God is Present in Every Anxious Moment from Psalm 118:6-7

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This is a podcast episode titled, God is Present in Every Anxious Moment from Psalm 118:6-7. The summary for this episode is: <p>An intense awareness of God‘s presence is always the antidote to anxiety and insecurity. Christians Meditation 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 – <em>In him you live and move and have your being</em>.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>If your podcast app is set to skip the silent sections, disable that in your podcast app for this podcast.</strong></p><p><br></p><p>Your body is part of your connection with God. Your connection/oneness with God is both physical and spiritual. <em>In him you live and move and have your being</em>.</p><p><br></p><p><em>So let’s bring spiritual reality into our meditation by looking at…</em></p><p><strong>Psalms 118:6-7 (NIV)</strong></p><p>The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.</p><p>What can mere mortals do to me?</p><p>The LORD is with me; he is my helper.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>This is another example of a Meditation where the Psalmist is mostly talking to himself. This is the kind of meditation God‘s people have been doing for thousands of years. And it’s what we’re doing here. You’re talking to yourself and using your imagination to feel <em>into</em> yourself — in your mind and body — you are imagining the unseen realities of what God’s Spirit (through his word) is telling you is <em>real</em>.</p><p><br></p><p><em>So </em>say this meditation quietly to yourself –</p><p>The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.</p><p><br></p><p>An intense awareness of God‘s presence is always the antidote to anxiety and insecurity. The logic of this meditation is that if Yahweh (The Hebrew name for God meaning HE IS) is with me, I do not have to be afraid. Nothing and nobody can do anything to me that doesn’t have to go through him first. And if God allows it then God is in it. And if God is in it he is with me and he is my helper in it.</p><p><br></p><p>So remember that phrase we looked at in our last episode whenever you feel anxiety coming on in a situation say to yourself “<em>God is present, he is in this with me, and I can trust him</em>.”</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Psalms 121:2 (NIV)</strong></p><p>My help comes from the LORD,</p><p>the Maker of heaven and earth.</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Psalms 125:2 (NIV)</strong></p><p>As the mountains surround Jerusalem,</p><p>so the LORD surrounds his people</p><p>both now and <strong>forevermore</strong>.</p><p><br></p><p>So always remember God’s promises of <strong><em>never</em></strong>, and <strong><em>forever</em></strong>.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)</strong></p><p>The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will <strong><em>never</em></strong> leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV)</strong></p><p>…God has said,</p><p>“Never will I leave you;</p><p>never will I forsake you.”</p><p>So we say with confidence,</p><p>“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.</p><p>What can mere mortals do to me?”</p><p><br></p><p><em>Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you</em> (Heb 13:5).&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>The forever God is your God forever (Rev. 21:3ff).&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Timestamps:</strong></p><p>00:44&nbsp;-&nbsp;13:16 Body Meditation</p><p>13:21&nbsp;-&nbsp;24:24 Bible Meditation Psalm 118:6-7</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Who can you share this podcast with? If you found this episode helpful, consider sharing it on social media or texting it to a friend you think might benefit from it.</strong></p><p><br></p><p>Follow Dave Cover on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/davecover" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">@davecover</a></p><p>Follow A Bigger Life on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/abiggerlifepod" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">@ABiggerLifePod</a></p><p><br></p><p>Our audio engineer is <a href="mailto:diego.huaman@thecrossingchurch.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Diego Huaman</a>.</p><p><br></p><p>This podcast is a ministry of <a href="https://www.thecrossingchurch.com" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">The Crossing</a>, a church in Columbia, Missouri, a college town where the flagship campus of the University of Missouri is located. </p>
Body Meditation
12:32 MIN
Bible Meditation Psalm 118:6-7
11:02 MIN

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 in your app settings so that you can have silence in this podcast episode. Silence is an important part of our meditation. To begin, life flat on your back, or sit comfortably in a chair. Uncross your legs, uncross your arms. If you can, close your eyes and begin to take in deep breaths, in through your nose and send the air deep into your belly, using your stomach muscles to make your belly rise with each inhale. Then, as you exhale, release the breath slowly, let your shoulders drop and your back relax. Feel your stomach muscles relax. Let your breathing be low and slow. Low into your belly, slow in through your nose. With each in breath send the air all the way down into your belly. Let all your breaths be belly breaths, if you can. Now, with your next out breath, say, quietly to yourself," Relax." Imagine all the tension in your body draining out. Imagine your body being like water, flowing downstream. Relaxing all the muscles in your body, but you may feel that certain areas are tense and tight and that when you try to let the tension go, you're not sure it's working. That's okay. We'll get there. If you can't feel released in some areas, don't worry about it. Just focus on breathing in through your belly slowly. Then, as you exhale, relaxing your entire body, a little bit more, feeling your body relax. Almost as if you're imagining your mind going inside your body and feeling your body from within and feeling your body relaxing. It's a sensation that you can feel if you pay attention to it. It's a quiet sensation. You don't have to do anything to get it. You just have to notice it with your mind as you exhale and feel your body relax. It's a sensation that you're noticing, feeling. Now, let's focus your attention down to your feet. Feel your feet. Usually, we don't hold tension in our feet. If you do feel tension, let it go. But otherwise, just feel your feet with your mind's awareness, the bottoms of your feet, tops of your feet. Your toes. Just focus on feeling your feet everywhere in your feet. Now, bring your attention to your ankles and your shins and your calf muscles. If there's any tension there, see if you can let that tension go a little bit more with each exhale. Just focusing on your lower legs: shins, calves, ankles. Now, bring your attention into your upper legs: your thighs, quads, hamstrings. Notice and feel the weight of your thighs on the surface you're on. If there's any tension in your thighs, see if you can let that tension go. Let your thighs feel heavy. Your whole legs feel heavy; your feet, your ankles, your shins, your calves, your thighs. Limp, loose, relaxed. Imagine that they're melting into the surface you're on. This is imagination, but you're releasing and letting them go like melting on the surface. Heavy, limp, loose, released. Now, move your attention up into your hips and feeling your hips and your pelvic area. Letting go of tension there. Releasing your hips. We don't usually think of our hips as being tense, but if you focus on releasing them, letting them go, often, you notice that they were tense, they were guarded. Release them. Relax them. Now, bring your attention to your belly and feel your belly fill with air as you breathe in. Feel your stomach muscles relax as you slowly breathe out. If there's any tension in your stomach, even deeper inside where your organs and intestines are, see if you can let that tension go. Allow your stomach and your inner organs and intestines to completely relax and unwind. Now bring your attention into your chest, your heart, your lungs. If there's any tension in your chest, your heart, your lungs, see if you can focus on letting that tension go with each out breath. Let your chest unwind, release. Now bring your attention to your upper shoulders. Focus on letting your shoulders slump as if gravity is pulling them down. They're getting heavy. You're letting go of effort to hold your shoulders up. Let relaxation flow from the top of your shoulders, down into your arms, past your elbows, down into your forearms, wrists and hands and all the way down into your palms and fingertips. If there's any tension in your shoulders or arms or hands or fingers, let that tension go. Let your arms be heavy, limp, loose, relaxed, released. Let them unwind. Feel the weight of your arms. Let your arms feel heavy. Now bring your attention into your back. Just notice your upper back and middle back and lower back. If there's any tension, see if you can let that tension go. Imagine your back becoming like water. Bring your attention up to your neck and around the back of your head. If there's any tension in your neck, in the back of your head, let that tension go. Releasing the muscles in the back of your head, sensing into your skull and releasing any tension all the way into your skull, now the top of your head, your scalp. Bring your attention now down to the muscles of your face. Notice your facial expression and let your face drop. You don't have to hold up a face. You don't have to present a face. Sense into your forehead, your temples and your eyebrows and release any tension there. Feel your eyes behind your eyelids and release the muscles around your eyes. Let them go. Unwind. Now sense into your cheeks and jaw muscles and let your jaw hang open. As it relaxes. You're letting your face drop. Now sense into your mouth and notice your tongue. If there's any tension, anywhere in your face, let that tension go, especially by releasing the muscle of your tongue all the way back deep into your throat. Your face is feeling very heavy. Allow your entire head now to feel heavy. All the muscles in your head to be loose, released, softened. Now bring your awareness back to your entire body, from the top of your head, down your neck, into your chest and back, your arms, shoulders, your stomach, your hips, your legs, past your knees, all the way down to your toes. Feel your head and your feet at the same time. Now your hands and your head and your feet at the same time. Now your legs and your arms relaxing and limp and heavy and released at the same time. Notice how relaxed and calm you feel just by focusing on your body and letting your guard down, unwinding, releasing. Your body is a part of your connection with God. God loves your body. He created your body. He's going to save your body through a resurrection of your body when Christ returns. Your body is part of your eternal existence, your salvation in Christ, which is why Christ came as a body, died as a body, rose bodily from the dead and ascended to heaven as a body. Your body is important to God. Your body is a temple of his holy spirit." In him, you live and move and have your being," Paul says in Acts 17: 28. Let's bring spiritual reality into your meditation by looking at Psalm 1: 18 verses six and seven. It says," The Lord is with me. I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is with me. He is my helper." This is another example of a kind of meditation where the Psalmist is mostly talking to himself. This is the kind of meditation God's people have been doing for thousands of years. It's what we are doing here. You're talking to yourself and using your own imagination to feel into yourself, into your mind and body, that you are imagining the unseen realities of what God's spirit, through his word, is telling you is real. Here's what's real. The Lord, Yahweh, the Hebrew name for God that means he is in ancient Hebrew. He is the inaudible, the one who is the source of all existence, of all being, the giver of all life. He is, is with me. I will not be afraid. The one who created this entire universe, who inhabits eternity and who is always 100% present everywhere without being any less present anywhere else, because he's infinite. He is always with me. I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is with me. He is my helper. This is what it means to meditate. The Lord is with me. He is my helper. So, meditate on this. Feel this truth into your body right now. The Lord, the inaudible, he is the one whose name is he is, is with me. The one who created the entire universe is 100% with me. I will not be afraid. I will not be anxious. I will not be insecure. The Lord is with me. Say quietly to yourself," The Lord is with me. I will not be afraid. The Lord is with me. He is my helper." An intense awareness of God's presence is always the antidote to anxiety and insecurity and anger fantasies, and anger itself, all self- protective reflexes in our relationships, all fears and anxieties. The logic of this meditation is that if Yahweh, the one whose name is he is, who created everything, is with me, I do not have to be afraid. Nothing and nobody can do anything to me that doesn't have to go through him first. If God allows it, then God is in it. If God is in it, he is in it with me and he is my helper in it. Remember that phrase we looked at in our last episode. Whenever you feel anxiety coming on in a situation, say to yourself," God is present. He is in this with me and I can trust him." You're laying in bed and you can't sleep, and your heart, you can feel it racing. You keep thinking about a situation that happened that day, a situation that you have to face tomorrow and you're not sure what to do. Begin by saying what this Psalm is saying. The Lord is with me. I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid. Or just say this," God is present. God is in this with me and I can trust him." Pray," God, help me. Give me wisdom and help take care of this. You are with me. You are in this and I can trust you." Psalm 1: 21 verse two says," My help comes from the Lord, Yahweh, the maker of heaven and earth. My help comes from the maker of heaven and earth. The maker of the universe is my help." Feel this into your body this calm, confidence, this awareness that right now, the maker of heaven and earth, the maker of the entire universe, every galaxy of the billions of galaxies, each having billions of stars, billions of planets. The God who created this universe with black holes and dark matter and quantum physics, a reality beyond my ability to comprehend, the God who created this universe is 100% with me. This is the God Jesus taught. If Jesus rose from the dead, then it's all true. This is the God who is with you right now. This is what the spirit of God is telling you in his word, giving you to meditate on, to feel into your body, to calm your heart, to slow your heart rate, to calm your mental distractions of all the anxieties and fears and insecurities and to be able to say," My help comes from the maker of heaven and earth. The Lord is with me. I will not be afraid. He is my helper." Feel this into your body. Use your imagination to see this reality that you are in right now. This is where your body lays, in this reality. Feel this into your body. Psalm 1: 25 verse two says," As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord, so Yahweh, surrounds his people both now and forever more." Always remember God's promises of never and forever. Deuteronomy 31: 8 Moses says," The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged." Let me read that again and feel this into your body. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged. The New Testament picks this up as a promise to all Christians in Hebrews 13: 5 God has said," Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you." We say it with confidence," The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you. The Lord surrounds his people now and forever more. My help comes from the Lord. The maker of heaven and earth." Forever God will be your God. The forever God is your God now and forever. The Lord is with me. I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? The Lord is with me. He is my helper. My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, both now and forevermore. Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you so do not be afraid. Feel this comfort, this confidence, this presence into your body right now. The Lord is with me. I will not be afraid. 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.

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An intense awareness of God‘s presence is always the antidote to anxiety and insecurity. Christians Meditation 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.

If your podcast app is set to skip the silent sections, disable that in your podcast app for this podcast.

Your body is part of your connection with God. Your connection/oneness with God is both physical and spiritual. In him you live and move and have your being.

So let’s bring spiritual reality into our meditation by looking at…

Psalms 118:6-7 (NIV)

The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.

What can mere mortals do to me?

The LORD is with me; he is my helper. 

This is another example of a Meditation where the Psalmist is mostly talking to himself. This is the kind of meditation God‘s people have been doing for thousands of years. And it’s what we’re doing here. You’re talking to yourself and using your imagination to feel into yourself — in your mind and body — you are imagining the unseen realities of what God’s Spirit (through his word) is telling you is real.

So say this meditation quietly to yourself –

The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.

An intense awareness of God‘s presence is always the antidote to anxiety and insecurity. The logic of this meditation is that if Yahweh (The Hebrew name for God meaning HE IS) is with me, I do not have to be afraid. Nothing and nobody can do anything to me that doesn’t have to go through him first. And if God allows it then God is in it. And if God is in it he is with me and he is my helper in it.

So remember that phrase we looked at in our last episode whenever you feel anxiety coming on in a situation say to yourself “God is present, he is in this with me, and I can trust him.”

Psalms 121:2 (NIV)

My help comes from the LORD,

the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalms 125:2 (NIV)

As the mountains surround Jerusalem,

so the LORD surrounds his people

both now and forevermore.

So always remember God’s promises of never, and forever

Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV)

…God has said,

“Never will I leave you;

never will I forsake you.”

So we say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.

What can mere mortals do to me?”

Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you (Heb 13:5). 

The forever God is your God forever (Rev. 21:3ff). 

Who can you share this podcast with? If you found this episode helpful, consider sharing it on social media or texting it to a friend you think might benefit from it.

Our audio engineer is Diego Huaman.