Daily Devotion Tuesday, January 15th

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 – Psalm 42; Isaiah 40:25-31; Ephesians 1:15-23 and Mark 1:14-28

Psalm 42 – 1   As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
2   My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.

This is one of my favorite passages in the Psalms. It takes me back to my days of camping in Colorado and being near a flowing stream. I recall a day I just simply stopped and listened as the water flowed gently over the rocks near me. I sat and simply took it in. The image of flowing streams reminds me that God’s love is constantly flowing through me, in me and all about me. Like the Psalmist, there are times I really thirst for God, for it seems that my soul is dry and thirsty. There are many times I prayed;

11  Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my help and my God.

This day, I’m going to remember my times of being by a stream of flowing water, so I can also remember and celebrate that God flows through me, in me, and all about me this day.

O God, thanks for images of your flowing love, that takes me to special places. They so remind me that you are always with me and all I need to do is pause and drink from the cup of ever flowing streams of living water. Amen.

Here’s some things I picked up in the other readings for today. Each seemed to be a part of God’s ever flowing stream of water God gives to us this day.

Isaiah 40:25-31 – 28  Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
29  He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
30  Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
31  but those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.

Ephesians 1:15-23 – 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.

Mark 1:14-28 – 16As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea — for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

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