Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Notwithstanding: Light into Flame

Our wills must be abandoned to the will of God, our bodies presented as a living sacrifice. It is through the body that all the gracious principles and affections of believers reveal themselves in life, through action our belief becomes palpably manifest to the world. We are moved, powerfully, to an overcoming love toward 'time-blinded' mankind.

The life we live of structure/friction/stress must be counter-balanced by faith/works/worship. What is true, I mean what is really true, truth that touches the heart and soul, impacts upon all these elements of life. It seems impossible that in our time-torn lives we could find peace amid peril, compassion amid conflict, empathy amid employment ... Isaiah 26:3, "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed upon You, because he trusts in you."

Being 'stayed' requires a sense of continuously renewed immediacy of unceasing orientation towards God. It is about the framework of thought and intent whereby we process and filter the daily grind effluent. It is about an inward orientation and practice of finding solace for our soul, that we may be a walking, awakened Christ "clothed in earthly form and action".

"As thou art in church or cell, that same frame of mind carry out into the world; into its turmoils and fitfulness." Deep within is the inner sanctuary of the soul, eternity within our hearts, timelessness within our time-torn life, a holy place, that place where the warming intimacy of worship connects with intimations of our invincible necessity, our need for God, our desperate compulsion for rescue and safety.

We live life thinking, talking, seeing, calculating, meeting demands while at the same instance maintaining a perpetual receptiveness to the 'staying power' of our faith. The Divine voice within translating the voices of this world, re-turning our hearts to His purpose, re-judging the outward deeds of others and ourselves, re-seeing the affairs of men, and enabling us to respond in love and faith.

Psalm 77:13, "Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God?" It is remembrance and memory, dwelling. To counter doubt, fear, darkness, snares we need mental habits of inward orientation upon prayer, worship and surrender. It is in persistent practice of turning all of who we are to He Who can comfort that we find solace, spontaneity and simplicity.

"What is here urged are internal practices and habits of the mind. What is here urged are secret habits of unceasing orientation of the deeps of our being about the Inward Light, ways of conducting our inward life so that we are perpetually bowed in worship while we are busy in the world of daily affairs. What is here urged are inward practices of the mind at deepest levels, letting it swing like the needle, to the polestar of the soul."

"...wheras we had been drifting, now we swim."
Afterall, What the hell is water?

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