January 16

Psalm 36:8-9

“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” vs. 9

For the material minded life in this world can be pretty dismal. Pleasure is connected to accumulation and success is measured by financial portfolios. There’s a game to be played and massive energies are exerted to be on the winning side. Little attention is paid to compassion or service…everything depends on power and domination. The law of the jungle prevails and the strong devour the weak. The psalmist knew that world and rejected its values in favor of a vision centered on the all-encompassing presence of God. He proclaimed that beyond the world our senses report there exists another realm, one that he knew as the dwelling place of the Lord. The psalmist spoke the truth and those who take time to exercise the powers of the spirit understand his words. They know beyond a doubt that with God is found the fountain of life. In God their spirits soar and the joy and wonder of creation explodes. They find pleasure in the moment and know that there’s more to living than simply existing. Their highest value is compassion rooted in the mind-blowing steadfast love of our Lord and modeled in the Way walked by Jesus. Among them there is no darkness at all, for their journey is lit by the eternal light that shines from the face of God.

Thought for the Day: How can I exercise the power of my spirit?

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