Daily Devotional: Psalms 63:1-5
1 O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. 3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. 4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. 5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
As we face the uncertainty of our current situation in this country, I have listened to many different lessons on how we as Christians are to deal with our present distress from the virus. This is not the first time in the history of our nation that we have been inconvenienced or had to change our habits for a while. We must comply with the laws of the land, love and help others and trust God in it all.
We have Christ living in us, so no matter what we face we have the power of His Spirit to overcome. We know that God is in control and that no virus or disease is beyond his ability to stop or heal. Our reaction to this trial we face is to humble ourselves before him. It is a good time for us to reassess our priorities in life and how we have been using our time and resources. It is an opportunity for us to re-learn the values of family life and time together. We can even talk to each other!
Jesus said in our trust and depending on God to provide, we are to seek first his kingdom and his righteousness. As most churches did not meet this past Sunday, we have been reminded that the church of Christ is us. It is not some building and it is not an institution, separate from those who make it up. We are the people of God who have been called out of darkness into his light when we had our sins forgiven. Jesus told the Samaritan woman that true worship is that which is done in spirit and in truth. It is from the heart and is genuine devotion to our Lord.
Heavenly Father I am so thankful that you love me and have provided forgiveness through the blood of Jesus your Son. As I look back many years to the time that I was baptized into Christ and remember the promise I made to live for him, I see and know just have much and how many times I have failed to be true to that promise. I am thankful that you continue to forgive me in Jesus my Lord. I ask you to stop the spread of the virus. Be with our nation that this will humble us and cause us to look to you for wisdom and guidance. I pray in Jesus name.