Wednesday, July 4th


Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka, 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. - Psalm 84:5-7

Dear Jesus, the guy who wrote these words for the ancient sons of Korah, was telling us that people lived happy and secure lives (blessed) when they took pilgrimages to your ancient temple to find strength in your word and grace. I have found that same blessed experience whenever I choose meditating on your word and grace as the top priority of my life. As my devotional life goes, so goes my life. But, when I go looking for strength in other things or people, I quickly grow empty, disappointed, and grouchy. Everyone around me pays the price when I'm not finding my strength and value in you. Please, give me the optimism to believe that your word is so great that if I will but spend a little time in it every day, that it will be the medicine that cleans out the spiritual cholesterol coursing through my soul.


The word of God is the only heart healthy diet for the inner being.

Additional Reading: Psalm 1, Psalm 19, Psalm 119, Psalm 139