They feast on the abundance of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your delights. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light. Psalm 36:8-9
I am in earlier stages of studying through the Gospels chronologically. As I embarked on this, I prayed that God would do a fresh work in me, that He would surprise me new things as I took another walk through the life of Jesus. I love the song by Meredith Andrews, “The Gospel Changes Everything,” with some of some of its words:
The Gospel changes everything, the turning point in history, even now it’s changing me from who I was; The story of my Savior calls me to the wonder of the cross, The Gospel changes everything and it is changing me…
Jesus changes everything, there is no greater mystery, that God would come to rescue me from who I was; The kindness of my Savior calls me to the wonder of His love; Jesus changes everything, and He is changing me!
I was pleasantly surprised this last week as I felt God answer my prayer, bubbling up within me. I have been setting my alarm an hour earlier to spend more time with Him in the mornings, and quite often lately as I’m going through the Gospels He just puts things on my heart. I was at our State capitol this last week to receive an award for our school.
The small group that I was with was walking to dinner the evening before and there was a gentleman talking loudly to himself on the street corner. He caught my attention. As I was eating, I had way more food than I needed and God brought the man to mind. I stopped eating and asked for a to-go box. I told my party that I hoped the man would be there on our walk back to the hotel. They too had extra food and I thought they might follow suit, but didn’t. But they did help watch for the man as we walked.
I couldn’t spot him and I was dashed. But as I looked, there came another street person, a woman. I stopped her, touched her gently on the shoulder, and asked if she would like some food. She smiled broadly, took it and said, “Have a blessed evening.” I walked away so happy inside, knowing that this was something that bubbled up from what I had just read from the Sermon on the Mount that morning.
God had put it on my heart, and the joy I experienced was from the river of God’s delights. The neat thing is that God doesn’t just give us water, He establishes in us a fountain of living water that bubbles up from within. I don’t have to conjure this up, or vow each day to “be a nicer person,” He does it through me as I drink deep from Him.
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