20/20 Vision - A Guided Devotional

20/20 Vision is a guided devotional in the book of Psalms. Our goal is to take the first 20 minutes of our day for peaceful meditation in the word of God for 20 days. Some things do not come clean unless you soak them; your mind and spirit are like this.  It takes time in the presence of Jesus to bring cleansing and wholeness to our souls. Don't be discouraged if it takes a few days just to learn how to be still before God. We as Americans live very noisy, busy lives. But stick with it, you won't regret it. 20 days in the presence of God will awaken and or revive His dream for your life.

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Day Ten: Psalm – 42 – The Gift of Spiritual Hunger.

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One of the greatest gifts you can ever receive is a fresh spiritual hunger from God, for God. A deep desire that only God can satisfy. Deep calling unto deep, father calling child, creator call creation. Let’s go to Him now in prayer:

Loving heavenly Father, many things in this life compete for my desires, but in my heart know that you are all I really need. Please grant me an abiding hunger for you.  Please cause me to center my affections on eternal things.  I ask this in the name and authority of your son Jesus Christ, amen.

The Bible tells us that the Father works in us to give us both the desire and the ability to do what is pleasing to Him.[1]  As you search the scriptures in the presence of your Father today, ask Him to place a holy desire in your heart; a desire that will bring you face to face with your loving God, living your life in the center of His presence and purpose.

 

Psalm 42

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah. As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?” My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration! Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you— even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar. I hear the tumult of the raging seas as your waves and surging tides sweep over me. But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life. “O God my rock,” I cry, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?” 10 Their taunts break my bones. They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”

11 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again- my Savior and my God! [2]

 

[1] Philippians 2:13

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 42). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

 

[1] Philippians 2:13

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 42). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Day Nine: Psalm – 103 – You Will Seldom Exceed Your Belief About God.

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As promised on Day 8; here's a list of 17 blessings found in the 23rd Psalm:  Day - 08 - SUPPLEMENTAL - 17 Promises in the 23rd Psalm

 

How do you see God? Our heavenly Father is compassionate and full of love, and thanks to the cross of Christ, you and I have unlimited access to that love.  Let’s go to him now in prayer:

Father God, I need your compassion and love.  Help me today as I read your word, to write that love on my heart. Help me to see you as you really are. Help me to see myself as you see me. I ask this in the name and authority of your son Jesus Christ, amen.

We will never exceed our beliefs; our belief about ourselves and belief about our heavenly Father.  When we begin to know Him better, and get to know how He see us, it changes our belief about ourselves. We can only truly achieve a new reality when we assume a new identity.

Psalm 103

A psalm of David.

Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly. He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel. The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. 10 He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. 11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. 12 He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. 13 The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. 14 For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. 15 Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. 16 The wind blows, and we are gone— as though we had never been here. 17 But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children 18 of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!

19 The Lord has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything. 20 Praise the Lord, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands. 21 Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will! 22 Praise the Lord, everything he has created, everything in all his kingdom. Let all that I am praise the Lord. [1]

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 103). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Day Eight: Psalm 23 – Seventeen Promises in the Twenty-Third Psalm.

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I count a least seventeen promises from God to His children in the twenty-third Psalm. These promises affect every aspect of our lives.  As you’re meditating on God’s word this morning, open your journal or tablet and record the promises that you find.  Before we begin, let’s go to the Father in prayer:

Dear Jesus, you are my Good Shepherd, watching over my life with genuine concern and love. Open your word to me this morning.  Give me revelation of your care for me. I ask this in the name and authority of your son Jesus Christ, amen.

The 23rd Psalm is perhaps the most widely known of all the psalms, in part I believe, because is so aptly describes our Father’s great love and care for every detail of our lives. Our protection from harm, our need for food and rest, for leadership and direction. As you slowly read and meditate on these verses today, ask the Holy Spirit to make each of these promises a reality in your heart.  Use your sanctified imagination to see Jesus making these promises personally to you.

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. 2 He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. 3 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. 4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. 5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. 6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever. [1]

 

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 23–24:10). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

 

 

Day Seven: Psalm 25 – Peace That Passes Understanding.

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In this busy and hectic world, do you ever find yourself in need of peace? Let’s begin by talking to the Father:

Father God, life gets crazy sometimes, well, most of the time. Or, maybe it is just me that gets crazy. I know I need to slow down and enjoy this life that you gave me, but everything, everyone, seems to scream for my attention, my affection.  So I’m asking you to help step aside from the screaming long enough to hear your still small voice.  I ask this in the name and authority of your son, Jesus Christ, amen.

Jesus promised us “peace that passes all understanding”. Think about that; it’s not our ability to understand how the peace comes, just to trust in whom it come from. Today we’re spending time with our Father in Psalm 25, consider His promise of peace, and the purpose to pursue that peace.[1]

Psalm 25

A psalm of David.

O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others. Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past. Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord. The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. 10 The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands. 11 For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins. 12 Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose. 13 They will live in prosperity, and their children will inherit the land. 14 The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. 15 My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies. 16 Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress. 17 My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all! 18 Feel my pain and see my trouble. Forgive all my sins. 19 See how many enemies I have and how viciously they hate me! 20 Protect me! Rescue my life from them! Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge. 21 May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you. 22 O God, ransom Israel from all its troubles.[2]

 

[1] Philippians 4:7 (NLT)

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 25). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Day Six: Psalm 25 – The Key to Answered Prayer?

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Have you ever wondered about the promises Jesus gave us about answered prayer? Like, why don’t they actually come true?  Today we’re going to be meditating on the keys to answered prayer. Let’s begin by talking to the Father:

Father God, we have come to spend time with you, to open your word and allow it to speak to our hearts.  If we are honest, we must admit that many, if not most our prayers, go unanswered. Many of our desires go unfulfilled. We know that you are good and true, so please help us understand why we can fail so badly in receiving answers to our prayers. We ask this in the name and authority of your son, Jesus Christ, amen.

Jesus did indeed give us many assurances of answered prayer, but He also said there were keys to unlocking His kingdom.[1] It’s when we humble ourselves and submit to the process of discipleship, that the Holy Spirit can renew our minds in His word, and our character is developed to handle the blessings of answered prayer. Today as you are reading Psalm 25, consider the key of humility, it is one of the most important in unlocking the kingdom.

Psalm 25

A psalm of David.

O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others. Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past. Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord. The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. 10 The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands. 11 For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins. 12 Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose. 13 They will live in prosperity, and their children will inherit the land. 14 The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. 15 My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies. 16 Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress. 17 My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all! 18 Feel my pain and see my trouble. Forgive all my sins. 19 See how many enemies I have and how viciously they hate me! 20 Protect me! Rescue my life from them! Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge. 21 May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you. 22 O God, ransom Israel from all its troubles.[2]

 

[1] Matthew 16:19 (NLT)

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 25). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Day Five: Psalm 34 – Are You Needlessly Suffering Alone?

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Have you ever wondered where God was in the midst of difficult situation?

Let’s go to God in prayer;  Heavenly Father, Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us, but sometimes I still choose to walk through things in my own strength. Please help me to humble myself and ask for your help, because I know you never want me to go through tough times on my own. I ask this in the name and in the authority of your son, Jesus Christ, amen.

When we find ourselves in tough times, how often do we waste precious time and energy asking what or why? “What did I do to deserve this?”, “Why is this happening to me?”, or “Why did God let this happen?” All too often, we feel the need to understand or control life’s circumstances; this is not the life of faith. Faith does not always need to understand, it simply trusts in God. It is never our circumstances; it is always our response. If we react to the circumstances, it is because we refused to find, or even acknowledge God in the midst of them. As we are reading Psalm 34, take a moment to meditate on verses 18-20.  Realize that you need not ever suffer alone again.

Psalm 34

A psalm of David, regarding the time he pretended to be insane in front of Abimelech, who sent him away. I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together. I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him. Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need. 10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing. 11 Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the Lord. 12 Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous? 13 Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies! 14 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. 15 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help. 16 But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth. 17 The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. 18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. 19 The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. 20 For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken! 21 Calamity will surely destroy the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished. 22 But the Lord will redeem those who serve him. No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned. [1]

 

[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 34). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Day Four: Psalm 73 – Did You Ever Feel Like Life is Not Fair?

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Have you ever wondered why God allows some people get away with murder? Did you ever wonder why the wicked seem to prosper?

Let’s go to God in prayer; Heavenly Father, I often find myself preoccupied with the question of fairness, or perhaps more accurately, unfairness. It seems like some of the things that happened to me just aren’t fair. And at the same time, it seems like others around are prospering who do very little to deserve it. I know I have much to be thankful, so please help me today to get keep eyes on the many blessings in my life, and especially upon you.  I ask this in the name and in the authority of your son, Jesus Christ, amen.

It is easy to begin to question God’s fairness when you get your eyes to consistently on the world. The cares of this life have a way of screaming their importance, demanding our time, and ravaging our affections. This is why we so desperately need to spend quiet times of mediation with God. It is hard to live for another world when you are only gazing on this one.  We need to see things from God’s perspective. This life is a like the morning mist, it is here one moment limiting our vision and then suddenly it is gone[1]. It’s only when we see things in light of eternity that life makes sense. We are pilgrims on this earth, here only for a while, and then eternity. As you meditate on Psalm 73 this morning, pay particular attention in verse 17 to what saved the psalmist from stumbling.  What you are doing today, so, so very important.

 

Psalm 73

A psalm of Asaph.

Truly God is good to Israel, to those whose hearts are pure. But as for me, I almost lost my footing.

My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone. For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness. They seem to live such painless lives; their bodies are so healthy and strong. They don’t have troubles like other people; they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else. They wear pride like a jeweled necklace and clothe themselves with cruelty. These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for! They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others. They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth. 10 And so the people are dismayed and confused, drinking in all their words. 11 “What does God know?” they ask. “Does the Most High even know what’s happening?” 12 Look at these wicked people— enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply. 13 Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?

14 I get nothing but trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain. 15 If I had really spoken this way to others, I would have been a traitor to your people. 16 So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper.

But what a difficult task it is! 17 Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked. 18 Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction. 19 In an instant they are destroyed, completely swept away by terrors. 20 When you arise, O Lord, you will laugh at their silly ideas as a person laughs at dreams in the morning. 21 Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. 22 I was so foolish and ignorant— I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. 23 Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. 24 You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. 26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. 27 Those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you. But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,

and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do. [2]

 

[1] James 4:13-14 (NLT)

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 73). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

 

 

 

 

Day Three: Psalm 40 – Are You Waiting ON the Lord, or FOR the Lord?

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The Bible is filled with references promising benefits to those who wait upon the Lord; courage, deliverance, provision, peace, strength, healing, and more.  Nevertheless, what does it mean to “wait” on the Lord?

Let’s go to the Lord in prayer:  Heavenly Father, you’ve given me many precious promises, but I cannot passively wait for those promises to drop out of heaven, I must learn to pursue heaven and receive those promises in your presence. Loving Father, help me, by the power of your Holy Spirt, to come into your presence today and receive the assurance of answered prayer.  I ask this by the authority of the name of your son, Jesus Christ, amen.

The word translated “wait” here is the Hebrew word “qā·wā” a verb that speaks of active pursuit, not passive resignation.  Think; a waiter is waiting on a customer, rather and commuter waiting on a bus.  Waiting on the Lord is what we are all about in the 20/20 Devotional series. Learning to come out of our busy lives and into the presence of God.  Asking our Father in person, and not simply in principle. Jesus warned us that this life would have troubles and trials, some unpleasant, some seemingly unbearable, but all overcome by Himself. He promised us that He had overcome this world[1], but we must learn to “wait” upon the Lord to appropriate these promises.  As you read the Psalm this morning, take your time on each verse, allow the Holy Spirit to bring light and application to your situations.

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Psalm 40

For the choir director: A psalm of David. I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols. O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them. You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand— you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings. Then I said, “Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures: I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.” I have told all your people about your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out, as you, O Lord, well know. 10 I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness. 11 Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me. 12 For troubles surround me— too many to count! My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out. They outnumber the hairs on my head. I have lost all courage. 13 Please, Lord, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me. 14 May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!” 16 But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!” 17 As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay. [2]

[1] John 17:33 (NLT)

[2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2013). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 40). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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Day Two: Psalm 16 – Do You Ever Feel Lost?

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Introduction

Do you ever feel lost?  If you’ve never made peace with God, this is a reasonable and genuine concern.  But sometimes, even people of faith can struggle with a feeling of being lost, alone, on their own.  But is the feeling real?

Let’s go to the Lord in prayer:

Father, I come to this morning to confess my need for your reassurance. I know in my mind that you love us, really love us. I know that have promised never to stop loving me, but sometimes, none-the-less, I feel unloved, abandoned, and alone.  Forgive me for my frequent doubts. I know that you are not offended by my weakness and that I am welcome to bring that weakness to you and allow you to turn it into a strength. Fill my heart with the faithful assurance of your unending love.  In the name and authority of your precious Son Jesus Christ, amen.

Devotional

So, is the feeling real? Well yes, the feeling is real, but it does not represent reality.  We should never deny our feelings, nor should we ignore them. But neither should we simply accept them.  Often they point to something, or somewhere, in our hearts where the love of God is not a reality[1].  Take your feelings into the presence of God, where the “mountains melt like wax.”  Do not deny them, but never put a period after them, just a comma, the speak God’s promises over your situation.

Conclusion

Take some time now and quietly meditate on Psalm 27 as use your God-given gift of imagination to bring God into every situation that is making you feel alone.  Often the difference between being completely lost, and only away from home, is a landmark.  Therefore, ask God to help you make Him that familiar landmark in ANY situation.  Pay particular attention to verse 8: “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.”

Psalm 16 (NLT) A psalm of David.

Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge. I said to the Lord, “You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from you.” The godly people in the land are my true heroes! I take pleasure in them! Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods. I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood or even speak the names of their gods. Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance! I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. 10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. 11 You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.

[1] Romans 5:5 (NLT)

 

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Day One: Psalm 27 – Does God Want to Spend Time With Me?

Good morning and welcome to day one of 2020 Vision. Congratulations on making a great decision to embark on a new life lived in the presence of God.

 

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Introduction

We have purposed to seek our Father’s face, so how does He feel about this? Let’s see what the word of God has to say, but first, let’s go to the Lord in a word of prayer:

“Heavenly Father, I have come in both obedience, and desire, to seek your face. Too often I struggle with the guilt and shame of past mistakes. I struggle to believe that you, or anyone else who really knew me, could love me, let alone, want to spend time with me. Holy Spirit, give a revelation of the finished work of the cross as I learn to receive your love and acceptance; and help me to show that love to others. I ask this in the name and authority of your son Jesus Christ. Amen.“

Devotional

I'm reading from the amplified version today in the book of Psalms, chapter 27, starting in verse seven:

“hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious and compassionate to me and answer me. When you said, “seek my face [in prayer, require my presence as your greatest need],” my heart said to you, “your face, O Lord, I will seek [on the authority of your word].” Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my help; do not abandon me nor leave me, O God of my salvation! Although my father and mother have abandoned me, yet the Lord will take me up [adopt me as his child]."

So we see that not only does God desire to spend time us, but He goes so far as to command us to seek His face. He does so, not as an overbearing father orders his children about at his whim and pleasure, but instead, He knows that only in his presence are we going to walk in the full revelation of who we are through the finished work of the cross. Only in His presence can we escape the effects of this sin-damaged world. You and I are found perfect in the eyes of God. The wrath of God has been satisfied, and you have been made the righteousness of God through Jesus
Christ.1  

We are therefore free to seek His face without fear of rejection or the condemnation and shame of our past mistakes. As you’re reading Psalms 27 this morning, take it slowly, one verse at a time, as though you were enjoying a gourmet meal. Let the Holy Spirit illuminate the passages. Use your sanctified imagination to place yourself in this conversation with God. Furthermore, imagine God speaking these words directly to you. In your mind’s eye, see the love in his eyes and the smile on his face. Picture His delight that you have come to seek his face, his arms reaching out to you in love and acceptance.

Allow the presence of God to melt away the mountains that would stand in your way today.

Conclusion

Don't be discouraged if it takes you a while to get used to being still and sensing God’s presence. Stillness is one thing we as Americans don't do very well, we live very busy and noisy lives in comparison to our ancestors. In conclusion, I can assure you, that as you keep pressing, keep seeking, you will find Him, it’s His promise to you.2

 

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  1. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (AMP)
  2. 2 Matthew 7:7 (AMP)

 

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