Daily Devotional: Psalms 48:1-7
1 Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain. 2 It is beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth. Like the utmost heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King. 3 God is in her citadels; he has shown himself to be her fortress. 4 When the kings joined forces, when they advanced together, 5 they saw her and were astounded; they fled in terror. 6 Trembling seized them there, pain like that of a woman in labor. 7 You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish shattered by an east wind.
10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
There are certain cities that represent an entire nation. Paris represents France, London represents England, Washington DC the United States of America. In this way Jerusalem represents Israel. In this psalm the city of Israel is extolled but only because she is the city of God. David is the king that God appointed over his own people. Jerusalem was mighty and glorious because God is mighty and glorious.
You and I can be great people in our world when we allow God to live in us. When we let Jesus control and guide us, it will be amazing what we can accomplish. The church of God is the dwelling of God and it can be the greatest influence in the world, in our nation and in our communities when it reflects his glory and truth.
But Jesus said that to be great we must become servants. We as individuals or the church as a group are not to lord it over others or seek our own good. When the church is so institutionalized that it is all about programs and self-perpetuation, it will lose its purpose and the power and show the wisdom of men instead of Jesus its king. When we (the church or individuals) allow God’s Spirit to live in us and to control us, we will show the power and glory of God as we live his truth.
O Lord God who made me and gives me life and breath, I am so thankful for your great love and the many things you have given me in this life. It is a blessing far beyond my ability to comprehend to have been born into the family, at the time and in the place where I have lived. Thank you, God. Fill me with your Spirit so I can reflect Jesus and his love to others. Give me wisdom to do and say what is right and greater faith to overcome every temptation. I ask your healing on those who are getting over surgeries. I humbly pray in the name of Jesus.