Today is FRIDAY, March 23, 2018. Day 21,925.
SIX DAYS until Opening Day!!
Nine days until Resurrection Sunday!
Ric Ocasek, of The Cars, turns 69 today. He said, “I’ve always been a fan of poetry. I grew up with Lawrence Ferlinghetti and the Beat poets. I really followed that stuff for a while. I just love the way people threw words around like they were painting.” (BrainyQuote)
It’s also Phil Keaggy’s birthday. He turns 67. I don’t have a quote, but I found this:
The word for today is deracinate, a verb which means, “to isolate or alienate (a person) from a native or customary culture or environment.”
TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted
I’ve been reading a newly-published (posthumously) book by Dallas Willard, called Life Without Lack, about the 23rd Psalm. I’m still in the first chapter, but I can tell it’s going to be amazing. The first major “takeaway” that I’ve gotten is associated with verse 6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Of this verse, Willard says, “This is a description of the eternal life available to us now in the kingdom of the heavens; the abundant with-God life that comes from following the Shepherd, where we dwell and abide with God in the fullness of his life–a life in which all the promises of Christ’s gospel are realized.”
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.
Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed.
O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.
When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions.
Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple!
By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas;
the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might;
who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples,
so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.
You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it.
You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.
You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy,
the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.
“We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple!” (Verse 4) O God, make it so in my life! Let me be satisfied in you! One of John Piper’s most famous saying is, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”
I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
“Each decade is a call to share my talents, passions, and heart with others.” ~ Carla Hendricks in Daily Guideposts 2018
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
In a brief synopsis of today’s reading in The Business of Heaven, C.S. Lewis says that the debate over which is more important between faith and good works is like trying to decide which blade in a pair of scissors is most necessary.
Father, I pray that, more and more, I would be satisfied with you, and you alone. Please draw me in more and more, to the point that the temptations and pleasures of the world have less appeal to me. Make my life all about you. Let me be satisfied with the goodness of your house. May you be glorified in me as I am satisfied in you.
I also pray that you would speak to me as I have now begun my seventh decade of life. Let me not decide to sit around in my “old age” (you’re only as old as you feel, right?), but look at it as a new opportunity to serve and shine for you.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Grace and peace, friends.