Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 337
Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from Dolly Parton singing her prayer in song … Hello God … poignantly speaking openly to God in song with a prayer of contrition and a plea for God’s love.
Highlight Verse: Psalm 116:7 [NKJV] …
7 Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
… The Palmist talks to himself of how God has dealt with his soul.
Highlight Passage [context]: Psalm 116:1-7 … USE THIS LINK …
… The Psalmist has a quiet conversation with God and himself.
Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : ... Psalm 62:5, 103:2 … USE THIS LINK …
… King David has a self-directed conversation in song, knowing that God is listening.
My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, James Banks, uses a personal illustration, with which most of us can identify, to teach on our prayer life with God. He writes: Do you ever talk to yourself? Sometimes when I’m working on a project—usually under the hood of a car—I find it helpful to think aloud, working through my options on the best way to make the repair. If someone catches me in my “conversation” it can be a little embarrassing—even though talking to ourselves is something most of us do every day.
And we do, don’t we? … Well, at least I do. And quite often, especially here in the later stages of my life, I find myself talking with myself, … but knowing that my Lord is listening … even bending down to monitor my self-talk, which includes Him (see how God listens to us in Psalm 116:1-2).
In fact, I come to a quiet place every morning to be with my God with few earthly/personal distractions; and I quite often find myself speaking to myself, believing - no, KNOWING - that my God hears me in my self-directed conversations.
In this morning’s linked song, you can hear Dolly Parton praying in song; and you get the sense that she’s just having an open conversation with God, believing strongly that He not only hears but He cares.
I hope that others, reading with me here, take the time to get alone - and yes, daily - to talk to ourselves, reciting our blessings and thankfulness to God as the Psalmists in today’s highlight scriptures above; and then pouring out our hearts, openly and verbally, with our confessions , thankfulness, and petitions; … because our God even bends down to hear our words of contrition and concern.
He so loves and cares for His children!!!
My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, oh my soul is so weary of my selfishness. May I surrender more to You, Lord, … seeking Your will and Your way thru Your word … every day!! ... Amen
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