Christian Devotional – September 18, 2018

Why should we praise God? Psalm 150 lists several reasons.

Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
Psalms 150:2 NASB

This verse seems to really sum up the reasons to praise God. First, we should praise Him for what he does. His mighty deeds are truly amazing for all that God does is phenomenal. Second, we should praise him for who he is. The character of God is perfect and wonderful. All that he does is a reflection of who he is. We should feel thankful and grateful praising him for who he is. Are we praising God today?

Christian Devotional – September 17, 2018

Do anyone love me? We’ve all thought that before and we have all wondered what God truly thinks of us. Go loves us and seecwhat He says in Psalm 149.

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.
Psalms 149:4 NASB

God takes pleasure in us and He will beautify us as we turn to Him. We have all wanted to be loved and considered beautiful by someone. And, we have all wondered what God thinks. Well, here it is. God desires us and He finds pleasure in us. The question then becomes, do we find pleasure in Him?

Christian Devotional – September 16, 2018

God is worthy of praise. Most of us would agree with that statement. However, the statement that God is worthy of praise alone is often more difficult for us. Read Psalm 148.

Let them praise the name of the Lord , For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven.
Psalms 148:13 NASB

We often acknowledge that God is worthy of praise, but then we like to add ourselves in as well and receive praise, too. But, we are not worthy of praise, only God. The rest of creation recognizes that He is worthy of praise and gives it and then gets out of the way, but we sometimes try to hang around and get praise, too. As we go through today, give God the praise He is due, and then get out of the way because He is worthy of praise alone.

Christian Devotional – September 15, 2018

Do you praise God? Whether it’s singing or praying or just talking to Him, you can praise God. See what the psalmist says in Psalm 147.

Praise the Lord ! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming.
Psalms 147:1 NASB

God deserves our praise, but praising God is not just for His benefit, but also for ours. Praising God is for our own good as well. Do we know where our praise belongs? Do we spend time praising God?

Christian Devotional – September 13, 2018

Need some encouragement? Check out this passage from Psalm 146.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord raises up those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous;
Psalms 146:8 NASB

The Lord is there for those who seek Him. He does not forget about us and He doesn’t ignore us. He gives us exactly what we need when we need it. Don’t lose hope. God knows your needs and is working to bring about His glory through you!

Christian Devotional – September 12, 2018

How would others describe you? If asked about how you relate to others or how you impact others, what would they say? See how the psalmist describes God in Psalm 145.

The Lord is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
Psalms 145:8 NASB

If we are to be like the Lord, these words should also describe us. God his gracious and merciful and He is slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. As we grow to become more like Him everyday, would others describe us as gracious and merciful? Do others see us as slow to anger and great in lovingkindness? If these do not describe our actions, then we need to spend more time allowing God to work in and through us in our lives everyday. We are to be a reflection of Him today.

Christian Devotional – September 11, 2018

Do you know what you are worth? Many people have either an over-inflated sense of self importance, or they don’t think they are worth anything. Interestingly, the right answer is found in the middle. Read Psalm 144 and see the question below.

O Lord , what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You think of him?
Psalms 144:3 NASB

This question is a great reminder of the balance. We are not the center of the universe and we need to remember that. I we are asking this question, then we recognize that God is greater and more amazing than we are. However, when we answer the question, that’s when we see the balance. What is man? We are His creation that is deeply loved by God. He desires us and wants us. That is where our worth and our value come from. Do we see ourselves as God sees us? Do we seek after the One who seeks after us?

Christian Devotional – September 10, 2018

Trust. This small word can make or break relationships. People who are trustworthy are highly sought after as friends and confidants. God is truly the only One who is absolutely trustworthy. See what Psalm 143 says.

Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul.
Psalms 143:8 NASB

Sharing with God and seeking after Him should be a natural impulse, knowing that He is worthy of our trust. We need His lovingkindness. We need His instruction. He is the one who lifts us up and we are to listen for His voice to obey. Does that describe our relationship with God? If not, are we really trusting Him the way He deserves?

Christian Devotional – September 8, 2018

Feel trapped? Some of life’s circumstances can give that feeling of no way out. Still, God always has the key to a way out. Read Psalm chapter 142.

“Bring my soul out of prison, So that I may give thanks to Your name; The righteous will surround me, For You will deal bountifully with me.”
Psalms 142:7 NASB

Here the psalmist knows where deliverance comes from. He also knows why God would deliver him. He wants to be able to praise God for doing something amazing. He prays for help, knowing that God’s character will always seek to do what is best. Do we seek Him when we feel trapped? Do we praise Him when He breaks us free?

Christian Devotional – September 7, 2018

Ever say something you wish you hadn’t? If you’re like most people, the answer is “all the time!” The psalmist knew that feeling, too, which is why her wrote this is Psalm 141.

Set a guard, O Lord , over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.
Psalms 141:3 NASB

Seriously, I could probably us a small army to help me guard my mouth and the words that come out of it. What we say is a powerful reflection of what we truly think. As we seek to follow Christ more and more every day, the words that we say should be a direct reflection of His words. Do our words build up or tear down? Do we stop ourselves when we are tempted to say things that are mean or hurtful? Do we ask God to put a guard over our mouths?