Daily Devotional: Psalms 72:15-20
15 Long may he live! May gold from Sheba be given him. May people ever pray for him and bless him all day long. 16 Let grain abound throughout the land; on the tops of the hills may it sway. Let its fruit flourish like Lebanon; let it thrive like the grass of the field. 17 May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun. All nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed. 18 Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds. 19 Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen. 20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.
30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Jesus had a mission in life and he had completed what he came to earth to accomplish. His work was finished. David was put in his place and time to carry out a work for the Lord. His desire was to be able to accomplish his task and to be the very best King he could possibly be – based on the standard of God and not his own. John the baptizer came with a mission and fulfilled what God put him on earth to do. But so did Judas and Herod, even though their mission was not good.
We are here on earth with a mission and we should do the very best we can to accomplish that mission. It may be that our mission is to be like that of Eunice and Lois who taught Timothy to love the Lord and follow his word. Our mission may be to be the best wife or husband in the world or be the one who encourages the missionaries in some foreign land or who mows the grass for a poor widow.
Not everyone is intended to be a leader of some great nation or to be the Savior of the world but we all have purpose for God and we need to fulfill it. Paul said the feet of the preacher are beautiful but they must be sent. Some are better at making money and sending than they are at preaching. The opportunities to do the will of God are endless and most are within the reach of almost every one of us today. “Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all of your might.”
O Lord God, I know that I am not on earth to be a king or some great person in the eyes of others but I also know that I can be a good husband and father, so help me be the best I can. Use me to encourage those who are weak and who are struggling each day just to survive. Give me words of grace to lead someone to you. Help me teach the younger generation to follow you and to respect your word. Thank you for those who came before me and taught me to love you and to want to be like Jesus. Forgive me when I sin. I humbly pray in Jesus name.