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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
[Our heart’s desire, success, prosperity, eternal blessings, joy are all gifts from Him.]
David described all that he had as gifts from God: his heart’s desire, success and prosperity, a crown of finest gold, long life, splendor and majesty, eternal blessings, joy. We, too, should look upon all we have—position, family, wealth, talent—as gifts from God. Only then will we use them to give glory back to him. (NLT)
Psalm 21:1-7 – How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord! He shouts with joy because you give him victory. For you have given him his heart’s desire; you have withheld nothing he requested.
You welcomed him back with success and prosperity. You placed a crown of finest gold on his head. He asked you to preserve his life, and you granted his request. The days of his life stretch on forever. Your victory brings him great honor, and you have clothed him with splendor and majesty. You have endowed him with eternal blessings and given him the joy of your presence. For the king trusts in the Lord. The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling.
Quoted verse: You bestow on him blessings forever; you make him glad with the joy of your presence. – Psalm 21:6 (NRSV)
“Story” – Enid Adah Nyinonmujuni (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) titled her story “BEFRIENDING GOD;” here is a portion of Enid Adah’s story:
“. . . I had no siblings to carry or play with. In search of something to care for and to befriend, I picked out a little lamb from my father’s flock that became my friend. I carried it around all the time. When it grew into a sheep, I could not carry it any longer; but the closeness remained and it followed me everywhere.
“My relationship with that lamb helped me to understand that God longs to have just such a relationship with us. When we allow God to carry us, we begin to grow closer and to know God more deeply. Then as we grow in our faith, we will follow God more closely
“I experienced this some months ago when I made a decision to have a closer relationship with God, and I started spending more time reading the Bible each day. As I kept doing this, my desire to follow and obey God intensified. I experienced joy and fulfillment in God’s presence that I had never known before – it changed my life. To this day, I have a desire to stay in God’s presence daily because I have tasted the sweetness it brings. We have everything to gain by spending time with God.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – The time I spend reading the Bible is never wasted.
Prayer: Dear Lord, give us a desire to spend time in your presence day by day. As we read your word, give us the fullness of joy that comes from a relationship with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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