Daily Devotional: Psalms 68:28-35
Summon your power, O God; show us your strength, O God, as you have done before. Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings will bring you gifts. Rebuke the beast among the reeds, the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations. Humbled, may it bring bars of silver. Scatter the nations who delight in war. Envoys will come from Egypt; Cush will submit herself to God. Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, Selah to him who rides the ancient skies above, who thunders with mighty voice. Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies. You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. "Where have you laid him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"
Jesus knew, even before he began the trip, that Lazarus was dead and that he was going to raise him. So, why did he cry? Many disagree on this but my belief is that Jesus, being human, felt the same emotions of his friends, Mary and Martha, and seeing their sorrow, he cried with them. He knew he had the power and that he was going to use it to bring Lazarus out of the tomb. But he felt their pain.
The same God who can feed the wild bulls, crush the nations, subject the world rulers, loves you and he sees your pain. Jesus, who raised Lazarus, is with him and he has been one of us and has felt our sorrow, our disappointments, our grief, our pain, and he knows about the things that trouble us. He expresses it to the Father on our behalf. The same power that raised the friend of Jesus, he gives to us.
Jesus said to come to him, all who are burdened with heavy loads, and he will take them and replace them with loads that are light and easy to carry. This does not take away all of our troubles, our trials, our temptations, or sorrows, but he will be with us. He will give power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!
Hallelujah! What a Savior! Jesus, O Lord, thank you for loving me and interceding for me to our Father. You, O Lord, are worthy to receive glory and honor. Empower me with your Spirit so that I can be molded into your likeness. Give me wisdom to turn loose of the things that trouble me and let you control my life. Use me to bring honor to you and to the Father. I pray for your people that are in places of drought, who are hungry and in need. I ask you to be with those who are being persecuted for their faith. Use me to help where I can. Thank you, Jesus.