Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April 19, 2016: A Heart’s Longing

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 110  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of Don Moen leading an ensemble singing As the Deer, declaring, from Psalm 42, the hunger in the heart of all for the One and only One who can satisfy the longing of our heart.

Highlight Passage:  Psalm 42: 1 [NKJV] … 
1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.  
… The desire in every man's (or woman's) heart which can only be filled by God.
Highlight Context – Psalm 42 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… God show what He can/will do for His chosen who served and surrender to His glory.

Reference Passage #1 - Proverbs 23:7 [NKJV] …  
7 As a man thinks in his heart, so is he … 
… Our “heart” (i.e., our mind and will) is a reflection of our desires; and our desires lead to our choices and behavior.

Reference Passage #2 - Matthew 5:6 [NKJV] …  
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled … 
… And I’m one of them!!!

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Keila Ochoa, told of a 15th century Mexican ruler, Nezahualcoyotl, who was a profound thinker and a poet; and who, dissatisfied with the “gods” who were a part of his people’s religion, knew - somehow - there was a God who, in his words, “… paints things with beauty.” Down deep, in his heart, this pagan ruler knew that there was a great God Who led him do such things as ban living sacrifices; … a God Who ruled over all man-made Gods.

And that’s the attitude of desire written into the highlight passage for today’s ODB entry, Psalm 42; … that desire for God, … I call it the “love-hole,” … which is fashioned into the heart of every man/woman; and that is the desire which, as the Psalmist wrote, pants like the desire of the deer for water (see attached photo and the linked song).

We all have that “love hole” in our hearts; and God is the only One who can fill it up. He’s the only One who can provide us with His living waters; and quench our thirst for Him. The question is - ALWAYS - are we doing what it takes to drink from His satisfying streams today and everyday?

My friend, that’s why you find me here at this stream of living waters - i.e., God’s word - every day, drinking from God’s unending supply of truth and filling my heart with His love.

Come drink with me, my dear one!!

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … I drink today and all days from Your living waters. Amen  

Blogger Note:  Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread, distributed online via email by RBC Ministries.  If you GO TO THIS LINK on the date of my blog, you can read/study the ODB blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

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