Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotionals

Daily Devotional: Psalms 56:9-13

Ps 56:9-13

Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise--in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? I am under vows to you, O God; I will present my thank offerings to you. For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.

Heb 4:12-13

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints, and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

The Psalmist said he would praise the word of God. This word is living and it is active. It can penetrate the hardest of hearts and it can change the most vile of people. The word of God is the expression of his thoughts and it flows from his very nature. Jesus said that it is truth and it judges all mankind. None can escape the judgment it yields and we cannot hide anything from his eyes.

But the word of God is full of joy, cheer, and hope, because it overflows with his endless love and exudes his mercy and compassion. God wants what is best for each of his children. He has given us his great and magnificent promises in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. By faith in his word we live our lives in thanksgiving instead of living in fear or anxiety. His word is living and is relevant today.

The Spirit of God has moved men of old to pen the word of God. In it, eternal life is found but it also promises death to those who reject it. As we study the word, our faith is formed, it is strengthened, and it is sustained in trials. The only way we can know God and his Son is for us to study and know the revealed word. But just knowing what it says is not enough. We must allow it to penetrate our minds and change our lives. Paul says it is useful for teaching us but also for correcting us when we are wrong. When we open our hearts to the scripture, we will gain the training that God has made available to us, so we can become like him.

O Lord God, thank you for revealing your will to us but also for revealing your great love, your tender mercy, your majestic power and your faithfulness. Give me wisdom to understand your word better and to know how to apply it to my life daily. Use me to show your love and your compassion to those around me. Forgive me when I fail to be all you want me to become. I ask your mercy and also your continued guidance on our nation and on all of our leaders that they will respect your word. Help me be more thankful in all things. In Jesus name.