Daily Devotional: Psalms 111:1-5
Praise the Lord. I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
“Great are the works of the Lord.” Who can tell of his greatness? How do we count the things he does for us each day? His goodness abounds all around us in ways that we do not even know or understand. From him we receive our life, our breath and the ability to carry on with our lives. It is by his grace that we have been born in this time and place, with the abundant freedoms we enjoy.
His goodness, his mercy, his grace, and his love are all reasons why we are to love him and live for him. God created us in Christ Jesus to do good works. We are to live for him so that even the ungodly will recognize that we are motivated by things differently from the world around us and glorify God because of it. We let our lights shine before others so they will glorify the Father in heaven.
The Roman centurion in Acts is described as a God-fearing man, who was devout and who gave generously to those in need, and he prayed to God regularly. Peter told him that God had heard his prayers and had remembered his gifts to the poor. He wanted to be right with God, so when he learned that Jesus was the Savior, sent from God, he and his family were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.
He was God-fearing and devout. He wanted to please God with his life. It was not about joining some social group in the guise of religion. It was not about pleasing people around him. His heart was set on pleasing the God who made him.
O Lord God, give me a heart like that of Cornelius so that I will listen to your word and then obey it without hesitation. Help me be devoted to you all the days of my life. Use me to accomplish what you want me to do, in your way and in your time. When I have done my very best, help me remember that I am right with you because of my faith and your forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Be with our nation and give us leaders who trust you as God and Jesus as Lord. Give your healing and your peace to those who are sick and struggling. I pray in the name of Jesus.