Daily Devotional: Psalms 28:1-5
1 To you I call, O LORD my Rock; do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who have gone down to the pit. 2 Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place. 3 Do not drag me away with the wicked, with those who do evil, who speak cordially with their neighbors but harbor malice in their hearts. 4 Repay them for their deeds and for their evil work; repay them for what their hands have done and bring back upon them what they deserve. 5 Since they show no regard for the works of the LORD and what his hands have done, he will tear them down and never build them up again.
1 Cor 6:9-11
9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
There is no sin so big or so terrible that it cannot be forgiven by the blood of Jesus. We say this, but do we believe it? If so, why do we not reach out to those who are on the lower end of our social scale? Somehow, we tend to think that if someone is not “like us” they either don’t deserve the gospel or that they will not accept it, so we just don’t try to reach them. Jesus died for all who will come.
When we, like David, give our heart and life to the Lord, he will never leave us or forsake us. As long as we keep our heart set on him and live for him, he continues to forgive us and we remain in constant fellowship with each other, with the Father and with Jesus. Paul says that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ Jesus our Lord. Only we can turn from him and leave him. Our salvation is based on faith from the beginning to the end. But nothing shows our faith to be genuine more than humble obedience. Since Jesus is our Lord, we follow his will.
Heavenly Father it is with joy I come to you as your child and servant. In the name of Jesus I come to you boldly, knowing you will hear me and answer my prayer. It is also with deep humility and shame I approach you because I know I am not worthy to speak to the creator and God of the universe. Thank you for forgiving me through the sacrifice and the blood of Jesus. Give me faith to accept your forgiveness and then to live for you in every part of my life. Use me according to your will and to your glory. Give me a pure heart and a steadfast spirit so I will open my life to your Spirit and his bidding. Give peace to your children.