Daily Devotional: Psalms 131:1-3
My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
At the time of the writing of the New Testament, the society of most of the world was extremely ungodly. Some cities were worse than others and some local areas seemed to have more morality than others, just as our world is today. For most of the Roman world, morality in general was far worse than any place on earth today and the people worshipped gods of their own making, with rules of their own likes and dislikes. If it felt good, they did it and thought it was wonderful.
There was a time on earth when the thoughts of the hearts of the people were only evil continually. Things were so bad that God said he was sorry that he had ever made mankind. But in the midst of this evil, he found Noah, a righteous man who was seeking to serve him and live for him. It was through Noah, and his faith in God, that the world was purged of the wickedness and the righteous lived.
We live today in a time and in a culture that is filled with ungodliness and so many fail to see God as God, so they make up their own gods, deciding what is moral and what is immoral, and in so doing make themselves gods. The value of the family has been eroded and the idea of worship has been relegated to the few who are considered fanatics. But for those who trust in God and who put their faith in Jesus Christ, there is hope. This is because we know that God is in control and in the end, righteousness will prevail. So, even in a wicked world, we rejoice in Christ and we do not worry or get upset, because we know the Lord is near.
Heavenly Father, keep me from ever becoming complacent with sin and from accepting it as being ok with you. I ask you to make sin even more abhorrent and repugnant to me so that I will do my best to stay away from all wrong. When it does influence me and when I do give in, please make me aware of my wrong and give me a heart to turn from it, and please forgive me. Give me a heart of love and compassion so I will look for opportunities to do good for others, whether it be physical, mental, or emotional help. I humbly pray in Jesus name.