Using Imagination to See Hardships Vertically with Psalm 126:5

My goal in this podcast — 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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Psalm 126:5 ESV

“Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!”

Psalm 126:2 ESV

“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy.”

Psalm 121:1–2 ESV

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?

2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 123:1 ESV

“To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!”

Psalm 124:8 ESV

“Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”

Psalm 125:2 ESV

“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.”

Matthew 5:3–12 ESV

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 

5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 

7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 

8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 

12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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