Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotional: Psalms 50:16-23

Ps 50:16-23

But to the wicked, God says: "What right have you to recite my laws or take my covenant on your lips? You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you. When you see a thief, you join with him; you throw in your lot with adulterers. You use your mouth for evil and harness your tongue to deceit. You speak continually against your brother and slander your own mother's son. These things you have done and I kept silent; you thought I was altogether like you. But I will rebuke you and accuse you to your face. "Consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces, with none to rescue: He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God."

Rom 6:22-23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

There are some things in life that require us to be all in or not at all. If we want to learn to swim, we must get in the water – all the way in. One may have the desire to swim but just want to sit on the edge of the pool with their toes in the water, but they will never become a swimmer like this. We may even wade until the water is almost to our waist, but still we are not in enough to swim.

Serving God acceptably is either all in or we will not please him. Jesus said we cannot serve two masters. The flesh is opposed to the Spirit and we cannot please them both. So we are told that we will reap what we sow, either we sow to the Spirit and we reap eternal life, or we sow to the flesh and we reap death.

Solomon was a great king in many ways. He was blessed by God in his early years in more ways than we can imagine. Yet, as he got older, he began to dabble in worshipping the idols of some of his wives. He never quit serving God but just added these false gods to his life. God was not pleased with him because “his heart was not wholly devoted to the Lord, as was his father, David.” As a result of this, a part of the kingdom of Israel was taken from his family and given to another. Our heart must be wholly devoted to the Lord, as was that of David.

O Lord, my Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth. Your power and your wisdom are beyond my comprehension. I stand in awe of your majesty. You have revealed your will to me in your word and I ask for wisdom to understand it and for strength to live it. Far too often I find myself doing or saying things that I know I should not be doing or saying. I look back and see opportunities that I failed to use for you. Please forgive me and help me be wholly devoted to you and to doing your will in all things. Thank you for loving me. I pray in the name of Jesus.