Daily D – Psalm 84:5
Happy are the people whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
PSALM 84:5 (CSB)
Whose lives become roads you travel.
Maybe it has taken you a while to figure this out, but God travels this world in the hearts of people like you and me. When we invite him to take up residence in our lives through repentance and faith, he accompanies us wherever we go, whatever we do.
We are pilgrims who walk with God in his strength.
A WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) bracelet, or the interrogative it represents, is not the best question. It’s a good question, but Jesus never drove in our traffic. Jesus never sat in our school board meetings discussing CRT and face masks. What would Jesus do in such situations?
A better question is, “What would Jesus do if he were me?” How can Jesus bring maximum expression of himself to this world? He does it through us. Listen to John 14:12:
Truly I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. Moving from one Jesus to two billion Jesus followers and counting is evidence that maximum expression has been happening for two millennia and is happening still.
We are ambassadors who live empowered by God to deliver hope and joy.
We have the privilege of representing Jesus wherever we go, whatever we do. We get to bring his mercy and grace, his love and truth to everyone we meet.
Jesus travels this world these days in the hearts of his people. Where will you go today? What will he do through you? How will you allow him to express himself in your conversations and decisions? How will you join him in his work of transformation?
If this feels a bit uncomfortable to embrace fully, go back to the first word in this Bible verse. Happy are those whose strength comes from God. Happy are those who are consciously aware of God’s presence wherever they go, whatever they do.
The happiness journey is walking with Jesus, seeing what he sees and doing what he does.
I will live a happy life on this long walk with Jesus.
Our Father, happiness is your idea. It is your intention. It is evidence of your grace. Thank you for strength to walk through this life seeing what you see and doing what you do. Please take my life and express yourself fully so that billions more may come to know your grace, truth, and happiness. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.