Daily Devotional: Psalms 109:27-31
27 Let them know that it is your hand, that you, O LORD, have done it. 28 They may curse, but you will bless; when they attack they will be put to shame, but your servant will rejoice. 29 My accusers will be clothed with disgrace and wrapped in shame as in a cloak. 30 With my mouth I will greatly extol the LORD; in the great throng I will praise him. 31 For he stands at the right hand of the needy one, to save his life from those who condemn him.
6 As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.” 7 The Jews insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.” 8 When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9 and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don't you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” 12 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”
Jesus made it clear that the honor and power belonged to God. Even when he faced the sentence of death, he said that God was in control. Peter said that Jesus trusted the Father to do what he had promised – to raise him from the grave. He had not doubt that God would keep his word. And he was raised to live forever.
We must not doubt God today. He is still in control and just as he raised Jesus from the grave, he can do all things as he sees best for us. There is no reason for the believer to fret or worry today. When we cast our burdens on him, he has promised to take care of them. When we pray, he has said he will hear and he will respond. When faced with trials, he has given his word that he will never allow more than we are able to bear but will provide a way of escape. God is in control.
O Lord God, my heavenly Father, I am so thankful that you are in control today because I see so much turmoil around me and so much uncertainty. Please be with the leaders of this country and the world that we can have peace and we can continue to have freedom to worship you. Please give this freedom to those who do not have it now. In the event that this is taken from me at some time, give me the courage to stand for you and be faithful to you. Give your strength and peace to those who are persecuted for you today. I pray in the name of Jesus.