Daily Devotional: Psalms 108:10-13
10 Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? 11 Is it not you, O God, you who have rejected us and no longer go out with our armies? 12 Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. 13 With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
With regard to the brevity of life, James asks the question: “What is your life?” This question may be answered in any number of references and thus there are many responses we may give. What is my life? How do you answer this?
Some would respond with the word pain or sorrow or chaos or suffering. Others may respond joy, peace, or comfort. Still others think of giving, doing, serving or being available for others, while some would just say Jesus Christ. Depending on our circumstances, we may give all of these at one time or another. For many it may be love or children or it could be grandchildren or spouse.
In the past few weeks there have been several friends who have left this life, some were closer than others but each has hit me in their own special way. What is life? Several years ago I had an uncle who was dying from cancer and as he reached the end of his life, he said he was ready to die because he had lived his whole life for this end. He was ready to go and be with the Lord. My brother, in constant pain, often prayed for Jesus to come quickly. This world is not our home so we need not get all tied up in it but prepare for eternity with Jesus. My heart aches and bleeds for those who have lost loved ones. There is that empty hole and void that is left but as David said about his child that died, we cannot bring them back but we can go to be with them. What a blessing to belong to God!
Heavenly Father I am so thankful for your forgiveness and the assurance it gives me that I will be with you one day. For those who have lost their spouse or child or brother or sister or some dear friend, I ask you to give them your peace and your comfort – the peace that only you can give. Give them strength to face each new day. Use me to be there for them in their loneliness and grief. Help me make my life about you, about Jesus and about eternity. In Jesus name.