Daily Devotional: Psalms 91:1-8
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." 3 Surely, he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Did you ever wish that serving God was like going to the doctor? We go and get a pill, take it a few days and our sickness is gone and our whole body is made well again. Some seem to have the idea that when one becomes a Christian that all of their old desires, vices and temptations are gone. While it is true that our sins are all forgiven, our relationship with God is new and our ability to overcome sin is now possible, we still have to allow God to work in us and change us gradually.
We have to learn to hate sin and love God. We may struggle as we get rid of the bad habits and then cultivate new ones such as Bible study and establishing a prayer life. Some may have to change friends and learn to enjoy being with those who are seeking to serve God instead of just their own pleasures. And even then, after years of dedication to God and seeking to be like Jesus, we find ourselves saying or doing something that we know is just not right. We continue to grow.
The wonderful news is that even when we grieve the Holy Spirit, he does not give up on us. God forgives us and the Spirit continues to work in us and give us his strength to overcome as he molds us into the divine image. Thus, in confidence we continue each day, knowing we are the forgiven children of God.
Heavenly Father, your plans for me and your way of salvation is far beyond my ability to fully grasp. How can I know the depth of your love for me? How can I understand the measure of your grace to be able to forgive one who caused you to allow your Son to die in my place? Thank you for revealing your blessed gospel to me so I can come to you, be forgiven, become a new person in Jesus and live with the assurance that I will be with you in eternity! Help me be more diligent to share this good news with others in word and example. I pray in Jesus name.