grace as something that lifts us out from things that we consider undesirable. I think this is because so many of us only turn to God when things get bad and we feel we cannot handle it ourselves. But this is only half the story. These verses remind us that the from implies a to. Being saved is not only deliverance from “bad things,” it must be also understood as delivered to an abundance of good.
When God makes God’s face to shine upon us, we are lit from within by Spirit. Our whole person glows with the Presence. Prayer and praise open the door for the blessings of Spirit to descend into our consciousness. We place our lives in the “hands” of God and we are guided by God in all that we do (that your way may be known upon earth).
The saving power spoken of in verse two has the same root as the Hebrew word Yeshua, the word we sometimes use to describe Jesus the Christ. Yeshua means: saving power; something saved, i.e. (abstractly) deliverance; hence, aid, victory, prosperity:—deliverance, health, help(-ing), salvation, save, saving (health), welfare. The Christ within us is the guide, that saving grace that is always at our disposal.
When we understand the way in which Spirit works, we can only sing for joy. Despite appearances, the Divine is impartial (judge the peoples with equity). The laws of Being are applicable to every person. As we give, so we will receive. As we think, so are we. This is equitable and just. Imagine a world in which the rules applied some of the time, or only for certain people. That would be a very difficult existence. But we have been given the rules and access to the guidance on how to best operate within the rules.
The Christ presence within is always waiting for us to call upon it for assistance. Most of us are caught up in our egos and the noise of the world and do not take the time to listen to that guidance. The voice within is almost never forceful or demanding (the exception is sometimes in life threatening circumstances). It waits for us to sit still and listen. Meditation, prayer and praise prepare us to communicate with the Guide within.
There is only one Power and Presence in the world. Praise removes the barriers in our consciousness that block our awareness of the presence of Spirit. What ever we think we praise. If we praise only God, all that is God’s will be ours. Opening our hearts and minds to the blessings of God brings our lives manifest abundance (earth has increased its yield). When we revere God in body, mind and soul; we are at one with the Source. All that we need and want is ours. And, of course, greater good than we can even imagine for ourselves.
And so it is! Amen!