside our personal will, in the search for true spiritual understanding. Any troubles we experience are only a reflection of our erroneous beliefs of our separation from God and each other. We experience separation primarily when we become deeply self-centered. When we choose to make ourselves our center, our connection to God fades.