Starting the New Year Right – Part 2

In the last devotional I shared with you that during my devotional time I was pondering the question as to how to start this new school year off right. I work on a Child Study Team in a public High School. I am guessing all of us who are anticipating a new school year want very much to make it a good one.

In addition to Psalm 23, which we considered in part 1, the Lord had me considering Psalm 24. Here it is-
The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the waters.
Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive blessing from the LORD,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face. Selah
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
The LORD mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts,
He is the King of glory. Selah
(NKJV)

I would invite you to be still and meditate upon this Psalm. The Holy Spirit may have a very special message for you personally within the verses. For me, the Lord is calling me to submit my mind to Him each and every day. The thoughts of my mind are a mix of all kinds of things – good, bad, encouraging, discouraging, brave, fearful – what a mess it can be. But if each day I lift up my head, confess my sin and invite the King of Glory to come in…..well, I believe the thoughts of my mind will be far more fruitful.

Ladies, we are in the Hebrew month of Elul. I especially love this month, as it is the month that the Jewish people remember as the month “the King is in the field”. You see, because it was harvest time, the King came to his people. Dear ones, it is always a good month to approach the King of Kings. It is a good month to repent of sin and receive the mercy, grace and forgiveness of our amazing God. Allow His countenance to shine on you. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and invite the King of glory, the Lord of hosts, to come in.

Blessings,
Patricia L. Wenzel
WOC Graduate

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