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we feast

We feast on the abundance of your house;
you give us drink from your
river of delights.
Psalm 36:8
 
 
~ Gracious God ~
Please show us how to feast on your abundance.
Please give us drinks from your river of delights.
In a time of fasting help us to grow closer to you
and to be more aware of your presence.
Help us to see this time not as a time of self-denial,
but as a time of celebrating you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen
 
 
Last year while I was fasting, I read an article by Leslie Royalty from  Christian Healing Ministries.  She introduced me to the idea of viewing a fast as a time to feast on the word of God.
~ Daniel Fast

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When they walk through the
 Valley of Weeping, 
They make it a place of springs…
Psalm 84:6
 
   
When I am in the kitchen, I enjoy listening to The Book of Psalms on CD.  I have found listening to the Psalms an easy way to imprint these words on my heart.  For the past two months, my favorite has been Psalm 84.  I find this Psalm especially comforting when I am going through the “valley of weeping.” 
 
 
How lovely is Your dwelling place,
       O Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints,
       for the courts of the Lord;
       my heart and my flesh cry out
       for the living God.

 Even the sparrow has found a home,
       and the swallow a nest for herself,
       where she may have her young—
       a place near Your altar,
       O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.

Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
       they are ever praising You. 

Blessed are those whose strength is in You,
       those who have set their hearts on finding You.

When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
       they make it a place of springs;
       the autumn rains also cover it with pools.

They go from strength to strength,
       till each appears before God in Zion.

Hear my prayer, O Lord God Almighty;
       listen to me, O God…

Better is one day in Your courts
       than a thousand elsewhere;
       I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
       than dwell in the homes of the wicked.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
       the Lord bestows favor and honor; 
       The Lord will withhold no good thing
       from those who do what is right.

 O Lord Almighty,
       You bless everyone who trusts in You.  

 Psalm 84

 

This is a combination of the New International Version, New Living Translation, and the Contemporary English Version.  I also made some minor changes, such as, “set their hearts on pilgrimage” was changed to “set their hearts on finding You” (verse 5). 

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Permanent Address

Sara Redeemed
House of the Lord
Kingdom of God
 
One thing I ask of the Lord,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him….
Psalm 27:4
 
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23:6
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Since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith….Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:21-23
 
In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.  In your strength you will guide them to your
holy dwelling.
Exodus 15:13

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about Psalm 36:8-9

What is the abundance of God’s house?  Before and after Psalm 36:8-9 (see previous post) God’s love is mentioned so I think a big part of the abundance is His love.  Since this summer I have been listening to the book of Psalms.  A recurring theme is God’s unfailing love and faithfulness. 
 
So how does one feast on His love? 
 
How priceless is your unfailing love.  Psalm 36:7

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Psalm 36:8-9

 We feast on the abundance
of Your house;
 You give us drink
from Your river of delights.
For with You
is the fountain of life;
in Your light we see light.
 
 

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