The Presence of Jesus

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6 January, 2019Simon Dent

Psalm 16 concludes with the words “You make known to me the paths of Life; in your presence is fullness of Joy; at your right hand are pleasures for ever more”. The beginning of a the year is always a good time re-evaluate what is important to us. There is no greater peace, no greater guidance, no greater encouragement than the presence of Jesus. How easy it is for us to live in Jesus presence without stopping to shelter in it. Our lives might be challenging and chaotic but the presence of Jesus will always be the anchor that keeps us safe in the storm.

I, Paul, am a prisoner because of Christ Jesus. I am in prison because of my work among you who are Gentiles.

I am sure you have heard that God appointed me to share his grace with you. I’m talking about the mystery God showed me. I have already written a little about it. By reading about this mystery, you will be able to understand what I know. You will know about the mystery of Christ. The mystery was not made known to people of other times. But now the Holy Spirit has made this mystery known to God’s holy apostles and prophets. Here is the mystery. Because of the good news, God’s promises are for Gentiles as well as for Jews. Both groups are parts of one body. They share in the promise. It belongs to them because they belong to Christ Jesus.

I now serve the good news because God gave me his grace. His power is at work in me. I am by far the least important of all the Lord’s holy people. But he gave me the grace to preach to the Gentiles about the unlimited riches that Christ gives. God told me to make clear to everyone how the mystery came about. In times past it was kept hidden in the mind of God, who created all things. 10 He wanted the rulers and authorities in the heavenly world to come to know his great wisdom. The church would make it known to them. 11 That was God’s plan from the beginning. He has fulfilled his plan through Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Through him and through faith in him we can approach God. We can come to him freely. We can come without fear.

1 My God, keep me safe.

    I go to you for safety.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord.

    Without you, I don’t have anything that is good.”

I say about God’s people who live in our land, “They are the noble ones.

    I take great delight in them.”

Those who run after other gods

    will suffer more and more.

I will not pour out offerings of blood to those gods.

    My lips will not speak their names.

Lord, you alone are everything I need.

    You make my life secure.

I am very pleased with what you have given me.

    I am very happy with what I’ve received from you.

I will praise the Lord. He gives me good advice.

    Even at night my heart teaches me.

I keep my eyes always on the Lord.

    He is at my right hand.

    So I will always be secure.

So my heart is glad. Joy is on my tongue.

    My body also will be secure.

10  You will not leave me in the place of the dead.

    You will not let your faithful one rot away.

11  You always show me the path of life.

    You will fill me with joy when I am with you.

    You will make me happy forever at your right hand.

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