November 18, 2021

The Fountain of All Blessing

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.
Psalm 42:1
The millennia have not been able to darken the golden glow of the immortal song that has come to us in Psalm 42. And with all the bitter estrangement from God that characterizes human life, the priests of art still unite with the redeemed of the Lord in giving the song of the deer that longs for the flowing streams a place which is far above every other lyric that voices the deep longing of the human heart after the fountain of all blessing. The passion that thrills in this psalm, the enthusiasm that breathes in this glorious song is striking. Our most blessed experience is to be near to God. And in the face of distraction and temptation, our fainting soul can turn away from the world and toward God, inasmuch as a voice whispers within that those who forsake God robs their own hearts of peace.
 Abraham Kuyper (alt.)

To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.
 Revelation 21:6
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you; so lead us by your Spirit that in this life we may live to your glory and in the life to come enjoy you for ever.
 based on Augustine of Hippo
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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