July 23

Psalm 138:1-5

“On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.” vs. 3

This psalmist was a man of faith…he believed that there were many gods but he had made worship of the Lord a part of his daily life. Wherever he was he would take time to turn toward the Jerusalem temple and offer his prayers of thanksgiving and praise. And he felt the benefits! Many people can echo the psalmist’s testimony.  They too have made daily prayer and meditation a part of their daily life and they know that their discipline makes a difference. Just as physical exercise keeps muscles toned and buff our contemplative exercises strengthen our souls. The Christ within is exposed and shines brightly for all to see. The joy of spiritual union with God colors our every encounter and brings frequent smiles to our faces. Not everyone will use the same rituals…they’ll be unique to our personalities and experience…but whatever we do, blessings will abound. We’ll get guidance on the journey and answers to our deepest questions. And we’re not the only ones! All around the world in a variety of religions people are turning to the Lord for spiritual awakening and direction. And one day all people will sing in praise of the one God. That was the psalmist’s dream and it’s a fitting prayer for us as well. The God who brought all things into existence will bring all things to completion. We don’t know the timetable…but it’s going to happen!

Thought for the Day: What increases my strength of soul?

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