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October 6, 2012 -- Issue #32 - Volume 13


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Devotional: Stressed Out? Look Up!

My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up. Psalm 5:3 (KJV)

The Hebrew word for “look” is “tsaphah” (tsaw-faw). It means to lean forward, to peer into the distance, to observe, await, look up, wait for, or keep the watch. The Orthodox Jewish Bible translates “look up” as “wait for an answer.” The New International Version translates the phrase as “wait expectantly.” And the Common English Bible says, “. . .In the morning I lay it all out before you. Then I wait expectantly.” These translations help us understand what it means to look up when we’re afraid, anxious, or stressed out. 

The story of Peter walking on water, from Matthew 14:22-33, also reminds us to look up. Jesus had gone to pray on a mountainside, while the disciples went out in their boat far from shore. Then, just before dawn (while it was still dark, which made it more frightening), Jesus walked out on the water to his disciples. To say that he startled them is an understatement; they thought he was a ghost! But Peter, being the bold-kind-of-guy that he was, asked Jesus to prove it was really him. . .

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