Pilgrimage OLS — Week Five
Have you ever been outside just at twilight, the golden hour for photographers, and watched the sun as it was setting? The colors in the sky change each second, and you watch as God, the Master Artist, paints the sky, uniquely brushing color after color into His painting. After a long day of writing, I walked out of the hotel where I was for the week, and stood in the parking lot with my camera, taking photo after photo of the incredible unfolding beauty before me in the sky. I was focused on God’s work and lost all sense of the fact that I was, after all, in a parking lot. After about ten minutes, I sensed I was not alone. I looked around me and there were about ten people standing there, looking at the sunset with me. They had arrived, parked, and wondered what in the world I was looking at. And they couldn’t help but stop and admire God’s majesty unfolding in the sky.
Your devotion to God will spill over into life and touch a lost and hurting world. Devotion is a solemn, passionate dedication and exclusive commitment to Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a committed passionate loyalty to the King of your homeland, the Kingdom of God. To be devoted to God implies commitment, loyalty, fidelity, respect, passion, and exclusive attachment. Devotion is a gift that comes from God. It is something that can be encouraged but not manufactured. It is given by God through His Holy Spirit who indwells you at the time you become a Christian. It is encouraged through your concentrated effort and intention to see beyond the physical world to the spiritual realm. The result of your devotion is a life of devotion that begins with your quiet time and is lived out in your everyday life.
In Week 5 of Pilgrimage of the Heart, we studied Psalm 5 and looked at the devotion of the pilgrim in the life of David. David was, after all, described by God as “a man after My own heart.” God said (in Acts 13:22) “I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.” Oh wow! Those words are so profound. At the end of the day, don’t we all want to hear those words? They are very much like the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” I can just imagine the amazing time David is having just now in heaven with his Lord because their relationship was special and intimate. It’s what I call a radical intimacy.
Dear friend, I want to encourage you today to cultivate that radical intimacy with your Lord. Begin the day with Him and you will discover a new perspective and a new power for life. Open the pages of His Word, take time in silence and solitude to live in His words, talk with Him about everything that is on your heart, and lay out your heart’s desires before Him. David said:
Lay out your requests today and wait in expectation. Waiting is not easy, but it is possible. I define the word WAIT as watching always I trust. I learned so much about the importance of waiting for God the year that I chose “wait” as my word for the year and Psalm 130:5-6 as my verses of the year. Listen to these words and be encouraged: “I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.” Waiting is tied very closely to a deep trust in God resulting in a great hope in the Lord. All of those qualities flow from our singular devotion to God, our exclusive attachment and fidelity to the King of our homeland, the kingdom of heaven.
Your assignment this next week is to continue on in Pilgrimage of the Heart Week 6, Days 1-3, The Prayer of the Pilgrim.
♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!
What is God teaching you? I invite you to read Psalm 5 and write out what you learn from David’s devotion to the Lord.
- Title: Lifting Up My Eyes
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- Description: Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA.
- Creator: Catherine Martin
- Date Created: 09/18/13
- Camera: Nikon D7000, ISO 100 f11.0 1/40.
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