Daily Devotional: Psalms 18:1-6
1 I love you, O LORD, my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. 4 The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. 5 The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. 6 In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.
1 Tim 1:12-14
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
“You just don’t know what you are missing.” How many times have we heard this said? Someone is enjoying something that is really great and others won’t even give it a try. The person who is indulging is fully convinced that it is great and that the others should also do it. It may be food, some activity or whatever. Often because of the participants enthusiasm they convince others to try it – after all they are missing out on something that is worth giving a try.
Are we convinced that serving Christ is so great that we tell others they should give it a try? Do we show with our enthusiasm that serving God is fun, is fulfilling and is really great? Do we even feel that way about it?
When we catalog all the blessings we can name, we will see that our life is far better than those outside of Christ. This is not to make us puffed up or to cause us to brag but is to make us thankful as we realize everything we have and enjoy as the children of God is by his grace and is not our own doing. By living for Christ we avoid so many troubles and heartaches. We can live healthier lives because we don’t abuse our bodies. Our relationships flourish because we know true love.
Heavenly Father I am so thankful for all you have done for me and all you do for me every day. Thank you for forgiving me and allowing me to be yours. Thank you for the many fellow Christians in my life who encourage me and help me live for you more faithfully. Thank you for showing me how to love and to forgive, both by your example and in your word. Thank you for your Spirit who lives in me and is constantly molding me into your likeness. Give me wisdom and courage to tell others about the abundant life in Jesus. I pray in his holy name.