Daily Devotional: Psalms 118:15-21
15 Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: "The LORD's right hand has done mighty things! 16 The LORD's right hand is lifted high; the LORD's right hand has done mighty things!" 17 I will not die but live and will proclaim what the LORD has done. 18 The LORD has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death. 19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD. 20 This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter. 21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.
25 Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, 26 but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him- 27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.
To live without God is the worst thing that we can do in life. Without him there is no meaning to living and there is no hope for anything after it is over. The Bible says that God left King Saul because of his failure to obey him and respect him as God. After that, an evil spirit came on him and his life was ruined. When Samson allowed his hair to be cut, the Lord left him and his strength was gone. One of the saddest verses in the Bible is when this happened to Samson, he arose to defeat the enemy “but he did not know that the Lord had left him.” He was alone!
What or who can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord? The answer is that nothing in heaven or on earth can do this to us. But in the same book, Paul describes those who left God, did not regard him as God and were not thankful to him. The Lord did leave them and gave them up to all kinds of vile and wicked things. Their lives went from bad to worse with no hope of return.
So it is up to us. Do we trust the Lord and obey his word? God will not leave us as long as we are living for him but rather, he will continue to forgive us. The longer I live, the more I realize why God began the ten commandments with “you shall have no other gods before me.” We are to love, trust and obey God above all else.
Father it is with joy that I can confess my sinfulness to you. I know that too often I say things or do things that are not pleasing to you. I fail so often to live up to your glory and do not reflect Jesus in my attitude or actions. Thank you for forgiving me and helping me overcome each of these on a daily basis. You have given me so much to enjoy in life. Thank you for my family. Thank you for my friends. Thank you for the trials that have strengthened me. I pray in Jesus name.