Daily D – Psalm 27:7-8
Psalm 27:7, 8 LORD, hear my voice when I call; be gracious to me and answer me. My heart says this about you: “Seek his face.” LORD, I will seek your face. (CSB)
And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”
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We toured the Colosseum in Rome on our recent thirty-fifth wedding anniversary trip a year-and-a-half after the actual date. Among the remnants of artwork not lost or removed in that amazing edifice was a bas relief section depicting gladiators in action. There were shadowy figures in the background. These were the referees.
Mercifully, we only watched the first quarter of the Dallas Cowboys game yesterday before driving home. The most outstanding participants in the game were the officials. They made the game all about themselves.
Here’s a thought worth thinking: Almost no man, woman, or child wants to see how many penalty flags an officiating crew can throw. Sure, they all have families just like movie crews whose names show up in the credits which are often longer than acts within the film itself.
Thanksgiving the Holiday is now behind us. Christmas is before us. Here’s another thought worth thinking: Thanksgiving prepares our hearts for all God has done to draw us to himself through Jesus his Son. As November dims and December’s lights brightly shine, let us carry within our hearts all season long the gratitude rekindled in the coming of a day filled with family, football, and food, glorious food.
Let us give thanks for the long-planned and perfectly executed entry of God into the world he created.
Let us give thanks for aging men and women who discover God is not finished with them yet and their most significant moments of life lay nearer to the end than the beginning.
Let us give thanks for a young woman with a pure heart who accepted the responsibility to bear a child without the benefit of formal marriage and neighborly affirmation.
Let us give thanks for a man who kept his peace and led with character without finding the need to make a speech or lament his lot before the community.
Let us give thanks for shepherds who understood that good news is for sharing.
Let us give thanks for wise men who sought out Jesus, who followed a star, who welcomed the most extravagant gift ever given with treasures declaring worship, honor, and devotion.
Let us give thanks as we enter into this season where bright lights and decorated trees and carefully wrapped presents delight little eyes.
Let us give thanks for songs long sung which invite us again to ponder this pageant of heaven touching earth.
Let us seek God in this season which should make us forever grateful.
I will give thanks from a grateful heart to the Giver of All Good Things.
Our Father, you are the Giver of All Good Things. Every good and perfect gift comes from your hand (James 1:17, 18). You have loved us forever. You will love us forever. You guide and you provide. Everything you do in our lives is a product of your love that endures forever. How good you are! How amazing is your grace! How abundant is your mercy! How could we not sing your praise and offer our thanks? Hallelujah and amen!
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Jeremiah 18:1-4 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Philippians 1:4-6 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Jeremiah 17:7, 8 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)