Long View

Scripture

“Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright now.” Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me now.” So he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob.”  ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭25:31-33‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Observation

Jacob had been cooking stew and Esau came in from the field exhausted and hungry. Jacob sees an opportunity to get Esau’s birthright so in Esau’s weak moment he makes a bargain. “Sell me your birthright now”. Esau agrees and gives it up to Jacob. 

Application

Esau sought a temporary solution to deal with his immediate hunger.  In an exhausted state he gives up what should be the most important, his birthright. In the same way we often give up what is most important for temporary satisfaction. Instead of a long term view of life we seek a temporary solution to satisfy our hunger and thirst. May we capture an eternal perspective and live our lives with a long term view. 

Prayer

Lord may I see you in the everyday experiences. As I face challenges may I always have an eternal perspective and not seek short-term satisfaction. 

Go and Tell

Scripture

“And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.””  ‭‭Mark‬ ‭5:19‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Observation 

Jesus and his disciples went to the other side of the sea and came to Gerasenes.  There they met a man possessed by unclean spirits, and because of the number he gave himself the name legions. Jesus cast out the spirits into a herd of swine. The people demanded Jesus to leave their country so while he was boarding his boat, the delivered man came and asked to go with him.  Jesus refused but told him to go back to his home and tell everything that had happened. As he returned and told them of what Jesus did everyone marveled. 

Application

The transformations in our lives are given to point others to the glory of God. A transformed life is a testimony of the power of God over sin. When we have experienced the change in our lives that Jesus Christ brings we should tell others of what he has done. Jesus alone receives the glory and others marvel at his mercy and grace. Let us proclaim to those around us what Jesus Christ has done. 

Prayer

Lord, today as I move from an encounter with you give me opportunities to share the testimony of what you have done in my life so they may hear of your good works and give you glory. 

Prayerful Waiting

Scripture

“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”  ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:29-31‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Observation

Often we are faint, weary, and exhausted; it is at those times that we wait upon the Lord and our strength will be renewed. We will mount up with wings like eagles; run and not grow weary; and walk and joy faint. 

Application

In our times of exhaustion we are called to wait. This is the point where we often falter in prayer, waiting on the Lord. When we seek the Lord in prayer we  desire an immediate solution to our problems. To wait means we have to postpone the solutions to our dilemma and we are able to draw closer to the Lord and allow our will to be adjusted by his.  In the space between our prayer and God’s solution we come to a greater understanding of how God is using our current situation to accomplish His purposes. Our waiting becomes a time of discernment. 

I once heard someone describe waiting as that of a waiter. The waiter is actively returning back to the table to see how he can better serve the customer. In the same way we are actively waiting on the Lord. Going back to him to discern His will in our situation; and seeking to know how we may best make adjustments in our life so that we may conform to His image and desires for our lives. So as we pray, let us learn to wait for we are promised that at the end of our waiting we will soar.

Prayer

Lord, teach me to wait on you, to yield to your leading so that I may experience your full restoration and rest. 

Prayer Worship

Scripture

“Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!”  ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭141:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Observation

Our prayer and worship is an offering of praise to the Lord.

Application

We often come to prayer with our own agenda in mind. We want to receive something from our Heavenly Father.  Prayer is an opportunity to lift our praise and worship to the Lord. In prayer we recognize the eternal work behind our temporary circumstances. May our prayers be an act of worship and and expression of praise to our Lord who is working behind the scenes of our lives. 

Prayer

Lord today may my prayer be a wonderful fragrance of praise and worship to You.

Instrument of Praise

Scripture

“Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!  Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!”  ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭150:3-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Observation

Our praise is expressed in many ways and the Psalmist is calling for everything that breathes to praise the Lord.

Application

The life we live is made possible by the breath we breath. The air that fills our lungs is a byproduct of the creation God has created. Our Lord is the source of life and we are called to praise the Lord with the instrument of our choice. Individually we all have something to contribute to the symphony of praise. It may be an instrument we play, a voice we proclaim, or a skill we express. No matter what the instrument of choice we are called to “praise the Lord, praise the Lord”!

Prayer

Lord today I praise you.  I will use the instruments of my life to express my praise and glorify you.  Praise the Lord, praise the Lord!

Joyful Worship

Scripture

“I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”  ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭9:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Observation

Gladness and celebration flows from our worship thus we sing praises to the Lord, Most High. 

Application

We are looking for gladness and celebration in life. We want a sense of thrill in our ordinary and often routine lives. Where will we find such joy?  The psalmist reveals that it will be found in the worship of our Heavenly Father.  It is in our worship that we are transported into the presence of a holy and glorious God. He is beyond routine but is magnificent and glorious. In his presence there is joy unspeakable. 

Prayer

Lord, may I find the gladness and joy I am looking for in you alone. Today may I seek to praise and glorify you for in you there is celebration and jubilation. 

All Glory

Scripture

““Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.””  ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭4:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Observation

The Lord deserves all glory, honor, and power for He created all things and by His desire all things exist and were created. 

Application

Our existence is grounded in our creator God for He desired that all things would exist thus they were created. When we come to grips with the reality that we owe our total existence to the Lord our God then it will change the course of our lives. We will live no longer for our own pleasure but the pleasures and will of God. The Lord deserves all glory and all honor for everything and everyone that existed owes their existence to God. 

Prayer

Lord today as I go about my daily tasks,  may  I give you all glory and all honor for “this is the day the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice”.