Daily Devotional: Psalms 3:1-8
1 O LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him." Selah 3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. 4 To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. Selah 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. 6 I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side. 7 Arise, O LORD! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. 8 From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Selah
16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
When we belong to God in Jesus Christ, we have nothing to fear in this world or the world to come. Paul tells us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. James says that God gives more grace to those who are his. When we walk in the light of God, we are continually cleansed from all sin.
Jesus promised that when we put the kingdom of God and his righteousness first in our lives, he will make sure we have all the material things we need on a daily basis. He does not promise to grant us every wish or give us every whim but the necessities of life will be provided by a loving heavenly Father. With these things in mind, we have no need to worry about anything. Instead of worry, we give thanks to God for his goodness and his constant mercy shown to us in so many ways. We thank God for every gift (large or small) we have in life.
It is such a blessing to be born in a country and in a time that we have the freedoms that many take for granted. We live in a country where technology prevails and opportunities to prosper are abundant. For these things we thank God who gave our forefathers the ability to form this country and has allowed us to become what we are today. So because of his grace we give him our all.
Thank you Lord for loving me and for allowing me to be in your family. I thank you for giving your Son to die for my sin and providing your word in a way that I can read and understand your will for my life. Give me wisdom to know your way and strength to apply it on a daily basis. Thank you for the opportunities you give me to do good, both spiritually and physically, and help me see each one and use them to your glory. Keep me from being selfish or proud but help me serve you as I serve those around me in so many ways. I pray in the name of Jesus.