Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 8.3.20

By August 3, 2020Daily Bread, The Gathering

Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.

I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”

Special thanks to Peggy Graff and her guests for providing this uplifting and inspiring addition to us in her Dog Days Duets series. I pray that these weekly selections will uplift your spirits and feed your soul as much as it does mine.

Today’s Scripture:

Psalm 104:31-34 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works—
32 who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke.
33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the Lord.

Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today

In this Psalm of praise the psalmist boldly and joyfully proclaims, “I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.”  It may well have been this Psalm which inspired the prolific hymnist Isaac Watts to write the hymn “I’ll Praise My Maker While I’ve Breath.”

  1. I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath;
    And when my voice is lost in death,
    Praise shall employ my nobler powers;
    My days of praise shall ne’er be past,
    While life and thought and being last,
    Or immortality endures.
  2. Happy they whose hopes rely
    On Israel’s God, Who made the sky
    And earth and seas with all their train:
    Whose truth forever stands secure;
    Who saves th’oppressed, Who feeds the poor,
    For none shall find God’s promise vain.
  3. The Lord pours eyesight on the blind;
    The Lord supports the fainting mind;
    And sends the laboring conscience peace;
    God helps the stranger in distress,
    The widow, and the fatherless,
    And grants the prisoner sweet release.
  4. He loves His saints, He knows them well,
    But turns the wicked down to hell;
    Thy God, O Zion! ever reigns:
    Let every tongue, let every age,
    In this exalted work engage;
    Praise Him in everlasting strains.
  5. I’ll praise my God Who lends me breath,
    And when my voice is lost in death,
    Praise shall employ my nobler powers;
    My days of praise shall ne’er be past,
    While life, and thought, and being last,
    Or immortality endures.

Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.

I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!

Grace and Peace,


Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

Here’s more about this passage of scripture via Upper Room devotionals:

KEEP SINGING!

The gift of song can draw me close to God and others.

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