Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Where Is Your Treasure?

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

24th October 2010

How hard is it to die when you have so much wealth?

People who lay up treasures on earth are daily moving away from their treasures as the day they die comes closer; to them death is loss.

But people who lay up treasures in heaven look forward to eternity; they are moving daily toward their treasures. To them, death is gain.

Those who spend their life moving away from their treasures have more and more reasons to despair. Those who spend their life moving toward their treasures have more and more reasons to rejoice.

Is the passing of time causing you and me to despair or rejoice?

In Psalm 116:15 it says, ‘Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints’.

In this Psalm the writer outlines some of the things that make our death precious in the sight of the Lord:

  1. Believe in Him. Know that He is listening and watching and respond in love.
    ‘I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy’. (V.1)
  2. Cry out to Him. Get used to talking to the Lord. Pour out your heart, your fears, and your worries - share them with Him.
    ‘Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live’. (V.2)
  3. Follow Him through your daily life. He is the Shepherd and we are His sheep.
    ‘that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living’. (V.9)
  4. Drink Him. He is our cup of salvation. We thirst and He alone satisfies. Let Him into your life to meet your deepest needs!
    ‘I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD’ (V.13)
  5. Obey Him. Do what He says. Give in and submit to Him.
    ‘I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people’. (V.14)
  6. Serve Him. Tell Him that you are His servant, say it aloud and offer yourself to Him.
    ‘O LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains’. (V.16)
  7. Thank Him. Think through all the many blessings and benefits the Lord has heaped upon you.
    ‘I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the LORD’. (V.17)
  8. Live for Him. From now on live for His glory, talk of His blessings, come into His presence, worship and adore Him.
    ‘I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the LORD—in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD’. (V.18-19)

Do your plans and priorities mirror what the Lord desires?

Where is your treasure?

God's kingdom has to be the reference point for us. We must see everything in the light of the kingdom, and be compelled to live not because we treasure no things, but because we treasure the right things.

Have a good week reflecting on the missionary martyr Jim Elliot's famous words,

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."

Pastor Barry

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