I, like many who will read this devotion read the Palms often in our personal devotions. I am not sure how may times over the years I have read Psalm 46 but the other day I read it a little differently. I am not surprised as it is the "living Word of God."
Verse 4 declares there is a river that gladdens God's city but there is no river that flows through the earthly city of Jerusalem. which leads me to believe "God's city" wasn't one limited to an earthly location but more of a poetic image of our God caring for all of God's people. This river the Psalmist spoke of looked back to creation, in the garden, (Gen: 2:10) and forward to our ultimate victory in God, ( Rev: 22:1-3) The Palmist is telling us that God's river of life, steadfast river of love is flowing through God into our hearts. It is not an earthly river but one of divine nature that even if the world is falling apart the Kingdom will not.
As I sit and close my eyes for a moment I can picture Psalm 23 better. I can feel a peace deeper and I know my God is with me. What helps you let God's steadfast river of love pour strength and comfort into your heart? I would love to hear from you.
My God, may all honor and glory be yours. May my heart be made pure through the forgiveness Your Son has blessed us with. Lord Jesus, you know firsthand about the joys and sorrows that are part of the deal of being human. Teach me how to look to you as my light and strength even at the most frightening and worrisome times. Lord, bless my families and look upon us with mercy and grace. Father I ask for special prayers of healing to my youngest, your child Kortnee. I asking for comfort to those in need and safe travel for those who will be on the roads later. Lord I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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Meet the pastor
Rev. Pastor Carl Schreiber has been serving East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) since March 12, 2006