Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotional: Psalms 5:8-12

Ps 5:8-12

Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies--make straight your way before me. Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with destruction. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongue they speak deceit. Declare them guilty, O God! Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you. But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

Prov 6:16-19

There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

I was talking recently with a successful businessman, in a very sensitive field. He said the basis of his success was trust and that trust must be built on honesty. Dependability is a big part of honesty so it is imperative that when we say we will do something, we do it. When we give out facts about things, make sure they are true. Our words are not to be used to take advantage of others or cause strife.

God cannot lie, simply because he is God. It is against his nature because he is the source of all truth and therefore, he is truth. As we seek to be like Jesus and we allow the Spirit to make us partakers of the Divine nature, we become more and more honest, dependable, and always truthful. As Christians, it is against our (new and godly) nature to lie. Even when it hurts, we are honest and truthful.

Relationships are built on trust. So, if we want to build a good marriage, we must be honest with each other. Trust is one of those things that takes a long time to build, one step, one day, one deed at a time. But it can be destroyed in a moment, simply by being dishonest. It may be what we deem to be a “small” thing, that has no real consequence, but the principle is the same and trust is lost. Parents and children must be honest because they both need to be able to trust each other.

O God, my heavenly Father, I know that I can trust you without reservations or questions. I admit that sometimes it is hard to do, especially when I cannot see the “how or why” in my life. You have promised to take care of me and see me through my rough times, so I know you will always do this. Thank you for being honest and dependable; increase my faith. Use me to do your will, to help others, to teach your word, and to bring honor to your name in all things. Please restore a sense of honesty to our leaders and our nation. I pray in the name of Jesus.