Christian Devotional – August 15, 2018

Good equals good and bad equals bad, right? That’s what we typically assume. But we have all known Godly people who have gone through difficult and hard times. So what does the psalmist do when faced with this situation? Read Psalm chapter 125.

Do good, O Lord , to those who are good And to those who are upright in their hearts.
Psalms 125:4 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.125.4.NASB

The psalmist prayes for it. Even though this world may not have the right responses to good people, the psalmist asks God’s help with that.  There is nothing wrong with praying and asking God to allow good things to happen to the people who are righteous and are following him. We can continue to pray for ourselves and for others as we seek to follow God that we would be able to follow him in righteousness and reap the rewards that come with that. We know that if we are not following him, eventually we will experience the consequences of those actions as well, which will not be as pleasant.

Christian Devotional – August 13, 2018

Do we know where our help comes from? When we are going through difficulties and struggles, God is the one who brings our help. If we are following Him, He is our advocate. See Psalm 124.

“Had it not been the Lord who was on our side When men rose up against us, Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their anger was kindled against us;
Psalms 124:2‭-‬3 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.124.2-3.NASB

We will never be able to overcome on our own. Only because of our relationship to Jesus Christ are we able to overcome anything that comes our way. By ourselves we will always be overthrown, but with God, he can overcome any situation or circumstance that we experience. Do we come to him and bring our circumstances to him?

Christian Devotional – August 12, 2018

Do we expect God to give us what we need? We are so independent in this culture and we are taught that we need to find our own answers. That is not how God designed us. Read Psalm 123.

Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the Lord our God, Until He is gracious to us.
Psalms 123:2 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.123.2.NASB

We are to be mindful of where our help comes from. We cannot find the answers to what we need apart from Him. Our independence is a weakness in the eyes of the Lord and it keeps us from experiencing all that God desires to provide for us. I know that it is not easy to rely on someone else, but yet God is faithful and worthy of our trust. Will we look to Him and continue to seek our help solely from Him?

Christian Devotional – August 11, 2018

Do we get excited about coming into God’s house? Does being God’s presence along with others thrill us? Read Psalm 122.

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord .”
Psalms 122:1 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.122.1.NASB

Going into the house of the Lord is an exciting time to be able to meet with others who also praise and worship our God and be able to do those things together. God loves the praise of his people. He really loves it when they do that together. Having an opportunity to meet together for praise, for worship, for encouragement, and for training is vital in the life of a believer. Are we prepared and do we get excited to go into the house of the Lord?

Christian Devotional – August 10, 2018

The Lord is responsible for His children. He keeps them. Do we recognize how the Lord moves and works in our lives to be able to keep us? Read Psalm 121.

He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Psalms 121:3 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.121.3.NASB

Not only does God keep us, but He does an exceptionally good job of it. The Lord works and moves to make sure that we have what we need. He never falls asleep on the job and He never makes a mistake. He provides for us the very experiences and opportunities that He knows will help to shape us into who He desires us to be. Are we letting Him move in our lives? Are we trusting Him?

Christian Devotional – August 9, 2018

Where do you go when experiencing difficulties? Troubles? Frustration? I know that God cares and He hears. See Psalm 120.

In my trouble I cried to the Lord , And He answered me.
Psalms 120:1 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.120.1.NASB

There was trouble. The person called out to God. God responded. Those three steps are vital to moving through hard times. First, we have to recognize that we are in trouble because sometimes we don’t always see that until it’s much larger in the process. Next we have to go to God about it. We can’t just complain about it or go to our friends. We have to bring it to God. Finally, God promises to answer us. He will respond and he doesn’t leave us alone. Are we following this when we are going through difficulties?

Christian Devotional – August 8, 2018

How much do you love God’s Word? For the psalmist, it was so much that the longest book of the Bible is dedicated to God’s Word. Read Psalm 119.

I know, O Lord , that Your judgments are righteous, And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
Psalms 119:75 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.119.75.NASB

While there are many verses throughout this chapter that are challenging and amazing, this one stuck out to me today. God is righteous and his judgments are righteous. God knows when we need a gentle nudge back into the right path, and he knows we may need a hard shove back into the right path. God desires to see us grow in his holiness and righteousness and that’s only possible if he corrects us when we mess up. Are we open to the correction of God? Are we looking for the correction of God so that we can be made more like him every day?

Christian Devotional – August 7, 2018

Reading Psalm 118 we see this verse.

The Lord is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?
Psalms 118:6 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.118.6.NASB

This verse has often been quoted by people going through hard and difficult times. Yet, when we think about it, there really are several things that people can do to us. Those are the things that come up in the back of our minds while we are dealing with the situation. The emphasis of the verse us more about the eternal things. What can man do to impact our eternal life, nothing at all. That is where we are at when it comes to this world. We must value the eternal things above the temporal things. For while this verse is quite true, the impact of the verse will only be felt in our lives if we are viewing our lives through the eternal, not the temporal.

Christian Devotional – August 5, 2018

Lovingkindness and truth. These often are not seen together. Many times people think of truth as being harsh or direct or even difficult to hear, yet the psalmist puts these together in Psalm 117.

For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord is everlasting. Praise the Lord !
Psalms 117:2 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.117.2.NASB

God’s lovingkindness is great and His truth is everlasting.  Sometimes the greatest thing we can do for someone is provide the truth or the knowledge of what they are going through and experiencing. God desires the best for us, and only by knowing and living out his truth can we truly understand what it means to experience his love. His love is indeed great for us. And because of his love, He cannot allow us to not live in His truth. Are we seeking both his love and his truth today?

Christian Devotional – August 4, 2018

When frustrated and feeling abandoned, where do you turn. We all go through and experience this feeling from time to time, yet how we respond is the key. See how the psalmist responded in Psalm 116.

Then I called upon the name of the Lord : “O Lord , I beseech You, save my life!”
Psalms 116:4 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.116.4.NASB

Our salvation only comes from God. We must turn to Him and allow Him to continue to move and work in and through us. Even when we can’t see Him, He is still there. Call to Him, He answers.