Daily Devotional: Psalms 75:1-5
1 We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds. 2 You say, "I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge uprightly. 3 When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm. Selah 4 To the arrogant I say, 'Boast no more,' and to the wicked, 'Do not lift up your horns. 5 Do not lift your horns against heaven; do not speak with outstretched neck.'"
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We can give thanks because the Lord is near. What a blessing to know that no matter what we face in life or what happens in this world, the Lord is near us and has promised to take care of his own. It is because of this we can rejoice in the middle of troubles and trials. It is because of the presence of our Lord we can have his peace in our hearts and lives, even in a world that is filled with turmoil, rage, strife and hatred. Because of his steadfastness we give thanks.
We live in a world filled with anxieties. Everyone seems to be stressed out and always on edge about the economy, about nuclear threats, about terrorist, about the political situation and the list goes on and on. It is easy for us to forget that God is in control and Jesus is King of kings. There are no surprises to God. He is aware of what is happening, even before it takes place. Our God rules.
The arrogant rise up against him and they claim to be in control. This is nothing new. It has been happening since the serpent told Eve that God was wrong and if she ate the forbidden fruit she would not die but become wise. She believed his lie and sinned against God. The same lie, that God doesn’t mean what he says and will not really punish those who go against him, is still told and believed.
Heavenly Father, I am so thankful that Jesus is King of kings and is Lord of lords over all the earth. Thank you for never allowing us to be tempted beyond what we are able to bear and thank you for always providing the way of escape. There are times it is hard to understand why things are as they are, so I need constant reminding that you are seeing my personal problems and you are with me. Give me a pure heart and keep me from ever doubting your word. Thank you for my family and for so many Christian friends. Use each of us in your way to encourage each other and to reach out to the lost. I pray in the name of Jesus.