The Water Brooks Of God

“As the hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God. My inner self thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?” Psalm 42: 1-2 (AMP)

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There are many times in life when we find ourselves in a place where it’s dry and barren. We long and crave for the water brooks of God – just to have our dry, parched lips moistened with the living water. As if in a desert longing to find some cool, refreshing water, we long to quench our thirst by drinking deeply from it.

It’s in these times that God comes and refreshes us, and by this refreshing there comes a growth. But often we need to be in this place of desperation before we can truly hunger and thirst after God – and cry out to Him with all our hearts.

We don’t have the same desperation when we’re happily going through life, so God allows these desert time experiences that causes us to pant, crave and long for the water brooks of God. If you need refreshing today, come to Him and drink deeply and you will be satisfied.

In the desert times of life
Receive the water that satisfies

M.S. Lowndes

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Seven Days

INSTEAD of demanding one day of the seven the law of love really controls, regulates our entire time; seven days of the week we are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength; and seven days of the week we are to love our neighbor as ourselves; and seven days in the week we are to rest also–rest from our own works–rest by faith in the finished work of Christ–rest in the love of God– rest in the peace of God which passeth understanding, ruling in our hearts continually.th-3

 

Daily Heavenly Manna

Everything In Love

In everything you do,images
Do it in love
For the Father is watching
In Heaven above.

At work or at play
Offer words of kindness to others
To the cashier, the barber
The bus driver and new mothers.

Jesus is the example
That we all should follow
Love is the ultimate gift
To give those in good times and sorrow.

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Our King-Jesus

O Saviour, precious Saviour,
Whom yet unseen we love,
O Name of might and favour,
All other names above!
We worship Thee, we bless Thee
To Thee alone we sing
We praise Thee, and confess Thee
Our holy Lord and King

In Thee all fulness dwelleth,
All grace and power divine,
The glory that excelleth,
O Son of God, is Thine!
We worship Thee, we bless Thee
To Thee alone we sing,
We praise Thee and confess Thee,
Our glorious Lord and King       – Frances Ridley Havergal

Meditation and Separation

Whatsoever parteth the hoof and cheweth the cud.  Leviticus 11:3 (R. V.)

The animals, in which these two characteristics met, were reckoned clean, and therefore fit for food. It is certain that the minute particularity of these words has some further reference than to the diet of Israel, important though that was, or to accentuate with every meal the necessity of their being a separate people. We, at least, may gather this lesson, that in our daily experience we must combine meditation and separation.

Meditation. – The cattle do not simply browse on the pastures, but they lie down to chew the cud. It is not enough to peruse our allotted Scripture portion; we must ruminate upon it, comparing spiritual things with spiritual, and scripture with scripture. The Holy Ghost will take of the things of Christ and show them unto us, and He will bring all things to our remembrance.

Separation. – “Whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God.” “The Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” We have not meditated to good purpose unless we have felt its keen edge. Detachment from the world must follow on true attachment to Christ. Love to Naomi will draw Ruth from Moab across the Jordan.

The two must be combined. – The swine divideth the hoof, but cheweth not the cud, and was therefore unclean. A man may profess to love his Bible, but the supreme test is his daily separation from evil. On the other hand, our daily life ought to emanate, not from without, which is Pharisaism, but from within, where we chew the cud of holy meditation.

F.B. Meyer

All That Love Asks…

“All that I ask,” says Love, “is just to stand
And gaze, unchided, deep in thy dear eyes; abundanthope
For in their depths lies largest Paradise.
Yet, if perchance one pressure of thy hand
Be granted me, then joy I thought complete
Were still more sweet.

“All that I ask,” says Love, “all that I ask,
Is just thy hand-clasp.    Could I brush thy cheek
As zephyrs brush a rose leaf, words are weak
To tell the bliss in which my soul would bask.
There is no language but would desecrate
A joy so great.

“All that I ask, is just one tender touch
Of that soft cheek.    Thy pulsing palm in mine,
Thy dark eyes lifted in a trust divine,
And those curled lips that tempt me overmuch
Turned where I may not seize the supreme bliss
Of one mad kiss.

“All that I ask,” says Love, “of life, of death,
Or of high heaven itself, is just to stand,
Glance melting into glance, hand twined in hand,
The while I drink the nectar of thy breath
In one sweet kiss, but one, of all thy store,
I ask no more.”

“All that I ask”–nay, self-deceiving Love,
Reverse thy phrase, so thus the words may fall,
In place of “all I ask,” say, “I ask all,”
All that pertains to earth or soars above,
All that thou wert, art, will be, body, soul,
Love asks the whole,

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

1 Corinthians 13:8-13New International Version (NIV)

 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

 

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