God’s Presence Through the Word

Meditating on Psalm 119:81-112.

My soul faints for Your salvation,
But I hope in Your word.
82 My eyes fail from searching Your word,
Saying, “When will You comfort me?”

Unless Your law had been my delight,
I would then have perished in my affliction. (Ps. 119:81,82,92)

Psalm 119 essentially talks about God’s laws, precepts, statutes, and testimonies. In other words, and as we apply the psalm in the present, it talks about the Word of God, the words that proceeded out of His mouth which were faithfully recorded in both old and new testaments and became the Holy Bible. The psalmist, in his extreme need, hopes in God’s Word, in His promises, and not on anything else. He diligently searches God’s Word, looking for the fulfilment of the promise which is in it. By holding on to and delighting in God’s promises, he is delivered and doesn’t perish in his affliction. What great light, penetrating from long ago, does this bring us!

The psalms teach us that in everything, in all our trials and tribulations, may they be diseases of our bodies, problems that break our hearts, or great dangers we face – we can put our hope and trust in God’s Word, in His promises. This is the one thing that makes us wiser than the wisdom of the world.

Oh, how I love Your law [Word]!
It is my meditation all the day.
98 You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies;
For they are ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation. (vv. 97-99, annotation mine)

The Word of God teaches, rebukes, corrects, and trains us in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16). It heals our diseases. He sent His word and healed them… (Ps. 107:20). But it is also a channel through which we can feel God’s powerful presence. We praise and worship God to enter into His presence and feel Him moving mightily in us. But we cannot always sing with strength, especially those of us who are sick and weak.

There are seasons in my illness that my abdomen becomes too weak to vocalize. For weeks, even months, I cannot sing praises in my private worship time, but I compensate that in immersing more in the Word, morning and evening. I honor and worship the Lord as I soak up His Word, verse upon verse, passage upon passage, chapter upon chapter. There are times that He grips me so suddenly in His presence as I plough through His Word, that my spirit is caught up in His embrace. And I would stop in the middle of reading, raise my hands and worship, and bask in His glorious presence, tears cascading.

One night many months ago, when my son Tim was suffering from an asthma-like cough and my husband was away praying and fasting, I felt, heard in my spirit, and saw in my mind, the Lord talking to me. In the early evening, I read Him between the pages, during the ministry of prophet Elisha. I was so in it – the places, His words, His power, His presence. As if I was there myself. When later that night, Tim sat up and told me that he couldn’t breathe, I raised my hand towards heaven and cried out to God. As I prayed and begged Him to help Tim, I saw Him in my mind (my eyes were tightly closed) and He spoke to me.

“You spent time with Me tonight. You delighted in My words and works. You know Me, who I Am, what I can do. I will not fail you. I am with you. See, I am here. Just so very near you.” (Choking back tears). I was weeping because of the Lord’s holy presence and His words. And when I laid my hands on my son to cast out his sickness, I saw in my mind that it was God’s prophet Elisha who was laying his hands on my son. Before the night was over, Tim began to recover. Hallelujah!

Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path. (v. 105)

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Comments

  1. Joanie Qualls says:

    So precious sister Rina! What touched my heart is I LOVE Psalm 119. Such a blessing it is,, the longest chapter in Gods Holy Words and all about His Word. And , sister, it blessed me , an example to me and all reading this, that no matter what we are going thru, and there are soooo many things in this world to,go thru , to do,as you did, to FOCUS on and hear from and obey HIM and HIS WORDS. ……I want to share with you, that He just miraculously removed a lump in my body this week, that was concern in lieu of my past cancer trial in 1999…. So humbly, with all my heart I come to Him, the Healer you just mentioned, and reach out with Him (Whom you love and honor and glorify )… to the illness attacking your body to leave you IN JESUS, YESHUA, HIS wonderful loving NAME Who in Matthew 8:15, 16,17 took,your/our sickness and carried your/our diseases. Also Encouraging reading also.Psalm 103 :1-5 I love and claim and helps my faith so much. Bless you my dear sister in Christ, his arms around you! Always!!! You are precious!!!!! S thankful for,you! And stand with you.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Always, always, thank you for your fervent love and prayers, my dear Joanie! You are precious to me. I feel your zeal for our God and Savior and it spills over to my place here on the other side of the globe :). I praise and thank the Lord also for healing you and miraculously removing the lump from your body. He is a miraculous God. He never changes! Blessings to you beyond measure!

  2. Diane Stortz says:

    I found your blog through the Missional Women linkup. Blessings on your beautiful family and your ministry!

  3. Ugochi says:

    His word does carry His power and presence. He says in His every word is spirit and life. I am glad Tim is getting better. I will keep up my time in His word and presence thanks a lot for sharing.
    Coming by from Growing Home, do have a super blessed day!
    Love

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