Daily Devotional: Psalms 72:1-7
1 Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. 2 He will judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice. 3 The mountains will bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness. 4 He will defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; he will crush the oppressor. 5 He will endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations. 6 He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth. 7 In his days the righteous will flourish; prosperity will abound till the moon is no more.
1 Tim 2:1-5
1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone- 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
As we approach Thanksgiving Day in our country, we need to be reminded what a blessing it is to live in a nation that is willing to set aside a day from work and the normal routines to give thanks to the God of heaven. We need to give thanks for the many freedoms we enjoy and especially the freedom to worship God without wondering every moment if we will be invaded by government officials and then be tortured or killed for our faith. We must thank God we can study his word and worship him as we best understand his revelation to teach us to do.
In the biography of John Calvin the story is told of the persecutions by the French government toward those who would read the Bible and teach anything contrary to the traditions of the official religion. On one occasion, the officials invaded his apartment and found the proof they needed to convict him; they found Bibles on his desk and writings saying the Bible should be put ahead of their traditions.
So as we live each day in the quietness and the peacefulness of our nation, let’s use every opportunity to tell others about Jesus and his saving gospel. We are blessed with the freedom to do so and we need to take advantage of it.
Heavenly Father, I am so thankful that you allowed me to be born into a family in this country and in the age where I have not had to face the persecutions that so many have had to face over the ages. Thank you for parents who taught me to respect the government officials of our land, even when I don’t agree with their policies. Thank you for all those who have been a part of my life and have taught me to respect you as God and to respect the Bible as your inerrant revelation to mankind. Thank you for Jesus who died for my sin. In his name I pray.