Just Sayin' (Part 3)

As we begin part 3 of our study, I want to tie in the verse from Psalms 16:11 with not only the King James Version, but also the New American Standard Bible and the Message.

God's presence is the answer to our prayers

Before we get too much further into today's post, let me offer a statement about prayer that is worthy of consideration.

The object of prayer is not always the answer, but rather finding ourselves in the presence of the Lord.

Why? Because it is in His presence that we find the answer. He alone is our one true source of everything and anything.

Perhaps a quote from Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus, will help us get a sense of what God's presence brings. When Jesus came, they both said, “Lord, if You had been here our brother would not have died!”

Jesus was the human embodiment of God’s presence, and wherever He went the Father’s presence was made known.

A look at Psalm 16:11

Let’s look again at this verse from Psalm 16:11 in three separate versions.

“Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy, at Thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” (KJV)

“You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” (NASB)

“Now you’ve got my feet on the life path,
all radiant from the shining of your face.
Ever since you took my hand,
I’m on the right way.” (Message)

We have already been given all spiritual blessings in Christ

Now let me unite this verse with this thought - in Jesus we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places.

What both Ephesians 3:1 and Psalm 16:11 are declaring is that the child of God becomes the recipient of a vast array of resources. In other words, we need to understand that these resources are already available and are purchased according to our needs and according to our faith.

I encourage you to appropriate each day the resources of the Father’s presence.

And to emphasize this, here’s a quote from the Apostle Peter.

“...seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” 2 Peter 1:3 (NASB).

Blessings and Prayers,
Pastor Gene

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