This morning I was reading from the book of Psalms and and the book of Acts. I was struck by the passion of Paul and of the psalm writer. See what I mean below:
10 While we were staying there for several days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 He came to us and took Paul’s belt, bound his own feet and hands with it, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, “This is the way the Jews in Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’ ” 12 When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 21:10-13
1 As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? Psalms 42:1,2
It seems to me that both of these passages demonstrate the passion that we should have for following Christ and for living our lives for him. Paul was willing to die because of his belief, and the Psalm writer pours out his desire to know and be with God. I’m challenged. Do you and I share this same passion?
Until the next post…