Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 9-27-18

September 27, 2018

Psalm 19:7-14 The Message (MSG)

I love and enjoy people.  So many people around me bring good things to my life. I value people and their life lessons.  As I connect with them, I look for glimpses of the goodness of God evident in their lives.  People who have welcomed the Lord usually welcome all that God is as the Most High.  They give God the glory for all things.

Truly, God brings amazing blessings to human life.  Our part is to welcome him into our hearts, so those blessings are worked out in our daily lives.  In our reading today from the Psalter, we are reminded of the blessings and the benefits the presence of the Lord brings as a free gift just because he makes his home within us.  Some of those blessings that can be enjoyed in Christ are wholeness, righteousness, joy, and direction.  Some of the benefits are known as we cry out in prayer and he becomes our Protector, Provider, Savior, and Deliverer.  Do you know Christ, the Anointed One?  Even if you have never acknowledged him, he knows you!  Pray and ask him to make his home in your heart, today.

Psalm 19:7-14

7-9 

The revelation of God is whole

    and pulls our lives together.

The signposts of God are clear

    and point out the right road.

The life-maps of God are right,

    showing the way to joy.

The directions of God are plain

    and easy on the eyes.

God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold,

    with a lifetime guarantee.

The decisions of God are accurate

    down to the nth degree.

10 

God’s Word is better than a diamond,

    better than a diamond set between emeralds.

You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring,

    better than red, ripe strawberries.

11-14 

There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger

    and directs us to hidden treasure.

Otherwise how will we find our way?

    Or know when we play the fool?

Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!

    Keep me from stupid sins,

    from thinking I can take over your work;

Then I can start this day sun-washed,

    scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.

These are the words in my mouth;

    these are what I chew on and pray.

Accept them when I place them

    on the morning altar,

O God, my Altar-Rock,

    God, Priest-of-My-Altar.

Prayer:  Lord, you bring so many wonderful things into my life I cannot count them.  Thank you for all you are and for all you are helping me become in your grace.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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