Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotional: Psalms 101:1-8

Ps 101:1-8

1 I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise. 2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life--when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. 3 I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. 4 Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil. 5 Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure. 6 My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he whose walk is blameless will minister to me. 7 No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence. 8 Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evildoer from the city of the LORD.

1 Cor 15:32-34

32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die." 33 Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." 34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God-I say this to your shame.

There have been so many who have battled addictions and have come out of a rehab facility, only to fall back into their old habits. More often than not, this is because they have not rid themselves of their old friends. I once read of a lady who was getting her third divorce and all three had been alcoholics. When she was asked where she had met them, she said all three men she met at a bar. If we choose the wrong friends, we will find it exceedingly difficult to do what is right.

Paul said we must live in this world but we are not to be of the world. John says that we are not to love the world because it and all that is in it is temporary. This is why we are told to lay up treasures in heaven and not on earth. James tells us that friendship with the world is hostility with God. We must live with the genuine commitment of the psalmist to do the will of God and make our friends those who love the Lord and who will lead us closer to him, not away from him.

Heavenly Father it is with joy that I serve you and live for you. It is my intention to be like Jesus in every way. I know I fail in this too often so I need your continued forgiveness by the blood of Jesus my Savior. Help me find enjoyment in the things you have given me but keep me from being selfish with them. Open my eyes to see the opportunities you give for me to share and help others. Give me wisdom to help those who are hurting and those who are anxious. Give your healing to those who are sick or taking treatments. I humbly pray in Jesus name.