IDOK Devotion for Thursday, March 25, 2010
The Glorious Adventure – He Knows!
While listening and watching a Special on Daystar Television – The Life of Jesus Christ – I gave Clap Praises and thought to myself and said aloud to Him that to look upon His Face, meet His Eyes with mine, and have Him smile at me, without a doubt, is and would be the greatest thing to ever happen to me. I honestly can think of NOTHING greater. May it be so for each of us!
I was so impressed yesterday with the fact that God Knows. Beth’s (Moore) daughter put it this way: He knows it’s scary to be us. I urge you to take the time to listen and view yesterday’s Wednesdays with Beth segment. Here’s a link, be patient with the loading of it – the message is worth the wait. http://lifetoday.tv/qt/2010/03/100324.htm
For today let me give you a key statement from Jesus Lives by Sarah Young found on page 16 (Jesus speaking, of course): I want to make your life a glorious adventure, but you must seek to know ME in greater depth and breadth instead of striving for a safe lifestyle.
I’ve read Psalm 63 in various Translations and Paraphrases (I really like The Message version) but I have chosen The Amplified to share with you here this morning. We should allow this Psalm to take a reading on our hearts — how abandoned to THE Glorious Adventure are we?
Psalm 63 (Amplified Bible)
1 O GOD, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is.
2 So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory.
3 Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.
4 So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5 My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips
6 When I remember You upon my bed and meditate on You in the night watches.
7 For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice.
8 My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.
9 But those who seek and demand my life to ruin and destroy it shall [themselves be destroyed and] go into the lower parts of the earth [into the underworld of the dead].
10 They shall be given over to the power of the sword; they shall be a prey for foxes and jackals.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him [that is, who binds himself by God’s authority, acknowledging His supremacy, and devoting himself to His glory and service alone; every such one] shall glory, for the mouths of those who speak lies shall be stopped.
ABBA, it helps, it feels good to know that You know and that You care more than we have believed. It feels good to experience You ‘reading my mail’. It feels good for You to ‘look over my shoulder’ so to speak. It feels good to experience You tending me, especially when You are correcting and disciplining me. And this Glorious Adventure, I’d like to experience that more with You. I am trusting You will get me to the place of abandonment so I can. And not just me but every one of our IDOKs and Readers that will sign up to go along with You. Make it so. Make it so.
You know the cries of our hearts today. You know the needs of the people we bring here today. You know how scary it is to be us, to be in the places we are. Some scary places and people in them are coming to my mind in this moment – a family having set their minds on divorce – it’s so sad, they are opening a door that they do not know – I pray they will hear You and will repent and refuse to walk though that door. Families with financial needs come to mind too – that’s a scary thing for us but it can be a good thing, can’t it?- if we let it train us to depend on You. So I am asking You to provide for their debts to be paid and above that to bring them to the place of trust and correction and a brighter financial future. And there are multiple families with chronic and severe illness and disease – these are so very scary and taxing and draining and consuming of life and we’d rather these things just go away and we all be well and restored and healthy and free but not our will but Your Will be done. And some of us have a pain in the neck, help us work that out. And our IDOK Troops, as always we pray for them and thank You so much for this ministry to them, asking You to daily protect them, daily comfort and encourage and yes correct and discipline and provide support to them, spiritually, emotionally and physically and for their families too. And I have not forgotten, Your House is to be a House of Prayer – keep calling us to prayer and help us come and pray in Jesus Name. Amen and amen.