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Our hope is in God

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About the Author: Craig Olney and his wife Christy have been members of ZPC for over 15 years. Craig served on staff from 2004 – 2010 and has been involved in the Great Banquet and Kairos ministries. Christy has been involved in the Great Banquet and currently serves on the Mission Finance Team.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 65

By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.
Psalm 65:5.

As I was thinking about which psalm to write on, I thought about my two favorites, Psalm 23 and 46. I decided to search the devotionals and see if either one had been used. Much to my despair, Brian McCall had written on psalm 23 and Kurt Strueh wrote on 46:10. Both psalms are favorites of many and speak to this interesting time we are living in today.

My birthday is in April and so is my granddaughters (just 1 day apart). This is the only pandemic quarantine birthday either of us has experienced and hope it is the only one of this type we will ever experience. I am dealing with it much better than she is since I am trying not to count birthdays and she is so excited to be 4. I am disappointed we cannot be with her and hope this will be the only one we miss in years to come.

Hope is what brings us to today’s verse in Psalm 65. David writes this psalm of thanksgiving for all God has provided for his people and reminds us in verse 5 that God is our hope and salvation. This verse states “of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.” This part of the verse really struck me since the pandemic is worldwide. It has spread to the “ends of the earth and the farthest seas.” David had no idea how far he was talking about at this time, but he did know that his hope was in a God that was big enough and sovereign enough to provide whatever was needed. 

What about you? I assume your routine has been interrupted like all of us. How are you handling it? Are you anxious, fearful, scared, bored, or thankful, expectant, and happy? For some, this is a minor inconvenience, for others it is a major inconvenience, for some a catastrophe, for others deadly. We all grieve for those who are sick and dying but let us not forget from where our hope comes. We can rest in the knowledge that our hope is in the God who loves us and wants the best for us.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father,
Help us to continue to look to you for our hope and salvation. Remind us how much you love us and that you have always provided for us. Help us to look to you for strength and rest. Let us use this unique time to grow closer to you and use us to reach out to those who do not know you offer them the hope we have.
Amen

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In the presence of God

About this post: We want to stay connected! This blog post is part of a series of daily devotionals for this season. Read them, share them, and pray that they bring God's peace and love to our communities. To sign up to receive text notification of these posts, text ZPCDevo to 317.768.0600. We welcome your comments and questions each day. 

About the author: Cara Grimes and her husband Shawn have been members of ZPC for 6 years. We have a daughter, Olivia, who is almost 14 years old. About 13 years ago, we took a bold step and moved to Indiana from Hilton Head Island, SC and have been blessed during our time here. One of those blessings is our church family at ZPC. We love our church!

Today's Scripture: Psalm 16

You show me the path of life. In your presence there is a fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 (New Revised Standard Version) 

Recently at work, my team was asked to create a digital collage of “what fills your cup.” Over the course of a week, everyone on the team worked on their individual cup masterpieces and then we shared it on one of our team WebEx calls. Here is mine…and yes, that is the Tiger King on there. It is a guilty pleasure to watch.

My husband, daughter, other family members, friends, church, time outside, riding my bike, and thoughts of traveling at some point in time bring a smile to my face. The people are who I love with all my heart. The other cup fillers just make me happy.

Reflecting on Psalm 16:11, it is a beautiful verse displaying David’s confidence in God. I have to think from this verse that David’s cup is overflowing with the security of salvation and his “fill your cup” collage would show the joy of that security.

Looking back now, there are a couple of things that I would change on “my cup” with Psalm 16:11 in mind. This verse reminds me of the fullness of God and the wonderful truth that true joy can be had when we fully engage in God’s presence.

My ask today is to take time to reflect on how you are engaging in God’s presence. Also, think about things that fill your cup. Maybe even do a collage!

The poem below is a beautiful reflection on being in God’s Holy Presence.

In God’s Holy Presence

By Deborah Ann

In God’s holy presence,
there’s joy in its fullness
pleasures circulating
His everlasting goodness.

There is peace and hope,
a spreading of refreshing
an ongoing revolving
of life-changing blessings.

In God’s holy presence,
there’s mercy restoring
upon the Holy Spirit’s
heart filling outpouring.

There’s an internal calm,
an outgoing of favor
the ongoing flowing
of grace from a Savior.

In God’s holy presence,
here and above . . .
there’s an effortless flow
of steadfast love!

May God bless you all!

Cara Grimes

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