Daily Devotional: Psalms 3:1-4
1 O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him." Selah 3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. 4 To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
As a child I remember hearing stories about Jonah and how it is impossible to hide from God. No matter where we are and no matter how dark or secluded, God can see and knows what we are doing. While this is meant to warn us to always do what is right, the same principle brings us hope, joy and peace.
No matter where we are we can know that God not only sees us but is with us in all things. We may go to the heights of the earth or the depths of the sea and God is there to shield us and to take care of us. While we can choose to leave God and forsake him, as long as we are seeking to serve him, he will never forsake us. We can know there is nothing that can tear away the love of God in Christ. As his children, this love includes his continued forgiveness. In verse 32 he says: He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
No matter who is against us and how bad things seem in our lives, we can trust God to deliver us and use us to his glory. The difficult part is turning things over to him and letting him have control without our interference. God uses the most unlikely people and difficult situations to bring about his purpose.
O God, I thank you for your all seeing eye and your constant care. Thank you for the many times you have delivered me from the trials and temptations of this life and have used me to do your work. Help me learn from every mistake I make and trial I overcome to be closer to you and more like you. Give me a pliable heart to be molded into your image so I can be loving, kind, compassionate, gracious and forgiving. Keep me from my own stubbornness and seeking my own ego so I will give you all the glory in all things. I pray in the name of Jesus.