Daily Devotional: Psalms 144:11-15
11 Deliver me and rescue me from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful. 12 Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace. 13 Our barns will be filled with every kind of provision. Our sheep will increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields; 14 our oxen will draw heavy loads. There will be no breaching of walls, no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets. 15 Blessed are the people of whom this is true; blessed are the people whose God is the LORD.
It is often amazing how when God reveals things to us, it is so profound and yet at the same time is said so simply that anyone can understand it. It may take a while for it to really “sink in” though we seem to grasp the meaning at the time. In these verses we see an example of this. When God blesses someone, he really blesses them. When God withholds his blessings, they dry up and when he sends his curses, they are destroyed. God doesn’t do anything partially or half way but when God acts there is no question about who did it.
One of our problems today is the same that Israel often faced and that is we do not open the doors of our barns so they can be filled. We sort of trust God. We partially serve him. We give him lip service and we go through the motions but our hearts are never given to him totally.
As I get older, I am more and more convinced that so many of the problems we face are because we try to tell God how it is instead of listening to him and just humbly following his word. This is true in our homes, in our churches and in our society in general. We want to call ourselves “Christian” but continue to follow our own ways and live as though there is no God and no consequences for the way we conduct our lives. God cares and God keeps his word. He has always blessed those who devote themselves to him and still does so today. He will turn his back on those who reject him and do not recognize him or give thanks to him as God; whether we do this in word or by our actions.
O God, my heavenly Father, I thank you for your love. I thank you that you can always be trusted. I know that I have failed to be all you want me to be in so many ways but I trust you to have forgiven me and to continue to forgiving me in Jesus Christ. Help me be more devoted to you, to your word and to living for you. Use me to serve others by the things I say and the way I live. Thank you for the many ways you have blessed me and help me never forget all comes from you. Give me wisdom to share your word with those who don’t know you. Help me love others and be all you want me to be in every way. I pray in the name of Jesus.