Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 09-02-22

Intro: I have a deep conviction that life is a precious gift and God is the Creator and Giver of all life. In fact, I interpret my call from the Lord as a way to pray for and nurture the God-life in persons of all ages. I pray for and celebrate when the spirit and life of a new person is being formed inside a mother’s womb. I celebrate and guide life after birth with a desire to connect a person to Christ’s righteous ways and redeeming salvation; a Way that leads a person into abundant spiritual life. Finally, I celebrate the life of a believer when the time arrives for their spirit to return into the eternal home and heavenly glory of God from which it came.

Basically, I have a theology of life: God with us. Theology is best defined in dictionaries as the study of the nature and character of God. If we believe God is with us and that not one thing was created except through him, then I must put on the mind of Christ to understand life (John 1:3). The life of every creature is in its blood (Leviticus 17:14). So, if there is circulating blood…there is life. God does not want even one life to perish without knowing him or the salvation he offers, so he sent his son to shed his blood for the forgiveness of sin so we may experience spiritual life with God (John 3:16). I have no desire to experience even a moment of life without God and I thank Jesus every day that I never have to do so (Heb 13:5).

In our passage today, David is overwhelmed with the omni-present or always present nature and holy character of God surrounding him. Whether David was in the womb, walking through the sinful wilderness of this world, living in the blessing of abundant places, or facing his heavenly home-going, David knew God was with him. David gave God the credit for writing his life story and walking it out with him. Do you know how precious your life is to God? If you need me to remind you that you are a gift made by God, I am here for you!

Psalm 139:13-18 NLT; song of David, Cont.

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
    and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
    Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
    as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
    They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
    they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
    you are still with me!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for life and for this song from David that reminds me about your continual presence with me each and every day no matter where I go. Thank you for knitting me together in my mother’s womb and helping me to live out every good thing you have placed within me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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