Daily Devotional: Psalms 119:25-32
Ps 119:25-32 Daleth
25 I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. 26 I recounted my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees. 27 Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders. 28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. 29 Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law. 30 I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. 31 I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD; do not let me be put to shame. 32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
It is difficult (if not impossible) for most of us to even imagine the early life of David as he fled from Saul, living in caves, mountains and in the wilderness. Each new day brought another day of escape from the king and his army. Each day was living in the knowledge that he had done nothing wrong but had only sought what would please God and what was best for King Saul. Because the king had become so wicked at heart, David had been separated from his best friend Jonathan as well as his wife, his parents, his brothers and their families.
In all of this, he never lost his faith in God and never quit seeking to do his will. His first desire was to know the law of the Lord and to live it in his life. Even as the apostle Paul, he faced new trials each day but never quit trusting God to take care of him and to provide his daily needs.
We will face trials in our lives that we will not always be able to understand. We may feel we are being treated unfairly when seeking to do the will of God. But when we die to sin and live for God, we can live in the assurance that God is with us and will always take care of us. Best of all, we can know that when this life is over we will have a home with him and his Son in eternal glory.
O Lord God, I thank you for all you have given me in my life. I do not deserve to be treated so kindly because I have failed to be all you want me to become. Guard my thoughts, my mouth and my actions that I might always bring glory to you and not be selfish or self-willed. Help me to be kind toward others and never hateful, loving, compassionate and forgiving instead of being judgmental. Use me to help others be all you want them to be also. I pray in the name of Jesus.