Daily Devotions

This is a good way to start a day. This is a good way to start a week. Please read this section of Psalm 63. Maybe even out loud with inflection!

This is a good way to start a day. This is a good way to start a week. Please read this section of Psalm 63. Maybe even out loud with inflection!

“O God, You are my God, I seek You, my soul thirsts for You

My Flesh faints for You, as a dry and weary land

where there is no water.

So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,

Beholding Your power and glory,

Because Your steadfast love is better than life,

My lips will praise You.

So I will bless You as long as I live;

I will lift up my hands and call upon Your Name.”

Psalm 63:1-4—JoAnn Henry

What does it mean to have a “thirsty soul”?

Some say we all have a God shaped space in us which nothing else can fill or satisfy. I’ve always liked that phrase. And I feel like I know what it means. Without God filling my day, filling my heart, filling my life, there is a longing and a lacking which is otherwise hard to name. But I think I know it’s like a thirst for a cool glass of water that nothing else equals. I’ve tried coffee, tea, soda, beer and wine. But more refreshing is a glass of cold water. It may be simple but it’s true. It seems like there ought to be something more sophisticated or expensive. But water is like nothing else.

Having one’s soul thirst for God is like the body’s thirst for water. God’s presence, God’s grace, God’s promises, God’s love, God’s truth, God’s power and compassion, God’s deliverance and redemption... For these does our soul thirst. Our lives are incomplete and unfulfilled without them.

And when the Bible says God comes to us, freely, it seems like there ought to be more to it. He stands at the door knocking. I open it and there is God, filled with everything my heart has ever longed for; Unconditional love, Grace, A worthy Purpose for all my strengths and abilities.

God speaks a Word that tells us our past is never held against us and our future is held in His hands. God, You are the living, pure water in which we wash and which we drink in with joy!

Pastor Roy Christell

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