Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 4.8.22

By April 8, 2022Daily Bread

Good morning!

I hope this day finds you and your family well. I invite you to take a few moments with me to read and reflect upon today’s scripture selection — and to carry these thoughts with you into your day.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 63:1-7

O God, you are my God, I seek you,
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on your name.

My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,[a]
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
when I think of you on my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.

 

Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today

In Psalm 63, which is entitled “A Psalm of David, when he was in the Judean Desert,” the psalmist speaks of the soul’s hunger and thirst — and the rich feast that feeds the soul.

To consider salvation as a banquet symbolizes the nourishment of our spirits: salvation is satisfaction of the hunger and thirst we have for God and for meaning and purpose in our lives.

Salvation as a banquet also speaks to reconciliation with God and with one another.  It’s no surprise the central sacrament for us, Holy Communion, is at the table. When you sit down at the table with someone you are, in Biblical terms, reconciled to that person.

When Psalm 23 says, “You’ve prepared a table before me in the presence of my enemies” that’s all about reconciliation.

In the communion ritual, we speak of “feasting at His heavenly banquet.”  This is another image of heaven and fellowship with God and those who have gone before us.

Our deepest need is not for the things God provides; our deepest need is for God — the one who really quenches our thirst and satisfies our hunger. When we come to the Lord’s Table to commune together, we take these symbols of Christ’s body and blood into our bodies and remember in a tangible way that until we are fed by Jesus Christ, we will not be satisfied.

Writer Nancy Mairs writes about what communion came to mean to her when she came to her present church during a serious illness without having experienced conversion:

“The model I experienced [at that church] was one of inclusion rather than exclusion. Instead of being denied communion unless I converted, I was given communion until I felt strong enough to convert. The nourishing quality of the eucharist, freely offered to anyone who’s famished, has always been a central metaphor for me. I don’t partake because I’m a good [Christian], holy and pious and sleek. I partake because I am a bad [Christian] riddled by doubt and anxiety and anger, fainting from severe hypoglycemia of the soul. I need food.” (Mairs, Nancy. Ordinary Time (Beacon). Quoted by Martin Marty in Context, March 15, 1994)

 

Hymn: “O Food to Pilgrims Given”

attributed to Thomas Aquinas, translated by Athelstan Riley (1906)

O food to pilgrims given,
O bread of life from heaven,
O manna from on high!
We hunger; Lord, supply us,
nor thy delights deny us,
whose hearts to thee draw nigh.

O stream of love past telling,
O purest fountain, welling
from out the Saviour’s side!
We faint with thirst; revive us,
of thine abundance give us,
and all we need provide.

O Jesus, by thee bidden,
we here adore thee, hidden
in forms of bread and wine.
Grant, when the veil is riven,
we may behold, in heaven,
thy countenance divine.

Thank you for sharing this moment of your day with me, with God, and with these reflections on a portion of scripture.  I hope you will carry these with you throughout your day and night.

Grace and Peace,


Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

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