Wednesday, August 10, 2016

August 10, 2016: His Goodness Shades Us

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 223  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of the group Newsong singing … For Goodness Sake, singing of the reality of God’s love ALWAYS shielding us when we surrender our lives to our Savior.

Highlight Passage:  Psalm 121:5 [NKJV] …  
5 The Lord is your keeper; … the Lord is your shade at your right hand. 
… God’s goodness and mercy shields us from the heat of our day.
Highlight Context – Psalm 121 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… A Song of God’s goodness shading us from evil.

Reference Passage #1 … Lamentations 3:22-23 [ NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… God’s shielding faithfulness never ceases

Reference Passage #2 … Hebrews 13:5 [ NKJV] …  
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” [Deut. 31:6, Josh. 1:5] 
… God repeats His promise to never forsake us.

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, Amy Boucher Pye, relates a word picture to illustrate the goodness and mercy and faithfulness of our God. She wrote: Living in Britain, I don’t usually worry about sunburn. After all, the sun is often blocked by a thick cover of clouds. But recently I spent some time in Spain, and I quickly realized that with my pale skin, I could only be out in the sunshine for ten minutes before I needed to scurry back under the umbrella. As I considered the scorching nature of the Mediterranean sun, I began to understand more deeply the meaning of the image of the Lord God as His people’s shade at their right hand. Residents of the Middle East knew unrelenting heat, and they needed to find shelter from the sun’s burning rays.

The ODB entry today is a word picture with which we can all identify; … i.e., the need to be shaded from the scorching sun (which, of course, represents the evil in this world). Everyday, watching the news we see/hear of the heat of this evil world bearing down on us … with murders, terrorism, and all sorts of mayhem pervading our times.

BUT … God’s promise to Israel in Psalm 121, and repeated in the other reference scriptures above, is that His goodness and mercy will always be there to shade us from the heat of evil in the world. Take in today’s linked song, and know that even if we lose our lives to this scorching evil, believers will be shaded with God’s love for eternity.

So, when you see reports of terrorists and murderous mayhem today, … take heart in the shading we have from our Lord.

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … I run into the shade of Your mercy today, Lord, to be shielded from the heat of evil in this world.  Amen    

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