Daily Devotional: Psalms 68:28-35
28 Summon your power, O God; show us your strength, O God, as you have done before. 29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings will bring you gifts. 30 Rebuke the beast among the reeds, the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations. Humbled, may it bring bars of silver. Scatter the nations who delight in war. 31 Envoys will come from Egypt; Cush will submit herself to God. 32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, Selah 33 to him who rides the ancient skies above, who thunders with mighty voice. 34 Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies. 35 You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!
1 Cor. 2:4-5 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.
Rom. 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
God has shown his power in many ways. Beginning with the creation of all things, God has demonstrated that his power knows no limits. What we call nature with the mighty displays of power, is only a small tool in his hand. He parted the waters of the Red Sea, he brought water from a rock, he opened the ground to swallow those who opposed him and he sent fire from heaven to kill some who were disobedient. The list goes on with things that we can but imagine.
Perhaps the greatest demonstration of the power of God is seen in his plan of redemption given in the gospel. Just when it seemed the devil had won the final victory with the crucifixion of Jesus, God raised him from the grave to live forever and to give eternal life to all who come to him in obedience to his gospel.
There is nothing that God has done that has been rejected and maligned more than his saving gospel but nothing demonstrates his wisdom more than this same gospel. This may be because the gospel demands faith on our part and then it also holds each of us responsible for our response with eternal consequences.
My Father in heaven, I thank you for your wisdom in providing Jesus as my Savior and also as my Lord. I stand in awe at your power from creation to the seemingly small things in my life today. Open my heart to your will, fill me with your Spirit and mold me into your image more each day. Lord, I want to be like Jesus but I see so many ways and times that I fail. Please forgive me and give me wisdom and your power to live for you. Use me to teach and encourage others in word and in my example. I humbly pray in the name of Jesus my Redeemer.