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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
As the life of a deer depends upon water, so our lives depend upon God. Those who seek him and long to understand him find eternal life. Feeling separated from God, this psalmist wouldn’t rest until he restored his relationship with God because he knew that his very life depended on it.
Depression is one of the most common emotional ailments. One antidote for depression is to meditate on the record of God’s goodness to his people. This will take your mind off the present situation as you focus your thoughts on God’s ability to help you rather than on your inability to help yourself. When you feel depressed, take advantage of this psalm’s antidepressant: Read the Bible’s accounts of God’s goodness, and meditate on them. (NLT)
Psalm 42:1-6 – As the deer pants for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and stand before him? Day and night, I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?”
My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks–it was the sound of a great celebration!
Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again–my Savior and my God!
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it gain: Rejoice! — Philippians 4:4 (NIV)
Chris Baldauf’s (Louisiana) story is titled “REJOICE!” Here is a portion of Chris’s story:
“At age 23 our son contracted a mysterious illness; his condition baffled the doctors. After two-and-a-half months with no hope for his recovery, we released our child from life support. That first week after our son’s death our church family passed around an old pew Bible and asked member to underline a favorite scripture passage. When we received the Bible, I was struggling even to pray. But I was able to cling to those verses shared by our church friends.
“Someone had highlighted Paul’s words to the Philippians, ‘Rejoice in the Lord always.’ At first, I felt the verse inappropriate for our situation. What did we have to rejoice in? But the scriptures repeat again and again that we should praise God in all things.
“I began to give thanks for what I could — the air we breathe, the sun in the morning, and the rain in its season. My praise sounded false at first, but with practice I repeated my thanks. Miraculously, over time, I was filled with Christ’s peace — the peace that transcends understanding. . . Through scripture and the simple act of thanksgiving, God can give us a balm for anxiety, stress, depression, and grief.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Practicing gratitude can led to renewed faith.
Prayer: Dear Lord, we thank you for the healing that praise can bring. Give us the strength to glorify you in all situations. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO KNOW THE PEACE OF CHRIST
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