Friday, October 09, 2015

October 9, 2015:  Harmony in God’s Presence

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 281  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of an anonymous singer singing Surely The Presence of the Lord Is In This Place, … declaring a special chord of harmony in the presence of God, which is felt when we seek Him in those quiet moments and when we can avoid hearing the noise and discord from the world.

Highlight Passage:   Job 30: 9 [NKJV] …  
9 “And now I am their taunting song; … Yes, I am their byword. 
…  Job could hear only the distorted song of those giving him unGodly tones of discord. 
Highlight Context – Job 29:1-6, 30: 1-9 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
…  Job had become the subject of the song of his “friends,” cause him great disharmony and discord. 

Reference Passage #1 - Isaiah 12:2, 26: 3 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… God can be our song and peace when we seek His presence in the absence of the discord of the world

Reference Passage #2 - Philippians 4:6-7 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… We can sense God’s peace when we can, in prayer, avoid the discord of internal anxiety and external noise

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Keila Ochoa, used the word picture of an orchestra to illustrate her teaching. She wrote for today, … Everyone touched by a piece of music hears it differently. The composer hears it in the chamber of his imagination. The audience hears it with their senses and emotions. The members of the orchestra hear most clearly the sound of the instruments closest to them. … In a sense, we are the members of God’s orchestra. Often we hear only the music closest to us. 

And then Ochoa used the biblical story of Job, who got distracted from the harmony of his faith in God when Satan intervened with horribly distracting and painful personal circumstances as well as the discord of ill-begotten counselors, who confused Job’s peace with their discord of mistaken advice. And that’s so often the case with our trying to be surrounded by God’s peace and we become distracted, even terrorized, by the disharmony of personal circumstances as well as all the noise of this world.

 So, … that is why we need to seek out, find, and use the peace that comes from getting into God’s presence, especially early in the morning … just as I do every morning here, when I come to be in a quiet place, where all I can sense, in solitude, is God’s song from His word and the quiet of His presence as I pray. The last thing I need to start any day is the noisiness of the world, the demands of my flesh, and the confusion Satan wants to bring into my life from His temptations.

 So, as Isaiah wrote (see Isaiah 12: 2 & 26:3) I pray we all can seek out and find a quiet place each morning to be in the harmonious and peaceful presence of God (as the linked song above so harmoniously sings today). And I pray that we can, as Paul wrote (see Phil. 4: 6-7), avoid our own internal anxiety by seeking God’s peace to guard our hearts.

My Prayer Today:  Oh, … Help all who seek to sense Your peace to find it in the quiet harmony of Your presence, found mainly in Your word and prayer. … Amen  

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