Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 42:1-2a – As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God. (KJV)
On my walk around the block just awhile ago, I was down in my spirit, saddened by the obvious worldly conduct of the people that I passed. My thoughts were mixed, seeing the disorderly behaviour on the street corner that undermines the collective enjoyment of the people at large.
It is not unusual for me to stop a distance away and take it all to God in prayer. Picture me standing there, asking God what this was all about. Where does it come from? How did it begin in the first place? To put it mildly, I was down, but not out, with what I heard and saw happening.
When I go by street musicians, I ask if they sing any gospel songs. Today, to my big surprise, a fellow asked if I would like to hear him sing. After my affirmative answer, he began to sing from memory, "As the deer panteth for the water so my soul longeth after Thee!" His guitar was in need of new strings, yet it was enough to accompany him in a song of praise for passersby to hear.
I was blown away, engulfed in the lyrics and melody that took me into a heavenly and godly moment! It was a happening that I wanted "more than gold or silver", a happening that satisfied with true joy from "the real joy giver"!
Just awhile before, I had been down in my spirit, but now I was up! "To You alone may my spirit yield … and I long to worship Thee." I was truly yielding my spirit to worship God with the street musician whose smile acknowledged God as his "heart's desire"!
The sun was shining approvingly as a blessing from above! The unhappy happenings were replaced by a powerful happening of the kind that begins with God. He has enormous happenings to help out His people who run to His shelter because of Jesus Christ. Even when the road seems uphill and so far to go, Jesus has said that He will always be with His own, never forsaking us on our journey!
Hebrews 13:5b – He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (NKJV)
Prayer: Lord our God, thank You for happenings that remind us that You alone are our heart's desire. Thank You for grace and blessing from above. Jesus, we long to worship You, the real Joy Giver! In Your holy name, hear our prayer. Amen!