Psalm 19:1-9 (NIV)

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.  3 There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.  4 Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,  5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat. 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.  8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.  9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.   

Psalm 121:1-2(NIV)

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills– where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.   

DEVOTION – William David Willis (New South Wales, Australia)

One evening while on holiday, we went to an outdoor entertainment event, which culminated with our standing in darkness under a magnificent canopy of trees.  We were told to close our eyes just for a moment and then to look up.  When we opened our eyes, we found that hundreds of lights had been strung among the branches – quite an enchanting sight!

As we drove back to our accommodations through an area with no lights, we looked up to see that the whole sky was covered with brilliant stars – a sight which far exceeded the artificial light display we had seen earlier.

At all times, but especially when we are in need of comfort and assurance, it is important to lift our eyes and look beyond the cares and concerns of our earthly life that can cloud our vision.  As we do, we realize that we are in the hands of the great God of the universe.  God is no distant figure, as Jesus revealed, but is here with us, sharing our lives and walking with us each day.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s love shines through our cares and concerns.

PRAYER:Gracious God, in every situation of our lives help us to be aware of your nearness and your love reaching out to us.  Amen,

PRAYER FOCUS: PEOPLE ON VACTION

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