Daily Devotional: Psalms 139:7-12
7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment-to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
In Christ we have access to all the blessings of our heavenly Father. It is in him (and in him alone) that we can have the forgiveness of our sins. In him we have the promised Holy Spirit abiding in us and molding our lives in conformity with his will. In him we have fellowship with one another and all of the encouragement and joy this brings into our lives. As our Lord and our King he lives in us by his Spirit and gives us both wisdom and strength to live as the child of God.
How can we as mortal man know the mind of God? The very one who imagined in his mind the entire universe with every intricate detail of what we call nature and then spoke it into existence; this is the God we serve. In his infinite nature he can both know and see all things because he is everywhere at once. Yet, this majestic God in all of his power and glory, knows you and me, our names and every detail of our lives. He sees our problems and concerns and understands our joys.
He not only knows, sees and understands, he cares about us. He loves us so much and so jealously wants us to trust him and live for him that he gave his Son to die for our sin. When we put him first, he promises to supply our every need.
Heavenly Father I come praising you for your majesty, your glory, your holiness and your love for me. In my selfishness and fear I have resisted asking for you to keep me humble. It hurts to be humbled. It is never easy to give up my pride or to truly admit that I cannot control my own life. To admit that I don’t have all of the right answers is not easy. Today I come to you with Jesus as my Lord and Master, asking you to control every aspect of my heart and my life. Use me in your will and yours alone. Give peace to those in distress. I pray in the name of Jesus.