June 24 Devotional
Opening Prayer: O God, thank you that your great affection is a river of delights from which we can drink without end. Help us to live in your love all the minutes of this day. Amen.
Scripture: Psalm 36:5-10
Journal: What words or images in this Psalm make life well up within you? How does it meet you in your places of deepest longing? Do you really believe that this is what God wants for you? Will you feast? Will you drink? What is your response to His invitation today?
Reflection: How do you explain the unexplainable? It seems like that is a problem God often runs into. Not necessarily a problem for him, after all, he’s God. But more a problem for us as we attempt to get our minds and hearts around things that are so much bigger than we dare dream about. I think that’s why God often speaks in the language of metaphor. He gives us visual images that we can understand to try and help us begin to fathom things we can’t. His love, being a classic example. Since we are finite, how can we possibly understand a love that’s infinite? Since we are conditional, how can we begin to comprehend a love that is unconditional?
God uses many different words and images to describe his great affection. Here in Psalm 36 the main word he uses is chesed, which highlights the eternal nature of his love. It is often translated as his “steadfast” or “unchanging” love. It is a love that is almost exclusively used to describe the way that only God can love. It is a love that is not going anywhere. It is a love that will never fail, never waver, never run dry. Thus, the image of a river. A river from which God invites to drink, that we might know the depths of his delight
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
A. and B. are serving in a Creative Access country. Their family is building friendships and seeing them mature as A. continues to teach at a local university and serve the teachers and students there. Pray today for this family as they travel to the U.S next month to stay for 6 months. Pray also for when they return to the mission field that they will be able to find housing.
Homes of Love is an organization that cares for the long-term needs of orphaned or at-risk children in Southeast Asia. Homes of Love partners with local churches in various Southeast Asian towns to establish small, permanent, and family-structured homes for these children. Pray today for all of the children currently placed in these homes.
Closing Prayer: O God, your love is a raging river. Sweep us away in the torrents of your great affection. Through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.