Christian Devotional – June 5, 2018

What do you need most? If you were asked what you biggest and most desperate need is, what would you say? For the Psalmist in Psalm 80, he recognizes his need for God.

O God, restore us And cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.
Psalms 80:3 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.80.3.NASB

No matter what we think we need, what we really need is God. We need his mercy and his love and his provision each and every day. Is that what we ask for? Do we seek to find more and more of him every day? That is what we really need.

Christian Devotional – June 3, 2018

We all want to belong somewhere. We want to be included and feel like we are part of a team. When we belong to Jesus, we are part of His family. Read Psalm 79.

So we Your people and the sheep of Your pasture Will give thanks to You forever; To all generations we will tell of Your praise.
Psalms 79:13 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.79.13.NASB

We are his people. We are his sheep in hus pasture. We belong in him. That is certainly something to praise God for! It doesn’t matter whether we feel that way or not, we belong when we are in Christ.

Christian Devotional – May 31, 2018

Forgiveness. We all desperately need to be forgiven from the sins that we have done. The people of Israel needed that as well, and they also needed to remember all that God had done for them. Psalm 78 is a history lesson complete with the forgiveness of God.

But He, being compassionate, forgave their iniquity and did not destroy them; And often He restrained His anger And did not arouse all His wrath.
Psalms 78:38 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.78.38.NASB

Do we take the time to remember the things we have gone through and how God has moved in our lives to be there for us? God is compassionate and he is willing to forgive us if we will turn to him and commit ourselvesto him. Do we recognize the past God plays in all that we have been through? Do we praise him for all that he does?

Christian Devotional May 30, 2018

Do we stop and consider all that God has done? Do we praise him for it? See Psalm 77.

I will meditate on all Your work And muse on Your deeds. Your way, O God, is holy; What god is great like our God?
Psalms 77:12‭-‬13 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.77.12-13.NASB

God is great and mighty and if we will stop and think about all that he does, we will have plenty to praise him for. God is truly like no other and he is deserving of all our praise and our decision to lift him up and follow him. Will we lift him up and praise him?

Christian Devotional – May 28, 2018

God is worthy of praise. See Psalm 76.

You are resplendent, More majestic than the mountains of prey.
Psalms 76:4 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.76.4.NASB

Everything about God is worthy of praise. He is the one who is the most beautiful, the most wonderful, the most amazing that we will ever have the opportunity to interact with. Do we recognize his splendor? Do we praise him for all that he is and all that he does? What does your praise need to look like to him today?

Christian Devotional – May 27, 2018

Any decision-makers here?  The ability to make good decisions is often praised by friends, family, and employers alike. Yet what does The Bible have to say about making decisions? Read Psalms 75.

But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.
Psalms 75:7 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.75.7.NASB

Ultimately, God is the one who makes decisions. He is the one who has the final say over anything and everything that we experience in this life. Do we seek his guidance? Do we respect his decisions? If we find ourselves constantly questioning why God allows the things that he does, we need to re evaluate if we are truly allowing him to be God or if we’re trying to be God. God is the judge. He makes decisions on other people’s lives. Not us.

Christian Devotional – May 25, 2018

How important is our name? Some people love their name; others hate their name. We give ourselves and others nicknames at times. The Lord also had a name and his name is above every other name, yet not everyone treats his name that way. Read Psalm 74.

Remember this, O Lord , that the enemy has reviled, And a foolish people has spurned Your name.
Psalms 74:18 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.74.18.NASB

We can tell who is a friend and follower of Christ by how they treat his name. Do they curse with it? Do they speak with it in love? Do they drag it through the mud oir use it sarcastically? If others were watching you and evaluated your Christian walk by how you use the name of God, whay would they think about you? Choose today to reverence and respect the name of God.

Christian Devotional – May 23, 2018

God is the one who fights the battles. He is the one who provides victory. As a result, He is the one who decides when the right time to move is, so sometimes that is not when we are expecting him to move. See Psalm 74.

Remember this, O Lord , that the enemy has reviled, And a foolish people has spurned Your name.
Psalms 74:18 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.74.18.NASB

The Psalmist is reminding God of all that the enemy has done as a way to help move him on toward action. God moves because of his own glory and his own name. Do we glorify his name to others?

Christian Devotional – May 22, 2018

It’s hard watching evil people seem to prosper and to be rewarded for doing things thst we know to be wrong.  It doesn’t seem fair and it can make it feel like all the good things we try to do in obedience to the Lord don’t count. Read Psalm 73.

When I pondered to understand this, It was troublesome in my sight Until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end.
Psalms 73:16‭-‬17 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.73.16-17.NASB

Asaph felt that way too. He wondered why he had spent so much time and energy to be obedient to God when it seems like the evil people have more fun. Then comes verses 16 and 17. Those who live in rebellion to God have simply traded temporary pleasure for eternal pain. They are receiving their reward now, but we will look to receive our reward externally. This time that we spent here is nothing compared to the time that we will have in eternity. Are we living for the here and now or for the eternal?

Christian Devotional – May 21, 2018

May God’s glory spread through the whole earth. We will generally say this and will see all that God does, but do we truly mean what we pray? Read Psalm 72.

And blessed be His glorious name forever; And may the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen, and Amen.
Psalms 72:19 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.72.19.NASB

So what do we envision when we pray for God’s glory to fill the earth? Have you ever thought about it?   When we think God’s glory, we know how amazing and powerful it is, but also how life changing it is. God’s glory through the whole Earth would change everything about the Earth.  Are we ready for that change? When we think about what everything would look like with God being glorified, do we truly desire to see Him lifted up or do we actually desire to see ourselves lifted up?