Feeling God’s Light in Your Life in Psalm 27:1
Dave Cover: This is Christian Meditation for A Bigger Life. I'm Dave Cover. I want to help you with Christian meditation and experience God's presence through biblically guided imagination, where you can draw near to God and get the stress and anxiety out of your mind, out of your heart and out of your body so you can live a bigger life. If your podcast app is set to skip silent sections, disable that now in your app settings. To begin, lie flat on your back. If that's not practical for you right now, then sit comfortably in a chair, uncross your legs and close your eyes. And begin to take in slow, deep breaths through your nose into your belly, using your stomach muscles to make your belly rise with each intake and with each exhale, focus your mind on letting go of tension in all the muscles of your body. Using your imagination, focus on feeling the weight of every part of your body, feeling heavier, being pulled down by gravity, letting go of holding yourself up. Using your imagination, think of your body like water flowing downstream. This is a time for you to completely relax every muscle in your body. Focus your mind on that. You are in a solitary place, maybe not physically, but at least let it be so mentally. This is a quiet time for you to reintegrate and recalibrate your mind with your body. And it's a time to reintegrate and recalibrate your mind and body with God's presence with you and in you. This is a time for you to be alone and to be alone with God. Remember the quote the Apostle Paul says in Acts 17:28," In him, you live and move and have your being." Imagine and feel this in all the parts of your body. In him you live and move and have your being. Your body is a life from God, in him you live and move and in him, you have your being. You are intricately inseparably connected to God in every part of your body, whether you realize it or not. So what you're doing now is recalibrating your mind and your body and your awareness with also an awareness of God's spirit in you and with you. You're imagining this reality in your body, in him, you live and move and have your being. Try to keep your mind focused on the feeling of your inner body all at once. Imagine your mind going within your body and feeling your body from within, this is imagination. Psalm 139 says that God created your inmost being, that's an imaginative phrase. Your inmost being, being something that God is intimately, infinitely present with. Feel this in your imagination. Imagine this your mind going within your inmost being, and feel your inmost being all throughout your body being given life by God. And focus on relaxing your whole body and this feeling of your body relaxing with each exhale of your breath. You feel it as a subtle sensation at first, but the more attention you give to feeling it, the stronger this feeling will become. And then when you start to feel it, try to keep your mind there, feeling it. You are mentally embracing and inhabiting your body. You are embracing your body as part of who you are. God loves your body and inhabits your body because your body is a part of who you are forever. You will have a resurrection of your body in your eternal salvation, so try to hold this imagination, try to hold this feeling of feeling your whole body. Relax, let go of tension. Try to be intensely present in every part of your body by using your imagination. This is just imagination, but by your imagination you can feel your body and feel into your body the reality that God is the giver of all life. In him, you live and move and have your being. Every cell in your body, God is present with every cell in your body, imagine this and feel it using your imagination. Of course, not every cell in your body is life giving. There are some cells in your body that are invasive and harmful, and you have other cells in your body created to fight those unhealthy cells. So imagine this, the healthy harm fighting cells in your body overcoming the invasive cells in your body. This is imagination, but your body often responds to your imagination. For example, your heart races after a stressful dream. All that is imagination affecting your body, affecting your body's chemistry, affecting your body's physiological responses all by your imagination. We know that our anxious imaginations negatively affect our bodies all the time. There are a thousand ways your imagination affects your body one way or the other all throughout your day. So imagine this, everywhere in your body right now, healthy, life- giving cells thriving in your body being strengthened with life all throughout your body and every unhealthy cell being overcome by the healthy life- giving cells in your body, imagine this, feel this. Imagine healthy cells replacing damaged cells in your body. All throughout your body, healthy cells being given life and strength replacing damaged cells, harmful cells. In him, you live and move and have your being. Continue to focus on your breathing, calm, slow, breathing in through your nose and sending the air low into your belly. And with each exhale, feeling the presence of God in your body, replacing tension. A common practice in meditation is called progressive relaxation. It's where you intentionally focus your mind on specific parts of your body and to release any tension there, or just be mindful of that part of your body. In many ways, you're just reintegrating your mind with your body and bringing the intention of relaxation to specific parts of your body, letting go of tension. So begin right now with your feet, just become aware of your feet. There may not be any tension that you feel in your feet, that's not a likely place for tension, but you can bring your mind's awareness to your feet, feeling your feet, the weight of your feet, the mass of your feet, feeling your toes, each toe, feeling the bottoms of your feet, the tops of your feet, your heels, ankles, and just becoming aware of your feet lying there. Moving your awareness up to your legs, your calves, just be aware of them lying there, relaxed. Your knees, your thighs. Relax, both your legs as if they are limp noodles, lying there, feeling the weight of your legs, the mass of your legs being pulled down by gravity. Your feet, your ankles, your calves, your knees, your thighs, and now your pelvic area. Just becoming aware. And if there's any tension in your pelvic area, focus on releasing that tension now. Now moving up to your abdomen, the abdomen is a typical place where we hold visceral anxiety. Maybe you feel that, or maybe you don't, but focus your mind on letting go, releasing any tension in your belly, any clenching in your belly. Focus on relaxing all the muscles in your abdomen, up into your chest and now around to your back. We often hold stress in our back. If you feel any stress or tension in your back, just let it go, release those muscles now, using your mind, releasing any clenched muscles in your back and feeling your back lying there, being held by gravity toward the ground and becoming heavier. Your whole torso now feeling heavy, relaxed, weighty, being pulled down by gravity. Now up into your shoulders, and letting your shoulders drop toward the ground letting go of any tension, letting go of holding yourself up. Now down to your arms, your wrists, your hands, your fingers, your thumbs, and feeling your hands and wrists and your arms feeling heavy. And feel your arms and your legs together like limp noodles lying there, heavy, totally relaxed, totally let go. Your shoulders, your torso, and now moving your awareness up your neck and feeling relaxation into your neck. Focus on your tongue, your tongue is one big muscle going all the way back deep into your throat, down into your neck. Let that muscle let go, lie there doing nothing, becoming completely heavy. And feel how that releases tension in your entire face, your jaw. Letting your jaw become relaxed and your top teeth separating from your bottom teeth as your bottom teeth drop lower. Up into your cheeks, just becoming aware of any tension in your cheeks and letting them go. All the tension go, letting them completely drop. You don't have to hold your face up. You don't have to present a face right now. Up into your temples and your ears, release, let go. Around your eyes, the muscles behind your eyes often feel tight when you feel tension. You can tell when people are stressed by looking at their eyes, something about those muscles that get particularly tight, become aware and let them go. Let them completely relax. Your eyes just lie there in their sockets, not being squeezed by muscles, not being pressed, but lying there completely relaxed. Now your forehead, and moving to your scalp, the top of your head, let the muscles release. And now the back of your head, the same thing, let those muscles in the back of your head completely release. Inside the back of your head towards your neck, inside there is the part of your brain called the limbic system, this is the fight or flight sympathetic nerve system area. This is where you go on your guard and protect yourself and have self protective reflexes, just imagine that letting go. Using your imagination, imagine that part of your brain feeling release. You're not in danger. You're not being threatened. Imagine your limbic system just lying there, relaxed. You don't have to protect yourself. You don't have to feel threatened. Now imagine your whole body lying there calm and relaxed, feeling heavy. In him, you live and move and have your being. Imagine this reality all throughout your entire body, head to toe, arms and legs, hands and feet, shoulders and torso. As you continue to focus on your relaxed breathing and your body letting go of tension and stress, let me read Psalm 27: 1," The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?" This is poetry, so it's loaded with lots of words of imagery activating our imagination. And the first word is YHWH, the Hebrew name for God that is the most common reference for God all throughout the Old Testament. It's the ancient Hebrew verb for he is, because God told Moses," I am. Tell them I am sent you." So God's name is he is. And so here, David says," He is my light and my salvation." The I am, the one who is the source of all being, all existence. He's the I am, he is, he is. The giver of all life, he is, he is. The one who inhabits eternity, he is outside of time. He always is," The one who is and was and is to come," it says in revelation. He's the eternal one. And he is, is infinitely present, always, 100% with you without being any less present anywhere else. He is 100% present everywhere in all creation. He's infinite. So he is, is my light and my salvation. Light in the Bible is the idea of life, overcoming darkness and death with life. The very first sentences of the Bible, Genesis 1:1- 2: 3," Now the Earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep and the spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said," Let there be light, and there was light."" YHWH, the I am, is light. Imagine and feel this, God speaking light into your darkness, into your emptiness and chaos, hovering over your darkness, hovering over your body right now, hovering over the emptiness in your life, any chaos in your life, hovering over anything that makes you anxious, feel tension and stress. And God says," Let there be light," And he makes his light shine upon you. The Lord is my light, imagine and feel this in your entire body right now. Light is often a synonym of life, you can't have life without light. Light brings life. So Psalm 36: 9 says," For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light." With you is the fountain of life? God's light is life. He speaks life and light into you right now, for with you is the fountain of life. Imagine this right now God's fountain of life, God's light bringing life into you right now, your whole body. 2 Timothy 1: 10 in the New Testament, Paul writes," Our Savior, Christ Jesus, abolished death and brought life and immorality to light through the Gospel." Light and life go together, so that when YHWH is your light, he's also your life. And the Gospel is, is that his light, his life, has abolished death and brought immorality and life to light through the Gospel. Feel this light, this life inhabiting your entire body now because Christ has come as a body and died for you and destroyed death," Abolished death," Paul says, and brought life and immorality to light. He's obviously talking about eternal life when he says immortality, but that eternal life even begins now. Feel this immortality in your soul, and even now the life of God in your body because of Jesus Christ in you, the Holy Spirit indwelling you. You will have a resurrection of your body, but it will be the transformation of your body now, it's not going to be an altogether new body. So even now your body is part of your salvation. This life brought by light through Jesus abolishing death. Feel this in your body now, the I am is your light, your life. Feel this all through your body now, using your imagination, feeling God's light in you, God's life flowing through you. Psalm 56: 13 says," For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life." Here again, light and life are imaginative words that go together, walking before God in the light of life." For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life." YHWH is your light, your life. Feel this now in your body, imagine his light, his life flowing through you, delivering you from death so that you can walk before God in the light of life. This is prophetic of the new creation and your resurrection, but its reality is true even now, even now he's delivered you ultimately from death, ultimately from stumbling. Even now, you may walk before God in the light of life with this Holy Spirit indwelling you, filling you with his light and his life. The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? Salvation is deliverance in the Bible, rescue, safety, freedom, even prosperity, of course. What the world calls prosperity is very different than what the Bible calls prosperity. The prosperity in the Bible is unimaginatively better. But ultimate salvation in the Bible is never about dying and going to heaven, it's about living instead of dying. More than that, it's about living the life you were meant to live, a life of flourishing joy, freedom, security. This is the ultimate narrative of the Bible, heaven is dwelling in the visible presence of God. God is salvation and God and heaven are returning to earth physically when Christ returns and we will have resurrection on a resurrected Earth. This is salvation. But the layers of salvation in the Bible are true for us even now. Even now, there is salvation from our emptiness and our chaos and our darkness. Even now there is rescue and healing in life because the spirit of God lives in you even now. Even now, your body is a temple of his Holy Spirit and you have his life and his joy and his salvation inhabiting your body even now. So imagine this, feel this all throughout your body, the Lord is your light and your salvation. The Lord is a stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? The stronghold of your life is the idea of a fortified place, often these were fortified places that were fortresses on top of a rocky cliff. The same idea as my rock and my fortress and my refuge in other Psalms, like the one we looked at in the last episode, Psalm 62: 6," He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. My mighty rock, my refuge is God. The I am is the stronghold, the fortress, the refuge, the mighty rock of your life. Feel this security now throughout your whole body, God is your fortress and you are behind God as your fortress. Everything in your life is behind God as your refuge. God is the stronghold of your life. God is your fortress. God is your refuge. Focus on this and feel this reality in your whole body right now, breathing in the security that God is your light, the I am is your life and your light and your salvation and the stronghold of your life. You are behind him as your fortress and refuge, his life and his light is bringing salvation into your body replacing the darkness with his light and life, replacing the chaos with his flourishing and prosperity for you. A prosperity that is greater than anything you can imagine. Real prosperity, the prosperity where God is your greatest reward, this is God's promise to you. And this is reality right now that your life is in, your body is in. The I am is your light. The I am is your salvation. The I am is the stronghold of your life, when you are secure forever. Feel this in your body right now, replacing anxiety with a calm confidence, replacing tension with his light and life, salvation and fortress. Breathing in the calm of God's presence. In him, you live and move and have your being, and breathing out and letting go of tension, anxiety, insecurity, anger. The Lord is your light, your life, your salvation, the stronghold of your life. Let that replace fear. Let that replace anxiety and insecurity. He only is your rock and your salvation, he is your fortress, you shall not be shaken. He is your mighty rock. Your refuge is God, for he has delivered you from death and your feet from stumbling so that you may walk before God in the light of life. Your savior Christ, Jesus abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel that you believe. For with God is the fountain of life, and in his light, you see light, the spirit of God hovering over you and he says," Let there be light," and there is light. He is your life. So say quietly to yourself," The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? For with you is the fountain of life." Amen. If you found this podcast helpful, please subscribe so you'll be sure to receive our next episode each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Our audio engineer is Diego Huaman. Thanks for listening to Christian Meditation for a Bigger Life.
Christians Meditation is entering a solitary place. If not physically, then at least let it be so mentally. This is a quiet time for you to re-integrate and re-calibrate your mind with your body. And re-integrate and re-calibrate your mind and body with God‘s presence with you and in you. This is a time for you to be alone. And to be alone with God. Remember the quote from the apostle Paul in Acts 17:28 – In him you live and move and have your being.
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Psalms 27:1 (NIV)
The LORD is my light and my salvation —
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
This is poetry so it’s loaded with a lot of words of imagery. Appealing to our imagination.
The LORD. Yahweh. HE IS.
(HE IS) is my light.
Life. Overcoming darkness and death.
Genesis 1:2-3 (NIV)
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
Psalms 36:9 (ESV)
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light.
2 Tim 1:10 (ESV)
…Our Savior Christ Jesus…abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
Psalms 56:13 (NIV)
For you have delivered me from death
and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.
(HE IS) is my salvation. Deliverance. Rescue. Safety. Freedom. Prosperity. Of course what the world calls prosperity is very different than what the Bible calls prosperity. But ultimate salvation in the Bible is never about dying and going to heaven. It’s about living instead of dying. But more than that – it’s about living the life you were meant to live. A life of flourishing. Joy. Freedom. Security. This is the ultimate narrative of the Bible. Heaven is dwelling in the visible presence of God. God is Salvation, and God/heaven is returning to earth and we will have resurrection on a resurrected earth. This is salvation. But the layers of salvation are true for us even now. Even now there is salvation from our emptiness and our chaos and our darkness. Even now there is rescue. Healing. Life. Because the Spirit of God lives in you even now. Even now your body is a temple of his Holy Spirit. You have his life and his joy and his salvation inhabiting your body even now.
(HE IS) is my stronghold. The stronghold of my life. The Hebrew word here for a stronghold means a fortified place. Often these were fortresses on top of a rocky cliff. So same idea as my “rock” and my “fortress” and my “refuge” in other psalms.
Psalm 62:6-7 ESV
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
…My mighty rock, my refuge is God.
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