A Meditation on How God’s Steadfast Love and Purpose Replaces Anxiety in Psalm 138

The purpose of Christian Meditation for A Bigger Life is to help 21st-century Christians in the always distracted digital age — to connect with God with your whole being — including your body — and to wire into your brain the reality of that embodied connection in each moment. And I think most of us as Christians are often living unconsciously anxious and tense lives with a kind of disconnection between our body and mind, and disconnection between our body and God’s Spirit. Where our “Christian faith” has become almost exclusively about certain beliefs rather than an embodied experience with God’s Spirit who is always 100% present with us and in us in the NOW.

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Our real beliefs at any given moment are always held in our bodies. Even if they are not really our beliefs, the reality we’re envisioning/imaging in our mind (imagination) lands into our body. 

So if we are anxious, whether consciously anxious or anxious but not really aware of it, that anxiety still manifests itself into our body. 

Anxiety is when we envision/imagine a fearful future of some kind. It could be an immediate future, like something unfolding in the present, or it could be something we’re imagining happening tomorrow or this year or far from now.

But usually when we are imagining a dreaded future, that imagination is missing ONE big reality — God’s infinite and intimate presence and purpose in our lives. 

But what if you envision Psalm 138 instead?

Psalm 138:1–2 ESV

1 I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; 

2 I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.

Psalm 138:8 ESV

The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.

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