Daily Devotional: Psalms 115:1-8
1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. 2 Why do the nations say, "Where is their God?" 3 Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. 4 But their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. 5 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; 6 they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell; 7 they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but they cannot walk; nor can they utter a sound with their throats. 8 Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
Everyone has a god (or God) of some kind. There is something that is supreme in their lives. For many it is self and pleasure. This may be in the form of greed or the accumulation of wealth. For others it is the indulgence of fleshly gratifications and the pursuit of happiness. The god of some is anything that builds their ego by what they can accomplish or their ability to be over others in some way.
There is only one God and it is our place to do everything in our power and use all we have in our lives to honor him and bring glory to his name. All that we have in a physical sense comes from him. Whatever we may accomplish is by his grace and not by our own doing. We must be thankful as we humbly realize that in our ordinary lives, God is the giver of all things and he alone provides our all.
Far too many who claim to be followers of Christ are so caught up in the world that all they see is the here and now. They profess to know Christ but their lives relegate him to a lowly position in their priorities. Without complete trust and submission there will never be any peace or lasting joy. The more we elevate and honor God, the more we will find true satisfaction and purpose in life.
Heavenly Father it is with pleasure I turn to you in the midst of all kinds of turmoil and confusion. Help me keep my eyes on Jesus and on heaven above so I will put you first in my life and seek your righteousness above all else. Thank you for the material things you have given me and thank you for the many friends and fellow Christians who fill my life with joy. Use me to lift up the fallen and to help others in their service to you. Bless all who are serving you, especially those who face persecution. Be with our nation and be with our leaders. In Jesus name.