Daily Devotional: Psalms 119:57-64
Ps 119:57-64 Heth
You are my portion, O LORD; I have promised to obey your words. I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes. I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law. At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws. I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts. The earth is filled with your love, O LORD; teach me your decrees.
1 Thess 2:10-13
You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous, and blameless we were among you who believed. For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.
What is your life? James asks this question in regard to time but we are asking it today in regard to our priorities. What do you hope to accomplish in life? What will be your epitaph or eulogy? Will it be the accomplishments in academics, in sports, in the business world, in the political realm? I knew of one lady that the only good thing said about her at her funeral was that her hair was always fixed and it always look nice. Is this how we want to be remembered?
It was said of Jesus on one occasion that “he went about doing good.” We need to be doing good. This begins with our attitude about ourselves and then about those around us. One of the reasons that Jesus did so much good was that he felt compassion for the downtrodden, the underdog, and the misfits of society. He ate with sinners! He touched the leper! He even asked a Samaritan woman for water!
When we begin to measure ourselves, we need to only look at two people. We look at ourselves as we were and as we are, and we look at Jesus as to what we are trying to become. Since we are what we are by the grace of God, we are not better in ourselves than anyone else who is seeking to live by the grace of God.
O Lord, my heavenly Father, it is with humility that I come to you today, but also with great boldness in the name of Jesus I dare to speak to you. You O God, are righteous and true. You alone are holy and Supreme. It is only by the work of Jesus that you consider me as your own. Continue to forgive me and help me become more like Jesus each day. Give your healing and your peace to those who are hurting and struggling, as they look to you. I pray in the name of Jesus.