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::Devotional:: ‘There is the sea’

June 29, 2010

My wife and I have just returned from a week’s vacation at the beach and it was an answered prayer for rest and relaxation.  I feel like we’ve been going 100 mph ever since we got married two years ago.  It was great having nothing more to do than simply sit on the beach each day.  Each morning as we strolled out to the beach we were greeted with the vast expanse of the ocean.  There’s something about looking out into something that large that just draws me into the awe of the Lord.

During my morning devotions at the beach I came across a beautiful poem in the scriptures of Psalm 104 that I’d like to share with you this morning.

25 There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number– living things both large and small. 26 There the ships go to and fro, and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there. 27 These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time. 28 When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. 29When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust. 30 When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth.31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works–Psalm 104:25-31

The glory of the Lord is more vast than the seas of the earth, more of an expanse than the far reaching edges of the universe, and yet He calls it forth from the lives of every believer each morning.  You and I are here today, saved sinners, redeemed rebels, to bring glory to the Lord.  What an honor.  What an opportunity.  What an amazing God!

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

Take a desktop vacation for a few minutes and enjoy one of my favorite songs this morning.  Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding is a great song and one that I think wraps up this mornings devotion quite nicely.  Enjoy!

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