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Psalm 23 (31 July)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

Your kindness and love will always be with me each day of my life, and I will live forever in your house, Lord.

(Psalm 23.6)

Reflect: 

Whilst there could be a sense of destination or of journeying home at the end of this Psalm, the emphasis isn’t on the end of our lives – but rather this is our life now. Dallas Willard liked the phrase ‘eternal living’ which has in our own lives, already begun. It is a life lived in ‘interactive, co-operative and communicative relationship with God in God’s present and coming kingdom.

Respond: 

How can you live today with constant or at least regular interaction with God? How can you remind yourself today of his constant kindness and love?

Midday Meditation:

"All during the day, in the chinks of time between the things we find ourselves obliged to do, there are the moments when our minds ask: ‘What next?’ In these chinks of time, ask Him: ‘Lord, think Thy thoughts in my mind. What is on Thy mind for me to do now?’ When we ask Christ, ‘What next?’ we tune in and give Him a chance to pour His ideas through our enkindled imagination. If we persist, it becomes a habit."

(Frank Laubach)

Evening Reflection:

You are my God. I worship you. In my heart, I long for you, as I would long for a stream in a scorching desert. I have seen your power and your glory in the place of worship. Your love means more than life to me, and I praise you. As long as I live, I will pray to you. I will sing joyful praises and be filled with excitement like a guest at a banquet. 

(From Psalm 63)

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