Daily Devotional: Psalms 7:14-17
14 He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment. 15 He who digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit he has made. 16 The trouble he causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head. 17 I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God's law; 23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Have you ever made up your mind that you were going to quit something in your life and found yourself doing it again anyway? Have you ever decided that you were going to take up something good (such as daily Bible reading, study more, pray more, visit the sick more often, help someone in need more frequently, etc.) and then in a month or so, find that you are not doing any better than before? Of course all of us have done these at some point. It may be an addiction that we are struggling with or it may be we are going to quit gossiping but the principle is the same. We, in our minds, want to do the will of God in a perfect way but we see in our lives that we still fail – no matter how strong and how real the commitment is at the time. We simply do not live up to the glory of God. We all sin.
We can thank God in Jesus Christ that he is a righteous God and has revealed to us in his gospel the way we can be made righteous also. As a child of God we must set our goal as absolute perfection – being just like Jesus in all we do and say. But at the same time we realize that we do fail so we admit our sin and then we graciously accept the forgiveness that continues to abound in and from our Savior and our Lord Jesus Christ. Forgiveness and grace is never to be used as an excuse to continue in sin but is our motivation to be the best we can be for our God.
I give thanks to you Lord God because of your righteousness and I sing praises to your holy name because of the forgiveness you offer in Jesus. What a blessing and a joy to be your child and to know the love you have shown me. I need greater faith, your wisdom on a regular basis and the strength that only you can give so I can be all you want me to be. As your Spirit works in me and as I become a partaker of your divine nature, let me show forth your love, your compassion and your purity to all those around me – to your glory. I pray in Jesus name.