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The Living Word

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And so I said, "Here I am; I come.
     In the scroll of the book it is written of me:
"I love to do your will, O my God;
     your law is deep within me." 
(Psalm 40:7-8)

The Holy Spirit is alive in scripture each time we open our Bible. Is there any other way to account for the mysterious force that surrounds us and pulls us into the heart of a given passage or verse as our eyes pass over it? Without knowing how, suddenly we find ourselves in God's presence.

We know this power is living because, even in the context of a single passage, we never encounter God the same way twice. The triune God always meets us exactly where we are at that moment, in the midst of the currents that are swirling through our lives. God finds us through scripture, helps us see our own situations and surroundings more clearly, and then calls to us at that place: "I see you, I know you, I love you: Follow me."

Psalm 40 positions us as one long afflicted by forces that are beyond our …