Sermon Discussion - Rest in God's Presence

David Henderson and Michelle Leichty discuss his sermon from Sunday, August 22, Rest in God's Presence, based on Psalm 62.


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Scroll down for the exceprts from Madame Jeanne Guyon that David read in his sermon.

Madame Jeanne Guyon


Excerpts from A Short and Easy Method of Prayer

retitled/republished in modern English as Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ


Do you desire to know the Lord in a deep way? God has made such an experience, such a walk, possible for you.  Prayer is the key, a kind of prayer that is very simple.


The type of prayer that I have in mind is to walk in the presence of God. I describe [it] as “beholding the Lord” or “waiting on the Lord.”


You come before your Lord to sit in his presence, beholding him, making use of the Scripture to quiet your mind.  


Begin to read some portion of Scripture. As you read, pause. You are reading in order to turn your mind from outward things to [God’s presence within.] You are not there to learn or to read, but you are there to experience the presence of the Lord.


Once you are in the Lord’s presence, be still and quiet before Him. If your mind begins to wander, just turn your attention back again.  


As you come to him, humbly acknowledge that He is everything. Give yourself up to God. . . . Acknowledge before him his right to rule over you. Surrender your heart into his hands. Surrender your freedom into his hands. Yield to your Lord his right to do with you as He pleases.


You must utterly believe that the circumstances of your life, that is, every minute of your life – anything, yes, everything that happens – have all come to you by His will and by his permission. You must utterly believe that everything that has happened to you is from God.  Such an outlook towards your circumstances and such a look of faith towards your Lord will make you content with everything. You will then begin to take everything that comes into your life as being from the hand of God, not from the hand of man.


Abandonment is the key. It is the key to the inner court – the key to the fathomless depths. Abandonment is the key to the inward spiritual life.


The Lord himself has said, “Take no thought for tomorrow, for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. (Matthew 6.32-34).  All your concerns go into the hand of God. You forget yourself, and from that moment on you think only of Him. By continuing to do this over a long period of time your heart will be free and at peace!


What is abandonment? It is forgetting your past; it is leaving the future in His hands; it is devoting the present fully and completely to your Lord. Abandonment is being satisfied with [God in] the present moment, no matter what that moment contains. You are satisfied because you know that whatever that moment has, it contains – in that instant – God’s eternal plan for you.


Do you wish to go into the depths of Jesus Christ? Surrender yourself to be led by God, living twenty four hours a day utterly abandoned to God.

Psalm 62

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
    my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

How long will you assault me?
    Would all of you throw me down—
    this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
Surely they intend to topple me
    from my lofty place;
    they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
    but in their hearts they curse.

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
    my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.

Surely the lowborn are but a breath,
    the highborn are but a lie.
If weighed on a balance, they are nothing;
    together they are only a breath.
Do not trust in extortion
    or put vain hope in stolen goods;
though your riches increase,
    do not set your heart on them.

One thing God has spoken,
    two things I have heard:
“Power belongs to you, God,
     and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”;
and, “You reward everyone
    according to what they have done.”