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Psalms: The Prayer Book of Jesus

April 21, 2015
Photo by Marcel Eisma

Photo by Marcel Eisma

Theme: Thirsting for God

Location: Along Hwy 26 between Seaside and Portland, OR

Slide notes: This is a potable water fountain along Hwy 26 between Seaside and Portland. It is not like anything I’ve seen anywhere else before. God shows up in the most unexpected ways, and you can see His works and blessing if you are in tune with His kingdom. This is Emily’s hand, thirsting for God.

The overall theme for the Psalm series is “living water”, aligning with the first Psalm in the series focusing on “thirsting for God”. Water is colorless, tasteless, and odorless. In many ways, water has always been taken for granted. But now with the droughts and pollution, our water supply is being threatened. We feel that is somewhat like our connection with God; our senses cannot detect it, we have always taken it for granted, but when we are in a spiritual drought in which our thinking is polluted by the temptations of the devil, the Spirit gets a new meaning, And of course there is the importance of water all throughout the Bible, including Noah, Moses, the woman at the water well, baptism, Jesus waking on water, Jesus turning water into wine, etc.

The Psalms are the “spiritual waters” that quench our thirst for God. The pictures also show the aspects of sand and the sky (Genesis 22:15-17 NIV – The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore.”)

Every week, there will be a question you can use to deepen your understanding of God, and strengthen your walk with Jesus. In the Psalms, we are reading the very same words that formed Jesus as He was studying them. Take a minute to read Psalms 42-43. Let the water in the picture of the fountain invite you to be refreshed by God’s word and Spirit.

 Question for this week: What are you thirsting for in life, and in your relationship with God?

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