15 Oct Psalm 130:6 (yearning for God)
Posted on Thursday 15 October, 2009
Let’s welcome God this morning by reflecting on this short Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (life-devotions.blogspot.com), which is based on Living Faith. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17
My soul waits for the Lord more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
Psalm 130:6 (full readings
Living Faith snippets: “There is a wonderful word that is seldom used: yearning. It means “to be filled with longing or desire.” Just as the sentinel must yearn for the dawn, so does the psalmist not just wait, but yearn for God. Over the years [in church], I have found myself sitting closer and closer to the altar, even leaning forward, longing for, yearning for Jesus, looking for the first rays of the sun–the Son.” by Heather Wilson
Rich’s comments: Do you have that yearning desire for the Lord that the psalmist speaks about? I know that when I sit down at a restaurant, I begin to salivate thinking about the meal that I am about to have as I look at the menu. Sometimes I may even order an appetizer to satiate my hunger before the main course. If you do not have this yearning desire for Jesus Christ, perhaps you have not yet read the menu (Scriptures) or satisfied your hunger (Eucharist). Lord, may my heart always yearn for You above all other desires in anticipation of full communion with You. Amen.
Let’s all invite one person each week (John 14:6
) to join our LIFE Group (>240 of God’s children).
* NEW: Renew your desire for the Lord. Participate in a Bible study/faith sharing group and put your faith into action by serving those in need.
* Let’s never forget the horrific reality of abortion (images
)…#1 cause of death in America. Let’s courageously share ProLife
Truth to create social tension for exposing abortion’s unjust peace…rebuilding a Culture of Life (Matt 5:16
) and setting the unborn free!
Our Prayers: Those who pray together stay together. Fasting ideas in footnote below.
* Prayer to end abortion
, abused children, chastity, peace, our enemies, our troops, depression/despair, prisoners, ProLife
politicians, illnesses/injuries, jobs, natural disasters, refugees, addictions, persecuted believers, Peters family (JP in hospital
), Lynn Bishara
(for son Alex), Stephanie Spader
(for pregnancy), Joyce Trunk (friend w/brain cancer), Kathy Castle (Vicki Miller in hospice).
Faith Quote: “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” – C.S. Lewis
Through Christ our Lord,
Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. ‘If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead.’* Fasting:
Let’s fast from things that take our eyes off Jesus (selfishness, bitterness, being so critical, impatience, gossip, excessive video games, etc) and take on things that fix our eyes on Jesus (selflessness, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, patience, understanding, caring, helping, listening).* Defend the unborn:
‘Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die’ (Prov 24:11). ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you’ (Jer
1:5). ‘It is a great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish’ (Blessed Mother Teresa).* Evangelization:
Let’s make room for unbelievers (be a friend, make a friend, lead a friend to Christ) and perpetual re-evangelization
of self and those near us, by way of daily prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of selfless love, mercy, and service (Matt 28:19