Daily Devotional: Psalms 107:39-43
39 Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow; 40 he who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste. 41 But he lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks. 42 The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths. 43 Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the LORD.
5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord knows those who are his and he knows each one by name. He knows my every need and all that is in your heart, both desires and needs. All who are in Christ belong to him as his children and in his love, he seeks only what is best for each of us. His desire is that we be made ready for eternity and glorify him.
For many and all too often, our greatest problem in serving God is our ego. Some cultures promote humility but we live in a society that promotes egotism and selfishness. We are taught to be assertive and demand our rights. We forget that when God listed the seven things that he hates that pride headed the list. Pride takes the glory for ourselves instead of giving it to God. Moses learned this lesson the hard way when he and Aaron declared they (instead of God) were bringing water from the rock. Nebbuchadnezzar went from being the ruler of a world empire to living in the fields and eating grass as a wild beast because of pride.
Our place on earth is to do the will of God and give him the glory for all we are able to accomplish. The apostle Paul returned from his preaching trip and told the church all that God had done through him and his helpers. Jesus said that for us to be great in his kingdom we must humble ourselves and let God do the exalting in his way and his time. The greatest position any of us can attain is to be called a child of our heavenly Father. He has a special seat reserved for us at the wedding feast of the Lamb, not as guests but as his special family. Praise the Lord!
Heavenly Father help me not be proud or selfish. Since I was a small child, I have claimed what is “mine” and wanted things to go my way. Increase my faith and my trust in you so I will seek to make your will my own, in every part of my life. Use me to help others serve you and to encourage those who are fainthearted. Thank you for loving me and continuing to forgive me as I seek to walk with you. Help me do all I can to accomplish what needs to be done without caring who gets the credit. Give me wisdom to know your will. I pray in the name of Jesus.