Daily Devotional: Psalms 92:10-15
10 You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured upon me. 11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries; my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes. 12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; 13 planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, 15 proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
2 Peter 1:5-9
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.
How do we get these qualities in our lives? We are to make every effort to add each of them and then possess them as a part of our character. It all begins with faith in Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah which means we also believe in God as the Almighty God. Paul says we become righteous by the gospel. He then says that this is done by our faith from the beginning to the end. While all of these things are added with diligence to our faith, it is the Spirit of God dwelling in us that produces these as his work or his fruit in our lives.
But our hearts must be set on serving God, putting him and his righteousness first in our minds and our wills. It is then that the Spirit can work in us both to will and to do his good will. We are warned to not grieve the Spirit by our unwillingness to yield to his bidding. Even stronger, we are told not to quench the Spirit by not allowing him to do his work in us. The Lord is our Rock and we must yield to him.
O Lord, my Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth. You have made the heavens and the earth and you have made me to live here for a while. Thank you for all the opportunities you have given me and I ask you to help me not spurn a single one of them on my own desires. Empower me and motivate me to do your will in all things. Open my heart and my mind to allow your Spirit to work in me to become all you want me to be. Please continue to forgive me when I fail to be yours and put you first in all things. Help me practice what I attempt to teach others. Use me to serve you as I serve them. I pray in the name of Jesus.