Our Daily Bread: Forwarded
- READ: Psalm 63:1-8 Appended
My soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You. —Psalm 63:1
A hotel in Singapore introduced an express buffet—eat all you can in 30
minutes and pay just half the price! After that experience, one diner reported:
“I lost my decorum, stuffing my mouth with yet more food. I lost my civility, .
. . and I lost my appetite for the rest of the day, so severe was my
Sometimes I think in our devotional reading we treat God’s Word like an express
buffet. We wolf it down as fast as we can and wonder why we haven’t learned
very much. Like physical food, spiritual food needs chewing! For those of us
who have been Christians for a long time, we may have a tendency to speed-read
through the passages we’ve read many times before. But in doing so, we miss
what God is meaning to show us. One sure sign of this is when we learn nothing
new from that passage.
David’s desire was right when he wrote in Psalm 119:15, “I will meditate on
Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways.” That’s the way to treat God’s
Word—to take time to mull it over.
Let’s not come to the Bible as if we were going to an express buffet. Only by
meditating on God’s Word will we get the most value for our spiritual
well-being. —C. P. Hia
Spending time in meditation,
Hiding Scripture in our heart,
Works in us a transformation
So from sin we can depart. —Sper
Reading the Bible without reflecting is like eating without chewing.
Psalm 63[a] A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
1 You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
3 Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
6 On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
7 Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.
1. Psalm 63:1 In Hebrew texts 63:1-11 is numbered 63:2-12.
- READ: Psalm 31:9-15
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body! —Psalm 31:9
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the US on
September 11, 2001. It’s hard to think about that date without mental
images of the destruction, grief, and loss that swept over America and
the world following those tragic events. The loss of thousands of lives
was compounded by the depth of loss felt corporately—a lost sense of
security as a country. The sorrow of loss, personal and corporate, will
always accompany the memory of the events of that day.
Those horrific events are not the only painful memories of September 11. It
also marks the anniversary of my father-in-law’s death. Jim’s loss is
felt deeply within our family and
his circle of friends.
No matter what kind of sorrow we experience, there is only one real
comfort—the mercy of God. David, in his own heartache, cried to his
heavenly Father, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; my eye wastes away with grief, yes, my soul and my body!” (Ps. 31:9). Only in the mercy of God can we find comfort for our pain and peace for our troubled hearts.
In all losses, we can turn to the true Shepherd, Jesus Christ, who alone can heal our brokenness and grief. —Bill Crowder
We have a Friend
who’ll never leave,
Who’s closer than a brother;
He’s there to meet our deepest needs,
To comfort like no other. —Sper
When God permits suffering, He also provides comfort.