Christian Devotional – June 23, 2018

Do we come to God in the morning? When we come, do we expect much from him? See Psalm 90.

O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness, That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Psalms 90:14 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.90.14.NASB

God is the one who satisfies and He is the one that gives us a reason to rejoice and be glad. If we are not coming to him or don’t truly know Him, then it is difficult to experience the joy that comes from Him. Are we seeking our joy from Him every morning?

Christian Devotional – June 20, 2018

Do we praise God? Sure, we can talk about the words that have come out of our mouth, but have we truly and honestly spent time praising, glorifying, and exalting our God for who He is? Read Psalm 89.

I will sing of the lovingkindness of the Lord forever; To all generations I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth.
Psalms 89:1 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.89.1.NASB

Forever. The psalmist is going to sing, not just once, but forever of all that the Lord has done. Then, that song is not just for himself, he is singing that song for all generations. He desires that everyone know about all that God has done for him. Are we the same? What has God done for you? Are you shouting that to all generations?

Christian Devotional – June 19, 2018

Do we cry out to God? As we are seeking Him each day, do we actually “seek” after Him, or are we just sort of hoping that we will stumble across His will for us. See Psalm chapter 88.

O Lord , the God of my salvation, I have cried out by day and in the night before You. Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry!
Psalms 88:1‭-‬2 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.88.1-2.NASB

There is urgency and desperation in here. The psalmist knows that unless he finds and walks with God, he is sunk. Do we seek after God with that level of intensity?  If not, why not? He is able to save and protect and sustain. The question is whether we will let him.

Christian Devotional – June 18, 2018

God dwells in glory. When the psalmist describes the city of God, he can only list the praises he has for it.

Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. Selah.
Psalms 87:3 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.87.3.NASB

As Christ dwells in our heart and life, they are to be a reflection of Christ. As we go through our day, Christ is to be glorified in all that we say snd do. Would our lives be described as the psalmist describes the dwelling place of God?

Christian Devotional – June 15, 2018

What do we know about the character of God? When we think of his personality, what traits do we think of? In Psalm 86 gives us some insight into God and his qualities.

But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.
Psalms 86:15 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.86.15.NASB

Knowing that God’s character is made of these qualities, how well do we reflect these to others? Are we willing to be merciful and gracious to others? Would people describe us as slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth? If not, then are we truly allowing Christ to live in and through us every day?

Christian Devotional – June 13, 2018

Do we listen to God? Do we listen for God? See what the psalmist says in Psalm 85.

I will hear what God the Lord will say; For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones; But let them not turn back to folly.
Psalms 85:8 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.85.8.NASB

God will speak peace to us. He will keep us from turning back to folly and sin. We have a choice each day what voices we listen to. Will we choose to listen to the voice that is speaking peace?

Christian Devotional – June 12, 2018

What am I willing to sacrifice for the opportunity to be in God’s presence? The Lord is gracious, but he will not force oeople to come to him. Yet there us nothing like experiencing God. It is what led the psalmist to say this from Psalm 84.

For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Psalms 84:10 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.84.10.NASB

Knowing what God does and provides for his people, we realize that just being near him is better than the best thing we can think of and not having God. What are we willing to sacrifice so that we will be close to God? What is there that is standing in the way of our willingness to commit everything to him?

Christian Devotional – June 9, 2018

Why does God do things to try and get people’s attention? When we are going through tough times and struggling with people who are not treating us correctly, why do we pray for God to get their attention?  The answer is in Psalm 83.

Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever, And let them be humiliated and perish, That they may know that You alone, whose name is the Lord , Are the Most High over all the earth.
Psalms 83:17‭-‬18 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.83.17-18.NASB

Even after praying that the evil people are humiliated, the psalmist goes on the explain that is so the people will come to know God and fear and reverence him. Do we desire the people who frustrate us to become believers? Are we wanting God to work in them so they are destroyed or so they come to know God? Our desire is to see everyone come to know God and experience all that He has to offer.

Christian Devotional – June 7, 2018

No one wants to be judged. No one wants to have to stand up under the thought that things are not going the way they should be. Yet, God is the one who has the responsibility to judge the people as he is the only one who created them and knows them. See psalm 82.

Arise, O God, judge the earth! For it is You who possesses all the nations.
Psalms 82:8 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.82.8.NASB

Because of who he is and his relationship with us, God has the right and the responsibility to judge us and to hold us accountable to his standards of truth. We will be judged by him at some point. Are we ready and prepared for that? Do we know how we will respond when we are standing face to face with God and asked to account for all we have done.?

Christian Devotional – June 6, 2018

“Fake it ’til you make it.” This popular phrase has been discused by many as a way to help people move toward being something that they aren’t already. Personally, I am not a fan of this idea. Being genuine is of great importance, see Psalm 81.

“Those who hate the Lord would pretend obedience to Him, And their time of punishment would be forever.
Psalms 81:15 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.81.15.NASB

God values sincerity as well. God knows there will be people who pretend to value him and follow him. He knows that those people are actually not really following him. Since God knows the hearts of everyone, he’s not fooled by any of this and those people will have their reward. Are we genuinely seeking to know him more and better every day? Our obedience to him comes from our love for him, nothing else.