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Anywhere, Anytime

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Reading: Psalm 48: 9-14

Verse Nine: “Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love”.

The Israelites viewed the temple as God’s dwelling place. It was a sacred and holy place. When the psalmist writes, “Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love” to open our passage today, he would have really meant it. The temple was the place to connect to God and to worship God. After the period in exile and the dispersal of Jews around the known world, synagogues also became places to meditate and reflect on God’s word and to praise and worship God. Yet even then there remained the connection with the temple as the home of God.

As we jump forward to our time and frame if reference, the church sanctuary is often the place where people feel close to God. Yet it is a place of God’s presence and not necessarily God’s being. The sanctuary is a holy and sacred place, but we do not feel like any of our sanctuaries are the home of God.

This shift has led to two important things for me. It has helped my sense of God’s omnipresence. The idea that God can be present in all places speaks to me of the vastness and unlimited nature of God. This ties into the unfailing love idea expressed by the psalmist. It also speaks of God’s presence in many other places besides the temple or synagogue or chruch. God can be intimately connected to during a walk on the beach, a hike in the woods, on a yoga mat in the living room, at the corner coffee shop… God can be and is encountered in many ways and in many places.

This shift also means that we can help others encounter God anywhere and anytime. This means we can minister to the broken and lost and hurting as instruments of God’s unfailing love wherever we encounter them. God is there too. Through loving others we can help them to meet and connect to God wherever they are at and whenever our paths cross. In doing so we are living out our faith and living into verse thirteen, telling of our God to the next generation of believers.

Lord God, bless us with opportunities to connect with you wherever we are and to witness to your power and presence with all we meet. May it be so today. Amen.

One thought on “Anywhere, Anytime

  1. FOR GOD , IS OUR GOD FOREVER AND EVER HE WILL GUIDE US.

    HOMELESS PEOPLE WILL FIND HOPE , BY THE FORM OF A JOB OFFER, WITH EDUCATION, MEDICAL NEEDS, RAPID CITY NEEDS , LOW INCOME HOUSING, LESS RED TAPE, PEOPLE WHO ARE 70 AND OVER ARE TAKING PART TIME JOBS JUST TO BE ABLE TO PAY FOR HEALTH INS. AND FOOD.
    WE NEED, MORE PRAYERS, TIME ALONE WITH CHRIST,
    DALE, A MAN WHO WAITES FOR A MAN MADE KIDNEY TO LIVE, HAS RED TAPE , HE TRYING TO WORK OUT SO HE WILL BE ABLE TO LIVE LIFE, HE NEEDS PRAYER ,
    EVERYONE, HAS SOMTHING GOING ON AND EVERYONE NEEDS PRAYER, SO TODAY IM PRAYING FOR ALL IN THIS WORLD OF GOD,
    FOR PEACE IN THEIR HEARTS, ENOUGHT FOOD FOR THE DAY, TO BE SAFE FROM HARM ,
    FOR EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT GOD DOES CARE.

    MAY JESUS CHRIST GO INTO THE HEARTS , OF ALL , MAY CHRIST THIS DAY BRING THE WORLD BACK INTO HIS ARMS. MAY PEOPLE HEAR THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL. AND RESPOND IN OBEDIENT IN FAITH. HAPPY 4TH OF JULY, MAY THIS DAY FILL EVERYONE WITH LOVE IN THEIR HEARTS. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME. 😉

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