Daily Devotional: Psalms 71:14-18
14 But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. 15 My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. 16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone. 17 Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. 18 Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.
2 Tim 3:14-16
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
When we measure God with our mortal minds, we come up with a lot of what seems to be contradictions. It is only natural that we confine his power, his wisdom, his goodness and his justice with our own limitations but these do not fit when applied to God. The greatest minds of the ages have spent their entire existence seeking to understand small fragments of this world and our universe with all the intricacies that make it up but have only scratched the surface. Yet God devised it all in his mind and then spoke it into existence from nothing.
But this mighty God whose power is unlimited made mankind to live with him in eternity. When we rejected him and his fellowship, he has made it possible for his divine justice to be met and our fellowship to be restored. Since the only just pay-back for sin is death, he gave his beloved, one of a kind Son to live as one of us without sin and then offer that perfect life for our sin.
How can our mortal minds grasp his love? How can we accept that this God who knows no bounds can actually care about us – but not just care – actually love us? We accept it, believe it and give ourselves to him by faith. Why would we not trust him who has already done so much for us? So when we draw near to God, he draws closer to us and we have no need for worry in this life.
O Lord God, giver of life and creator of all the universe, I am so thankful for your wisdom and your mighty power but even more so for your love for me. I know I have failed you in more ways than I can possibly count so I am ever grateful for your forgiveness. Endow me with the wisdom from above and empower me with the strength only you can give. As your Spirit lives in me, help me open my heart to his work so I will become more like you in my heart, my mind and my life. Use me to reach others with your saving grace. I pray in the name of Jesus.