Daily Devotional: Psalms 141:5-10
5 Let a righteous man strike me--it is a kindness; let him rebuke me--it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it. Yet my prayer is ever against the deeds of evildoers; 6 their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs, and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken. 7 They will say, “As one plows and breaks up the earth, so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.” 8 But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge--do not give me over to death. 9 Keep me from the snares they have laid for me, from the traps set by evildoers. 10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.
1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
While watching college football on television the last few weeks, one of the things I have noticed is that there are several true freshmen playing in key positions this year. One of the comments made as a real compliment about some of these is how coachable they are. In order for them to progress and become really good they must be willing for their coaches to tell them what they are doing right but also what they are doing wrong and how to correct it.
If we are going to progress as Christians, we must be coachable. One reason God has given us his word is to reprove and rebuke us. While it is filled with words that encourage us and build us up, there are things that point out what is wrong. We are told to go to the word as we would look into a mirror and see our flaws and our mistakes and then correct them accordingly. God knows what is best and we are to follow his will in every part of our lives. Another part of almost every sport is to keep your eye on the ball or to remain focused on what is being done. As the people of God, we are to keep our eyes on Jesus and on heaven, our goal.
O Lord, my God, I thank you for your great love shown to me in so many ways that I cannot count them or even know all of them. I thank you for my family, both my physical family and my spiritual family. Thank you for revealing your will to me in your word. Help me have an open mind to see when I am wrong and to be willing to correct it. As I study your word, give me wisdom to understand what applies to me today and how to use it in my life. Help me always set a good example to lead others to you and to show them your love. I pray in the name of Jesus.