Daily Devotional: Psalms 68:28-30
28 Summon your power, O God; show us your strength, O God, as you have done before. 29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings will bring you gifts. 30 Rebuke the beast among the reeds, the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations. Humbled, may it bring bars of silver. Scatter the nations who delight in war. 31 Envoys will come from Egypt; Cush will submit herself to God. 32 Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, Selah 33 to him who rides the ancient skies above, who thunders with mighty voice. 34 Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies. 35 You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!
As we study the writings of Paul, we are impressed with how much time he spends telling us what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. He also devotes much of his writing to Jesus as the Son of God and as our Savior and our Lord. This is not surprising because we find the same theme in the books written by both Peter and John. Philip preached Jesus to the eunuch and this is as it should be.
The more time we spend learning about God and all he has done for us in his creation and in the giving of his Son, the more we will appreciate him and learn to love him, even as he loves us. The more we know about Jesus, the more we will know him and be able to imitate him in our lives. After all, we are to die to self and let Jesus live in us and through us. Jesus is our Savior and he is our Lord.
Jesus was the champion of the downtrodden. He was always concerned about the welfare of those around him, both physically and spiritually. When the people were hungry, he fed them. When they were misled by their religious leaders, he guided them with truth. When he met a woman that had been married four times and was now living with a man, not her husband, he offered her living water.
Jesus touched the leper! This was no small thing because he could have caught this horrible disease. It made him socially and religiously unclean so that others would probably shun him. But with a heart of compassion and the power of God, he touched this man and cleansed him of his social disgrace and death sentence.
Heavenly Father fill me with your love so I will have compassion toward all who are down and are distressed and who are misguided. Not so I can feel sorry for them or look down on them but so I will show your love in my heart and in my life and do whatever I can to help them. Help me know you more and your Son better as I study your word. As I draw closer to you, I ask you to fill me with your Spirit so he can mold me into greater likeness of you and your Son. Protect those who are serving you, even though persecuted for their faith. I pray in Jesus name.