Thursday, January 21, 2021

Never Forsaken

Their first child was about to be born. The expectant father was standing by the soon-to-be mother when the nurse came into the room and said, “O.K. Time to leave. We’re taking her to the delivery room.” 

“Not without me,” he said defiantly. 

“Oh yes, we are,” she said as she tried to push him out of the way. 

Suddenly, he pulled a pair of handcuffs from his pocket and snapped one end to the gurney and the other to his arm. Unprepared for such an event, in their state of confusion, they wheeled him into the delivery room, too. 

His wife looked at him with compassion and said, “I knew you’d never leave me.” 

The presence of a loved one in times of uncertainty and insecurity can be much more than comforting. They can be essential for maintaining one’s sanity. 

No doubt David had this in mind when he wrote, “For You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.” 

God will never forsake us when we face the dangers of life. One evening, a powerful storm arose without any warning. High waves sent the small boat high into the air before it came crashing down. Water was sweeping over the sides, and it was about to sink. “Don’t You care?” cried the disciples. “We are about to drown!” 

“Quiet down,” said Jesus. And the turbulent seas and pounding hearts of the disciples both became as peaceful as a sleeping baby in the arms of its mother. 

“I’ll never leave you nor forsake you,” said Jesus.  

Prayer:  Thank You, Lord, for the power in Your words and the promise of Your presence when life threatens us. Increase our faith in the storms of life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture For Today:  And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:10

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The Signs Of A Grateful Heart

An attitude of gratitude is always obvious to those around us. If we are grateful for what God has done for us and given to us, others will see our gratitude for His goodness and gifts in everything we do. David gave us a fourfold formula for gratitude to follow.  

“I will thank You, Lord, with all my heart.” The thanksgiving he describes is total and consumed all of his being – his entire self. The word he used for heart would include his awareness of God’s presence, his memory of God's goodness, and his understanding of God’s grace. He worshiped God with excitement, enthusiasm, and expectation.  

“I will tell all of the marvelous things You have done.” Marvelous comes from a word that means “extraordinary, not to be surpassed by anyone and always wonderous!” He is so overwhelmed by God’s blessings on his life that he wants everyone to hear about it.  

“I will be filled with joy!” Joy is the natural state of the one who trusts in the Lord. Knowing that “all things are working together for our good” should cause His joy to radiate from our hearts into our heads and out through our hands. Everything we do should be done with a smile on our face and gladness in our eyes.  

“I will sing praises to Your Name, O Most High.” Notice that there is only one letter different between the word “sin” and “sing” – the letter “g” – that stands for God. When we give up sin for the Savior, God gives us a new song to sing. It is a song about the Savior who loves us, gave Himself for us, is present in us, and cares deeply for us.  

Prayer: Lord, we rejoice in the goodness and grace of Your salvation. May we always have a grateful heart and show it to others willingly. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.  

Scripture For Today:  I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:2 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Inconceivable

During the rule of the Roman Empire, each penny was stamped with the image of the Roman Emperor. Anyone who used that coin was expected to obey his laws. 

When God created Adam, He implanted His image in and on him. God did not use a penny to remind people who they were to obey, but a Person. And beginning with Adam, each of us has had His image on us and in us. We are expected to enjoy Him and glorify Him and honor Him at all times and in all circumstances. A reasonable expectation for His children. 

In Psalm 8:6 we are reminded of the power of that stamp. “You,” wrote the Psalmist, “made him ruler over the works of Your hands; You put everything under his feet.” The simplicity and majesty of that single, simple verse are staggering! 

The word “ruler” means “lordship.” As the “crown” of God’s creation, we are the “lords” of His creation and are to use the gifts and talents He has given us to be masters of everything He created - everything that we see today or ever will be found in the universe. 

But, unfortunately, Adam chose not to follow God’s directions. As a result of Adam’s choice, man and God’s entire creation became corrupted by sin. Fortunately, the story does not end there! 

When we repent of our sins and turn our lives over to the Lord, this “Lordship” returns. Once again, we become His subjects and are responsible “to bear” His image in our behavior and leave His “stamp” on everything we do. All things become new again.  

Prayer:  Help us, Father, to live as You planned for us to live - as lords of Your creation may we honor and glorify Your name in all we do. In Jesus’s Name. AMEN! 

Scripture For Today: You made him ruler over the works of Your hands; You put everything under his feet. Psalm 8:6 

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Monday, January 18, 2021

The Greatness of God

Martin Luther once wrote to a friend, “Your thoughts of God are too human!” That certainly was not true of David. 

David saw the greatness of God and the glory of His creation: “O Lord, our Lord the majesty of Your name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens!” Perhaps he was thinking about the time when there was nothing and no one but God. Perhaps he was allowing his mind to wander and entertain the idea that God chose to make Himself known to man. It may have been that David was “awe-struck” to think of the possibility that he could actually communicate with God or get His attention by calling on Him.  

And he continues His thoughts about the greatness of God when he writes of His “majesty and glory” – the power that He has over the heavens, the earth, and all that is in and on the planet. Nothing, thought David, is beyond Him. 

Notice two very important things: David begins with “O Lord” – describing his personal relationship with God. He knew that by “speaking” His name he would get God’s attention. How impressive is that! This powerful God is present with him at that moment and is personally concerned about him and will respond to him if he calls upon him. And this is just the beginning. 

Notice that “O Lord” is followed by “Our Lord” which includes all of us. God, speaking through David, wants us to know that He, this “majestic” God, is always thinking about us, watching over us, concerned about us, and willing, waiting, wanting, and able to save and help us. 

Prayer: O Lord, Our Lord, how humbling it is to know that You, our Creator, are also our Redeemer, our Comforter, our Companion, and our Source of life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture For Today: O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. Psalm 8:1 

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Life's Boomerangs

The aborigines are given credit for being the first tribe to develop boomerangs. Although there are many different types and varieties of boomerangs, most of us are familiar with what is called the “returning boomerang.” Shaped like a bent arm, when properly thrown, it will return to the one who threw it. Initially, they were used for hunting and war. Now, for many, they have become a recreational object. 

David made an interesting observation about life’s boomerangs: “The trouble he causes recoils on himself, his violence comes down on his own head.” Not a pleasant thought for the one who wanted or intended to harm another person. 

Remember Haman? He was a conceited and corrupt prime minister. He is a great example of how life can “boomerang.” 

Haman was determined to destroy every Jew in Persia, especially Mordecai. But when Mordecai and his people heard of this diabolical plot, they called upon the Lord for His help. Esther, the queen, decided to give a party and invited Haman to join her and the king. He was elated! His heart swelled with pride! He thought he had it made!  

While enjoying the festivities, Queen Esther stood before the king and exposed Haman and his plot. What he had planned for Mordecai “boomeranged.” By nightfall, Haman was hanging on the seventy-five-foot gallows that he had built for Mordecai. No one came to his funeral. In fact, no one liked Haman, except Haman. 

Paul said: “The man who sows to please his sinful nature will reap destruction.” 

Prayer:  Help us, Father, to understand and accept the simple fact that whatever we sow, we will certainly reap. Give us pure thoughts and helpful motives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Scripture For Today: The trouble they make for others backfires on them. The violence they plan falls on their own heads. Psalm 7:16 

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