Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotional: Psalms 18:25-29

Ps 18:25-29

25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless, 26 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd. 27 You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. 28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. 29 With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.

James 4:4-8

 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?   6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

A valuable lessons that is often overlooked in our studies of the Old Testament is humility toward God. Moses was prevented from going into the promised land because he took the honor for himself and failed to give God the glory. David was punished because he numbered the people to make himself feel good about his vast kingdom. Nebuchadnezzar was made to live as a wild beast and eat grass because of his pride. And many other lessons repeat this same theme.

Humility is important because it is true reliance on God, on his power and on his word. Humility is faith in action. When Israel arrived at Canaan and sent spies to look the land over, they failed to trust God and his promises and were thus not allowed to go into the land but rather died in the wilderness. They were looking at the enemies only through their own strengths and weaknesses instead of humbly putting their trust in God. God is always able to keep his word.

In our own lives, we must trust God and that means we show our faith by being as obedient to him as we possibly can. This means looking for ways to comply with his will instead of trying to find “loopholes” to avoid obedience. It means not making excuses but trusting God and relying on him in all things.

O Lord God, creator of all things; it is with humility I come before you today. You are all powerful and all wise so I ask you to strengthen my faith so I never doubt you or your word. Give me a heart of ready obedience and compliance to your will in my life. Give me wisdom to know how to put your will into practice on a daily basis. Use me to help others as they seek to serve you. Lord, there are those I have been praying for that have shown great improvement and I thank you for this. Others still need your help and healing. I pray in the name of Jesus.