Daily Devotional: Psalms 21:8-13
8 Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies; your right hand will seize your foes. 9 At the time of your appearing you will make them like a fiery furnace. In his wrath the LORD will swallow them up, and his fire will consume them. 10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth, their posterity from mankind. 11 Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed; 12 for you will make them turn their backs when you aim at them with drawn bow. 13 Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength; we will sing and praise your might.
1 Cor 13:12-13
12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
There is coming a time when we will see the Lord face to face, just as we see each other today. Yet, in the reality of this we will see him as he really is and not as we imagine him in our feeble human minds. We will behold his glory and we will see his majesty – glory and majesty beyond our ability to grasp with our present frailties. We will see God on his throne with Jesus at his right hand.
But we will be changed and we will have new and glorified bodies. All of our aches and pains, all of our diseases and all of our impairments will be gone. There will be no sadness and there will be no more worries or problems with which to deal. Our eternal lives will be all about the glory of God and his greatness. It is by faith that we live in hope – anticipation of this great day of the Lord.
It is the grace of God that makes this possible and this grace is derived from his love for us and all of mankind. God is love and we are to love as he loves. His love is a love that cares for the good of others. His love gives for the needs of others and is always doing what is best for mankind. When our faith becomes reality and our hope is fulfilled, the love of God will continue and in our new glorified bodies, we will love as he loves us. That love will continue forever. So as we anticipate the great day of the Lord, let us be strong in our faith and filled with his love.
O Lord God, giver of life and all good things, I am so thankful that you love me and have made it possible for me to have my sins forgiven. Help me revel in your grace and at the same time, seek to live as completely obedient to your word as I possibly can do. But at my best, I realize that I am far from your perfection and I do sin and need your continued forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Thank you for all the physical things you give me to enjoy. Help me use these to your glory and never be selfish with them or put my trust in them. I humbly pray in Jesus name.