Daily Devotional: Psalms 64:1-5
1 Hear me, O God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from that noisy crowd of evildoers. 3 They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows. 4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent man; they shoot at him suddenly, without fear. 5 They encourage each other in evil plans, they talk about hiding their snares; they say, "Who will see them?"
1 Peter 1:20-22
20 He [Christ] was chosen before the creation of the world but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.
Most of us live daily in a noisy crowd of evildoers. It may be the noise of the TV or it may be in the workplace, the traffic or just the crowds at the mall but we live in a world of useless noise. I have heard many people say that when they are home alone they will turn on a radio or TV or something “just for the noise.”
But noise is distracting from meaningful thought and concentration. The Psalmist often talks of meditating on the word of God or on his goodness. At times Jesus would get away from the crowd to be alone. This was so he could talk with his Father and concentrate on his mission. We need our time with the Father also.
There are few things more meaningful than being all alone in a quiet place and worshipping God in song, in prayer and in a study of his word. It is good to read the Bible and then spend time meditating on what we have read. Concentrate on how we can apply our reading to our daily lives (not on how it would fit someone else we think needs it). Jesus prayed for hours but we too often pray in seconds.
There is a place in God’s plan and will for us to assemble with other Christians to worship him. This is so we can encourage each other to remain faithful and to help each other through the rough places in our lives. We all need this re-fueling in our hearts and minds as we study and worship in praise together.
Heavenly Father keep me from being distracted in my commitment by all the noise that is in this world and in my life. Keep me from being lured by the wicked and their devices that too often seem appealing. Give me wisdom to choose the noise that will build my faith and not the kind that is vulgar or ungodly. In these uncertain times we face, I ask your protection and wisdom for doctors and the medical professionals who are in constant contact with the virus that is ravaging our globe. We put our trust in you and your love. I pray in Jesus name.