Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Psalm 15 Abiding

Once we have had a taste of “knowing” God, most of us have the desire to remain in that space and time. Those moments of abiding give us the gift of forgetting our self and being our Self in all its glory. We seek techniques or methods to sustain to that unitive experience. Unfortunately the more effort we give to “trying” to achieve that experience again, the more likely we are to push it away. Eventually we find that the simple spiritual practices keep us on the narrow path from which our awareness of the Presence of the Divine is more focused. From those practices we open ourselves step by step to a Spirit-led life.

What does it mean to abide in an omnipresent God? Clearly, it is not God that changes or moves. God is within us and in our midst always. To abide in God really means that we as individuals turn our full attention towards the Divine. It is a way of being in the world but not of it. It is a moment of pause minute by minute to listen to the deep inner voice. It is the knowledge that in all things we can rest in God.

The consciousness of abiding is not obtained by an outward attempt at adhering to some human-designed moral code. Instead, it is a product of an inward journey of discipline that is supported by a loving relationship with God. Eventually this inner experience of the love of God is outwardly expressed in the world. We become firmly rooted in Spirit and abide in the commonwealth of God. When we know God in this way we have a secure center from which all blessings flow!

And so it is! Amen!