“This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.” Psalm 132.14
These words were spoken by God about Zion – his chosen place. However in the New Testament things have moved on and we are told that, as Christians, we are temples of the Holy Spirit and our bodies are physical places where God dwells (see 1 Corinthians 3.16 and 6.19). Our difficulty with this is usually two-fold: we don’t feel it and we don’t remember it.
It’s hard to know what we are actually expecting to feel, but feelings can be deceptive. There is a difference between what we feel and what we know to be the truth. A helpful exercise is to take a verse and consciously repeat it for several minutes, so that the truth and reality of it can fill our minds. Today’s verse is a great one to use. Different translations phrase it differently, but the sense is that it is God’s pleasure to live in us, and all of him is dwelling in all of us.
As you breathe in, fill your mind with the phrase: “This is my resting place” - and hear God speaking those words about you. Then as you breathe out, focus on – “here I will sit enthroned”.
After a few minutes, ponder what it means for you to be a resting place for God, and what difference that will make to you today.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission