Good morning. It is Tuesday, June 16, 2015.
Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is technophobia. This is a noun, meaning, “abnormal fear of or anxiety about the effects of advanced technology.”
Today is . . . hmm . . . let me see. Fudge Day or Fresh Veggies Day?
Today is Fudge Day. We’re not talking about “fudging” the numbers on your taxes, either. We’re talking gooey, chocolatey, deliciousness that is fudge! “The origins of Fudge Day are unknown,” but who cares???
Not much going on around here, this week, which is a good thing. My work day was pretty uneventful, which is always good. Sadly, Christi had more drama at hers. There really seems to be an issue between a couple of people there, and it is not going to be easily resolved.
Tonight, I have my Huddle meeting, and Christi has her after-work bowling league.
I’m continuing my search for a local-ish community band to join forces with, but it looks like most of them take the summer off. So I’ll just have to carve out some time and space to keep my chops moving, in the meantime.
In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more!
May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth!
May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust!
May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts!
May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!
For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper.
He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.
From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight.
Long may he live; may gold of Sheba be given to him! May prayer be made for him continually, and blessings invoked for him all the day!
May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field!
May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May people be blessed in him, all nations call him blessed!
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.
Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!
The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.
(From Solid Joys)
So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.
2 Corinthians 5:9
Today’s reading is “Serve God with Your Thirst.”
Consider the Pharisees, who spent their entire lives trying to please God, but all the while, were doing things that were abominations to him. Some might object, saying that this isn’t possible. Surely God would not reject someone who was earnestly trying to please him. The error in that thinking is that we tend to base our convictions about what would please God on our own idea of what he is like. “That is precisely why we must begin with the character of God.”
John Piper describes God as a “mountain spring,” as opposed to a “watering trough.” Consider the difference. A mountain spring is “self-replenishing,” constantly overflowing, supplying others with cool, fresh water. The watering trough must constantly be refilled by the sweat and labor of men.
In order to “glorify the worth of a watering trough,” we must work to keep it filled. However, the best way to glorify the mountain spring is to get down on your hands and knees and partake of its sweet, refreshing goodness, “drinking to your heart’s satisfaction, until you have the refreshment and strength to go back down in the valley and tell people what you’ve found.”
What will please God? My thirst. As a desperate sinner, I must cling to this truth. God is not pleased or glorified when I work to try to accomplish something based on what I think he is like. He is pleased and glorified when I bring my thirst to him and am satisfied. Again, Piper’s most famous statement: “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”
“God is delighted not by the resourcefulness of bucket brigades, but by the bending down of broken sinners to drink at the fountain of grace.”
Father, help me remember this as I go about my day today. Help me to constantly come to your fountain with my desperate thirst. Help me to be satisfied only in you, and in nothing else.
I pray for this day. May we have safe passage to and from work today. I pray for Christi’s day, that the drama would abate for a time, at least, so that things can be accomplished. I pray for her bowling time, this evening, that it would not create or cause more pain for her. I pray for my work day and for my Huddle group time tonight. May you be glorified in both. Show your great love to Stephanie, Rachel, Justin, and Mama, as they go about their day today. May you lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one today.
I lift up little Sheridan to you, that her fever, coughing, and stomach discomfort would be healed.
Your grace is sufficient.
God is a mountain spring, full of his grace and mercy, from which we may freely drink, any time we are thirsty. May we bring our thirst to him and be satisfied.
Grace and peace, friends.