‘Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.’ (v3)  Psalm 27:1–4

Recently Jayne woke aware of silent movement in the bedroom. She put on a light to see a bat flying above her. Knowing they navigated by echolocation using ultrasound, she turned off the light and went back to sleep. The bat was gone by morning.

We need echolocation. God is present throughout history and the only way we can live effectively is to call out and trust God to guide us. Here, the psalmist remains at peace even with the enemy at the gates. God is his, and our navigator, the light and deliverer from our sin, fear and death – and our salvation. There may be good reasons to fear, but once my understanding is stimulated by the light of God, I grow in confidence despite the evidence before my eyes.

God’s presence was once limited to the Temple, now we are all temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19–20). We abide with God, and God with us, housed within our body. Wherever we go, God is with us. Always accessible, watching over us, observing us, and accessible in every circumstance.

Learning to become conscious of God’s continuous presence is one aspect of discipleship, one we can easily neglect. It’s the reason we can ‘pray continually’ (1 Thess. 5:17), for God has brought us to the place where we can ‘dwell… gaze… [and] seek him’ (Psa. 27:4) every moment of every day.

SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER: Psa. 139:7–12; Isa. 43:1–8; John 14:15–21; Heb. 4:1–16.

AN ACTION TO TAKE: Take time learning how to become, and remain, conscious of God’s presence throughout your day.

A PRAYER TO MAKE: ‘Lord, thank You that You are with me every moment of every day throughout my life. Amen.’

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Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.