When I am a wasteland, you are the water. When I am the winter, you are the fire that burns. When I am a long night, you are the sunrise. When I am a desert, you are the river that turns to find me. What have I done to deserve love like this?

from “Love Like This” by Lauren Daigle (2018)

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Those whose way is blameless— who walk in the Lord’s Instruction—are truly happy! Those who guard God’s laws are truly happy! They seek God with all their hearts. They don’t even do anything wrong! They walk in God’s ways.

Psalm 119:1-3

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22. 8. 176. Do these numbers mean anything to you? I know, you aren’t reading d365 to get tested, but if you do the math, 22 x 8 = 176. You’re welcome. Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, contains twenty-two sections, each consisting of eight verses, which equals – you guessed it – one hundred and seventy-six verses. Again, you’re welcome.

Here’s what’s cool, if we dust off our Hebrew. There are twenty-two letters in the Hebrew alphabet and there are twenty-two sections of this Psalm, and every verse in the first section begins with the Hebrew letter “Aleph”. The second section of eight verses all begin with the letter “Bet,” the third “Gimel,” the fourth “Dalet,” and so on, all the way through the whole Hebrew alphabet.

This means that sometime a few thousand years ago, there was someone so in love with the ways of God that they wrote all the way through the alphabet with their praises. How much must they have trusted God? Might we have that kind of love?

Byron Vance

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O God, that my verses of love toward you could run through the alphabet and run through my heart. Amen.

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So many things attempt to take priority in our lives. They each have their place.

Only one stands at the heart of things. Follow the voice of this One, our Lord, calling you today.

Byron Vance

Byron Vance is a United Methodist minister serving as Senior Pastor at the First United Methodist Church in Pell City, Alabama. He gets to share life with spouse Kelly, two teenage boys, a dog, a cat, and the occasional squirrel in the crawl space.

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