Psalm 85

In Psalm 85, the returned exiles are wondering if God will ever restore the land He gave them many generations ago. For them, peace with God is through His favor towards them which includes having plenty of food through a good harvest and by meeting their physical and mental needs.

Today, Jesus our Intercessor has restored God’s favor so that our physical and mental needs can be met through prayer and by listening for direction. When I look back on experiences in my life, the times I have felt most blessed is when there was a true sense of calling or purpose. I felt called about seven years ago to be a part of my church’s media team; running the computer that displays words and pictures on screens during our worship service. There is an inner peace in knowing you are doing what God wants you to do and this leads to less stress.

Another part of the media team at my church is the sermon Podcast. One message I’ve received in a sermon is that to survive turbulent times, we need to invest in our mental and physical body because that is where Christ lives. Similar to a physical workout, we build muscles of faith when we study God’s word, pray, and listen for direction from the Holy Spirit. For more inspiring thoughts, visit at this link: Sermon Podcast.

I encourage you today to start it with prayer. No matter what happens in life, God loves you and that is all that matters. Click on this piano piece: In The Garden: Norm Hastings, Piano.  While listening, reflect on today’s reading. What lesson is God teaching? Think about what you may pray for today. Is there a plan of action God is giving you today? Then spend some time with God in prayer.

There’s no such thing as a trouble free life on earth but there can be inner peace in our struggles; a life full of meaning and infused with purpose. Keep holding onto the promise of abundant eternal life through God’s Son. This Day with Him will be amazing so please share amazing moments by responding with a short note.

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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8 Responses to Psalm 85

  1. zzzisle says:

    yes trials will come but with jesus, we can have the strength to overcome.

  2. Mark Shields says:

    Thanks for your response. Enjoyed reading your blog.

  3. Noel Williams says:

    Excellent post mark! Jesus fill the gap between us and God. The bridge He built is permanent. Thanks a lot for sharing. God bless.

  4. Jackie Paulson says:

    http://getreadingnow.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/spiritwars/#respond
    It is in Christ we are complete, and we are to glorify HIM daily.
    I always tell others it’s wonderful to find a church home and if you don’t have a current one, the church is the People not the building and we are to build up people not tear them down. And, I moved like six times in three years due to jobs, layoffs, what have you, and just finally got settled and now can seek a church home. Otherwise I am online for church.

    • Mark Shields says:

      Thanks for your comment Jackie. You are so right. My Pastor gave a message today on what the church is; that it is not a place but a gathering of people who share about God’s Word.

  5. Paul says:

    Hi Mark, yes that inner peace comes from being in God’s place and will, and like you said its having that sense of purpose in our lives which is important.
    On another matter, I came to Waco back in the 90s as a missionary to US, called there as a kid of 8 years of age. Althought im back in Wales, UK for a time, Waco was and still is heavily on my heart.
    May God use you to shake and awake your city.
    Paul.

    • Mark Shields says:

      Thanks Paul for your response. Keep coming back. We started a sermon series at my local church in Waco last Sunday called “The Church” and I’ll be posting once a week with some thoughts.

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