Thursday, August 3, 2017

Devotions: Blessings from Immersion in God

How blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
In whose heart are the highways to Zion!

Psalm 84:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

We are blessed if God is our strength. So often we try to do things on our own, by our own strength or wisdom. And sometimes it works out, but not always, and it usually brings a fair amount of stress and worry with it. If it doesn’t then it brings pride, none of which are godly. But if God is our strength, if we do nothing without God’s power and wisdom, and seeking His guidance and blessing first, then we are free from worry and stress. Some may find it stressful to give something into the hands of another and would say that not doing it themselves would be stressful, but that is because they don’t fully trust in God to take care of it. This blessing only comes from truly and fully entrusting everything to God and relying on His strength and wisdom to accomplish it. It also keeps us from pride because looking to God for strength and wisdom requires humility, admitting that we are not enough on our own. The highways to Zion refer to walking in the ways of God, being in God’s house, and seeking His presence. We are blessed by those (as I have covered previously), but they only bless us if they are in our hearts. We must be immersed and consumed by them. We have to walk in God’s ways willingly, seeking to be on His path. We have to look forward to spending time in God’s house, desire to be there, and be satisfied with what we receive there. Above all, we must bask in God’s presence. We must seek it the way we seek the sun, running to the light so that we can be tanned by its rays. So we must seek God’s presence so that we can be transformed by His radiance. We must be so absorbed by it that nothing else can permeate us, until we are emitting God from every pore. Seek the strength and presence of God and be blessed!

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