Daily Devotional: Psalms 144:5-10
5 Part your heavens, O LORD, and come down; touch the mountains, so that they smoke. 6 Send forth lightning and scatter the enemies; shoot your arrows and rout them. 7 Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners 8 whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful. 9 I will sing a new song to you, O God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you, 10 to the one who gives victory to kings, who delivers his servant David from the deadly sword.
1 Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. 2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God's house. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.
One of the most often repeated phrases in sports is “keep you eye on the ball.” In running track, it is “keep your eye on the finish line.” Over fifty years ago an old gentleman told me if I wanted to mow in straight lines, I should pick out an object at the end of the row and keep focused on that object. He went on to say that if you look at the lines of the last row you have mowed, you will eventually get off course completely. In life we need to find a goal and keep focused.
Peter walked on the water until he took his eyes off of Jesus. When he began to look at the waves, he began to doubt and to sink. Life is filled with storms and big waves that will distract us and make us lose our focus if we allow them to. There are temptations that allure us. There are troubles that engulf us. In it all we must have the faith of David and trust God to reach down and deliver us.
Some of the greatest trials we face are not things that are wrong in themselves but rather the pursuit of wealth and the pleasures all around us. We get so busy with things that don’t really matter that we leave undone the things of God. We compromise our principles for material advantage. We must focus on Jesus.
Heavenly Father I wish I could say that I always do what is right and never leave off the things that need to be done but you know that is not true. Forgive me. I want to be like Jesus in every part of my life but too often I am more like Peter, saying the wrong things at the wrong times. Or like Thomas, I doubt or like the Pharisees I think more of myself than I should instead of fully trusting you. Give me a pure heart with greater faith and a stronger determination to stay focused on Jesus and the things above. I pray in the name of Jesus my Lord.