Morning
June 15

1 Kings 8:59-61 (NIV) 59And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day's need, 60so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other. 61But your hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time."


Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the temple is worth taking time to study. The end of that prayer is our Scripture today. He asks that this prayer be continually before the LORD and to uphold their cause. The reason he is bold enough to ask this is verse 60,so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other. This was God's heart. If Israel would truly live in relationship with God, then the world would receive the witness of God's faithfulness and love. The world would know there is no other god. That was God's intention in forming Israel as a nation, to witness to the world the blessing of obedience and worship of the one true God.

BUT, there is always a condition. That is because we are creatures with a free will. BUT, your hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God. It is the same today. You are the only bible that many will read. God will hear your prayer and uphold your cause, BUT your heart must be fully committed to Him. If people look to you as a person in relationship with God but your walk does not match your talk, they will be misled. But if you are fully committed, even with your mistakes, they will see an example. The eyes of Israel had been on David when he fell, but because his heart was fully committed, they saw an example of conviction and repentance. They saw a humbled man.

Consider: Is there room for any other loyalty in your heart, or are you FULLY committed? If at this time you are fully committed, see that you stay that way. Then you can know that the LORD will hear your prayer and uphold your cause.


Evening
June 15

John 7:37-39 (NIV) 37On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." 39By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.


The Feast of Tabernacles was the most popular feast of the Jews. They built makeshift shelters all around Jerusalem in which they stayed during that week. Each day the High Priest would go to the pool of Siloam and bring back a pitcher of water to the altar. The people sang the Hallel Psalms accompanied by the Levitical choir and flutes. They marched around the altar holding palm branches extended over it. At certain points in the psalms, they stopped to wave the branches and give shouts of praise. The priest poured out the water as a drink offering, reminding them of God's provision of water in the wilderness. It was also a prayer for rain for their crops. On the last day of the feast, they marched around the altar seven times, a reminder of the march around Jericho.

It was probably after this dramatic conclusion of the ceremony, as the shouts of praise died down, that Jesus' voice rang out. "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." It must have stopped everyone in their tracks. Jesus was saying that the physical water was a good thing to be thankful for, but He was bringing the spiritual water for thirsty souls. After His ascension He would be pouring out living water, the Holy Spirit, to all who would come to Him.

The Spirit of God indwelling us is the great ideological difference from all other religious ideas. Some religions had blood atonement. Some had a Savior whose words were supposedly a revelation from God. Christianity is unique in that this God claimed to indwell them with His presence. The great thirst in the heart of man is only slaked by this indwelling presence of the Living God.

Consider: Has your thirst been quenched with His presence?