Great Plains Daily Devotional for 7/10/2019

Today please be in prayer for

Craig Finnestad
Omaha Water's Edge UMC
Missouri River District
Leandra Esler
Omaha Water's Edge UMC
Missouri River District
Doug Olson
Nehawka: First UMC
Weeping Water UMC
Missouri River District
Chad Anglemyer
District Superintendent
Elkhorn Valley District
Missouri River District

Today's Lectionary Text

Psalm 119:73-80 

Your hands have made and fashioned me;
    give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
    because I have hoped in your word.
I know, O Lord, that your judgments are right,
    and that in faithfulness you have humbled me.
Let your steadfast love become my comfort
    according to your promise to your servant.
Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
    for your law is my delight.
Let the arrogant be put to shame,
    because they have subverted me with guile;
    as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.
Let those who fear you turn to me,
    so that they may know your decrees.
May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
    so that I may not be put to shame.

Today's Devotional

Have you ever been asked the question, “Where did you see God today?”  How is a person to know where they saw God?  I believe today’s scripture from Psalm 119 helps with this very question. 

Psalm 119 is one of the longest Psalms written.  It is because it was written to teach the basics of the faith in such a way children and people would not forget it. Each section has 8 lines that start with one of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  Each section has a different topic, and each topic focuses on key topics of faith. 
Today’s verse talk about the important of reading and living out scripture.  As you read this passage, I invite you to remember key scriptures that have shaped your faith.  Scriptures that have guided you in decisions you have made.  Think of scriptures that challenged you as a disciple of Christ.  Or maybe you remember scripture that gives you comfort in life.  That is the power of the living word of God.  It guides, it inspires, it offers healing and hope.  I believe it helps us to know where God is.
How?  Because as Christians, we do not read scripture outside of living life.  For example, each day we live out relationships with each other.  As we read scripture, we are given insight into how to treat each other.  Scripture, along with our reasoning, experiences, and traditions (called Law in Psalm 119) guide us and help us to grow as disciples of Christ, grow in our faith, and live faithfully.  Sometimes, we even get help seeing where God is at work.  I know when I stop and read scripture, I see God at work a lot more than if I just barreled ahead.
I hope as you read Psalm 119, you will be reminded of the basics of your faith so you can keep growing in your love of God and others.  After all, isn’t that what the unfailing love of God, and the scripture that reveals it, is all about?
-Rev. Tessa Zehring 
Doniphan & Rosedale UMC's

Prayer for Reflection

Thank you, God, for the ways you continue to be revealed through the scriptures.  Your word helps me comprehend the experiences I am living out and see you present in all ways.  Thank you, Lord, for your Spirit that reminds me how to walk in your love today and every day.  Amen.


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