Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 7-20-21

Psalm 61:1-4 (TPT) A Psalm of Prayer by King David
O God, hear my prayer. Listen to my heart’s cry.
For no matter where I am, even when I’m far from home,
I will cry out to you for a father’s help.
When I’m feeble and overwhelmed by life,
guide me into your glory, where I am safe and sheltered.
Lord, you are a paradise of protection to me.
You lift me high above the fray.
None of my foes can touch me
when I’m held firmly in your wraparound presence!
Keep me in this glory.
Let me live continually under your splendor-shadow,
hiding my life in you forever.

Although it was wonderful to venture away and do some exploring on our recent vacation, it was also wonderful to come home. We may have been away from our physical home and spiritual church home in Florida, but we never left our privilege to commune with God. We carried an awareness of God with us and brought our devotion to Him along while we were on our adventure. In fact, John, Mary, and Jesus enjoyed fellowship—meaningful communication—in Michigan through a variety of new experiences each day.

In our passage today, King David finds himself away from his home, but he prays with faith and understanding that God is with him, guiding him, and protecting him. God is always present no matter where we go—revealing his omnipresence or his ability to be present everywhere at the same time. God is always aware of how to guide us to abundant places—revealing his omniscience or all-knowing wisdom for our good and well-being. God is always ready to protect us—revealing his omnipotence or all-powerful ability to deal with every unholy enemy. God is always everything we need, so let’s remember we must always commune—abide and be in close communication. Glory be to God!

“He who communes with God is always home…our residence with God is not for a limited period of time, but for ages of ages, for time and for eternity; this is our highest and most heavenly privilege.” Charles Spurgeon

Prayer: Lord, thank you for this great privilege and promise to be my home even away from home. I love you! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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