Daily Devotional: Psalms 9:1-6
I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you. For you have upheld my right and my cause; you have sat on your throne, judging righteously. You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever. Endless ruin has overtaken the enemy, you have uprooted their cities; even the memory of them has perished.
1 Peter 2:9-11
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
We belong to God. We are his nation, his people. We are unique because we have no geographic boundaries or borders. In fact, Jesus told Pilate that his kingdom is not of this world, or else his servants would fight. We are not his people because of our lineage or because of our place of birth. We are his because we have made the choice to live for him and serve Jesus as our Lord and as our King. But in the end, we are his only because he makes it possible in Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Our goal in life is two-fold. Our primary goal is to honor God and to bring glory to Jesus Christ. We do this as we submit to him as God and we obey him. We honor him when we give thanks to him for all we have and all he does for us. We bring glory to him when we trust him to carry us through the hard times in life.
Our second goal is to allow the Spirit of God to live in us and mold us into the image of our Father and in the likeness of Jesus our brother. It is when we have Christ in us that we take on his characteristics and become partakers of his divine nature. The more we become like him and people see Christ in us, the more we will attract others to him, and at the same time, bring honor to him as God.
O Lord God, I stand in awe of you and your majesty. I know that if I were to see you face to face, I would fall on the ground and be unable to look at you. Who am I that you even know that I exist? Yet, I know that you know me, my name, and even all of my thoughts. Thank you for forgiving me of my sin and allowing me to be a part of your family. Thank you for all the material things you have put into my life. Help me use all I have to bring honor to you and your holy name, as I use it to help others and to further your cause on earth. I pray in Jesus' name.