“One thing I ask of the Lord, this what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. Hear my voice when I call Or Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my Savior.’” (Psalm 27:4-9 – Fellowship Among His People)
The request here is for closeness with God, to live in companionship with His purpose and protection. The writer declared that to be in fellowship with God is to be exalted in one’s position as a human being, to be protected by a strength beyond human nature and to be forgiven and drawn close to the spirit and right way of living God provides.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Dear Abba, the psalmist sought to be closer to God, to be forgiven of his earthly sins and to be protected by God’s strength. We all pray this day, for these things and know that one day we who have sought in our words and actions to have these things. A Christian is to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, the way he lived, the way he spoke with people, the way that he taught others how to live without condemnation. Today we continue to pray our troops serving in faraway lands and those in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, and for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Anyone can count the number of seeds in an apple, but only God can count the apples in a seed!”
“You must not worship the Lord your God in their say. But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go; there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. There in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you.” (Deuteronomy 12:4-7– Fellowship Among His People)
The God who made His people for community spoke clearly to them about His plans and designs for them. God intended to live in the Promised Land with them. They could not find God where pagan neighbors expected to. They must go to God’s chosen place. There the human family of God would sit and break bread, sharing in God’s presence and purposes.
“You have covered yourself with a cloud so that no prayer can get through. You have made us scum and refuse among the nations. All our enemies have opened their months wide against us. We have suffered terror and pitfalls, ruin and destruction. Streams of tears flow from my eyes because my people are destroyed. My eyes will flow unceasingly, without relief, until the Lord looks down from heaven and sees.” (Lamentations 3:44-50 – Fellowship Among His People)
People who cut themselves off from God believe He also has permanently cut Himself off from them. The nature of God, however, is to remain open for redemption and reconciliation. People who continue to pry eventually experience God’s fellowship.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
Anyone who follows the purposes and intentions of God is linked with Jesus as a family. Those who perform the same act and have the same attitudes are the true “blood” kinship of God. Family ties are created by following he Father’s words, that is putting His revealed will into practice. The initial and most important step in following God’s will is placing faith in Christ for salvation.