Daily D – Psalm 114:7
Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, who turned the rock into a pool, the flint into a spring.
PSALM 114:7 (CSB)
If you have ever wondered if you can use a coffee pod more than once, wonder no more. You can. However, you should not. Never. No way, Jose.
One particular day many months ago, desperately in need of a second cup of wake-up juice, and not paying nearly enough attention to what I was doing, I did not replace the spent coffee pod in my Cuisinart. My friends, you do not want to experience Peet’s House Blend in that manner.
Whereas that first cup provided a good, stiff jolt, the second expression provided a most unpleasant taste test. There was no second sip of that second cup. There was only a dumping down the drain of the dregs of dirt-flavored hot water. Normally a two cup a day guy, I may have required three or four that day simply to regain composure.
I have never made that mistake again. Please, spare yourself. Do not make that mistake for yourself.
The psalmist recalls in this verse a lesson he did not learn firsthand. He heard it declared in the assembly. We find the story in Exodus 17.
Smart people learn from their mistakes. Wise people learn from the mistakes of others.
Smart people learn from their own experiences. Wise people learn from the experience of others.
Today you have learned never to re-use a spent coffee pod.
Today you have heard again how nothing is impossible with God, “who turned the rock into a pool, the flint into a spring.”
These two lessons will serve you well. One will prevent a revolting taste test. The other will remind you that when you find yourself between a rock and a hard place, God can bless you with exactly what you need precisely when you need it using bits of creation originally formed for other purposes.
Who needs another cup?
I will learn my lessons through my own experiences and from the experiences of others.
Our Father, you can turn rock into water. You can turn water into wine. Is there anything too difficult for you? I will celebrate the truth that no, indeed not, there is nothing too difficult for you. Amen.
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1 Chronicles 22:9-13 But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’ “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the Lord your God, as he said you would. May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”