Daily Devotional: Psalms 72:8-11
8 He will rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. 9 The desert tribes will bow before him and his enemies will lick the dust. 10 The kings of Tarshish and of distant shores will bring tribute to him; the kings of Sheba and Seba will present him gifts. 11 All kings will bow down to him and all nations will serve him.
12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
I am old fashioned! In the home where I was raised we made a really big deal about Thanksgiving. It was the time of year when I could see most of my cousins on my father’s side of the family. Thanksgiving Day floods my mind with a world of memories – food and then playing football with my siblings and cousins.
After this was all over, we began to think about, talk about and prepare for Christmas. Consequently, I still don’t want to even think about Christmas until at least Friday after Thanksgiving. I don’t want to hear the music, see decorations or Christmas trees until it is the proper time. However, in our modern society the stores start pushing it on us earlier and earlier each year. It seems that as soon as we get over the Fourth of July, it is Christmas! This is ridiculous.
It dawned on me this morning that no matter what the day or season, we need to be thankful for all we have been given in this life. Most of all we have the privilege of being the children of God, knowing his love and kindness and being recipients of his marvelous grace. It would be horrible indeed to live with no real purpose or meaning in this life. What would be even worse would be to live for myself but know deep down that my life would lead to eternal destruction away from the presence of our Lord. In Jesus I can live every day with the assurance he is with me and in me now and then when this life is over, my hope becomes reality.
Thank you Lord for showing your love for me by giving your Son to die for my sin so I can live with you in eternity. Thank you for taking care of me each day as I face the trials of life. I do have to confess that at times I get confused by all that happens to me and around me so I get discouraged and even depressed but then I remember all you have done and are doing for me and I give you thanks instead of feeling sorry for myself. Help me show my thanks to you and my love for you by being kind to others and sharing your word with them. Be with our nation that we may have peace. I pray in the name of Jesus my Savior and my Lord.