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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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.