Daily Devotional: Psalms 69:30-36
30 I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. 31 This will please the LORD more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hoofs. 32 The poor will see and be glad--you who seek God, may your hearts live! 33 The LORD hears the needy and does not despise his captive people. 34 Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and all that move in them, 35 for God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah. Then people will settle there and possess it; 36 the children of his servants will inherit it, and those who love his name will dwell there.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ-to the glory and praise of God.
We serve a God who loves us more than we can imagine. Most of us have heard this so much that it really doesn’t mean to us what it should. Many of us have been raised and lived our entire lives in and around families that love God and seek to do his will. Too many (including me) at times take it for granted that everyone knows about the love of God and knows about his wonderful salvation that is offered to all through Jesus, his Son and our Redeemer.
When we really let it sink into our hearts and minds what it means to be lost in sin and to deserve to be punished by the God of the universe in a hell that was not made for mankind but for the devil and his angels; we should be stricken with fear and dread. We have all been warned by God and still sinned against him (because anything we have ever done against his will is sin) so his sentence of punishment for us is fair and is just. To make this even worse, there is nothing we can do by ourselves to restore this fellowship that has been lost by our sin.
Enter the love of God! He loved us while we were his enemies and when we were helpless, he sent his Son to die for our sin. So when we come to Jesus in faith, turn from our sin and we are baptized into him, we have our sins forgiven. This is the gift of God by his inexplicable grace so we can live with him in eternity.
Thank you God for your love shown to me in Jesus. I ask you to fill me with your Spirit so your love will be made complete in my life and I will love you above all else and will love those around me, even as I love myself. Keep me from ever allowing your wonderful proclamation of salvation from losing its power in my life but rather may your grace always motivate me to live for you. Help me be more like you each day. Use me to serve others. I pray in the name of Jesus.