Christian Devotional – September 6, 2018

Unfortunately, there are wicked people in the world. There are people who would love nothing more than to see us crumble and fall. Yet, the psalmist prays for help dealing with them. Read Psalm chapter 140.

Keep me, O Lord , from the hands of the wicked; Preserve me from violent men Who have purposed to trip up my feet.
Psalms 140:4 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.140.4.NASB

When we encounter people who seem only interested in our destruction, how do we respond? Do we get angry and fight back, or do we bring it to the Lord? God will defend us and will preserve our integrity through all that He brings us through. Are we coming to Him first?

Christian Devotional – September 5, 2018

Do we really want God to search us? We’ve heard the focus of how God knows us better than we know ourselves and many of us have heard the verses from Psalm 139.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.
Psalms 139:23‭-‬24 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.139.23-24.NASB

But, do we really want God to search us? Do we really desire for Him to look through every thought that we have and every way that we act? Granted, God already knows that whether we want Him to or not. The question becomes whether we are willing to open up our life to Him so that He can clean out the parts that don’t look like Him. The last part of that verse explains that it is not just about God searching us, but about Him taking what He finds and leading us.

Christian Devotional – September 4, 2018

God answers prayer. We may not always agree with how He answered it, but God answers prayer. See what the psalmist wrote in Psalm 138.

On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.
Psalms 138:3 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.138.3.NASB

Not only did He answer the psalmist, but He gave him boldness and strength. God knows what we need to face the experiences of life and He has everything we need in abundance. Will we ask Him for what we need, to do what He has called us to do?

Christian Devotional – September 3, 2018

Sometimes we don’t know what we have until it’s gone. The psalmist expressed that very feeling when he sat down and wrote Psalm 137.

For there our captors demanded of us songs, And our tormentors mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”
Psalms 137:3 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.137.3.NASB

The song is taken from the days of captivity, after Jerusalem was captured and the people were exported to Babylon. Even while in captivity their captors tormented them by asking them to sing the songs of Jerusalem. What bitter memories that must have invoked! It reminded them of all the wonderful things that they had, but that they had lost because they had failed to obey God.

The consequences of sin are difficult. But the memory of the blessing of God can sometimes also be difficult. Knowing what we should be doing, and choosing not to do it can create amazing sense of regret. We must decide that we want to follow Christ for eternal rewards and not just seek temporary gains. Will we choose to follow him in obedience today or will we experience the regret of looking back and wishing we had?

Christian Devotional – September 1, 2018

God does great wonders. He does amazing things that I don’t understand and can’t explain. See Psalm 136.

To Him who alone does great wonders, For His lovingkindness is everlasting;
Psalms 136:4 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.136.4.NASB

Now, sometimes they don’t feel like great things in the moment. Sometimes they feel hard and difficult. But He is great and so the things that He does are great. Are we expecting great things from him? Do we seek after Him and give Him praise for what He does and is doing?

Christian Devotional – August 31, 2018

What is God doing? I know I’ve asked that question on several occasions. God and I have had long talks about what in the world he is doing 🙂 Still, God is not randomly choosing to do some things and to avoid others. They are all part of his grand plan and design. See what the psalmist said in Psalm 135.

Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.
Psalms 135:6 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.135.6.NASB

God does the things that please him and those are part of the overall plan that he has. He desires to see people turn to him and to seek him. Do we desire the things that God desires?

Christian Devotional – August 30, 2018

Who are all the overnight workers? It can be a difficult and sometimes thankless role to work overnight. Yet, in many cases it is of vital importance to the things that get done during the day. The psalmist calls them out specifically for blessing from the Lord in Psalm 134.

Behold, bless the Lord , all servants of the Lord , Who serve by night in the house of the Lord !
Psalms 134:1 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.134.1.NASB

Are you thankful for the people who work behind the scenes, helping out to do all that needs to be done? God never sleeps. He is still there for those people who carry on and carry through the night, serving Him. Do we show them the appreciation they deserve?

Christian Devotional – August 29, 2018

Unity. Such a small little word with amazingly huge potential. Also, it is amazingly difficult at times. See what the psalmist says in Psalm 133.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!
Psalms 133:1 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.133.1.NASB

It is most certainly good and pleasant, it’s just not easy. Having unity means being intentional about actions, words, everything. Unity doesn’t just happen, it is created by the focus of all the individuals involved. Are we intentionally seeking unity in our relationships? Are we seeking unity based of the truth of Jesus Christ?

Christian Devotional – August 28, 2018

Do we get excited about praising and worshipping the Lord? We have an amazing opportunity to do so and the psalmist knew it. See what is written in Psalm 132.

Let us go into His dwelling place; Let us worship at His footstool.
Psalms 132:7 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.132.7.NASB

There is great praise and desire to go into the presence of God. When we have that opportunity, do we get as excited about it as the psalmist did? God is the Creator of the world and we have a chance to come into his presence and worship him. Do we look forward to this opportunity?

Christian Devotional – August 25, 2018

Child-like faith is a subject that is frequently talked about in the Bible. But what does that look like? See Psalm 131.

O Lord , my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me.
Psalms 131:1 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/psa.131.1.NASB

The psalm goes on to talk about resting like a weaned child in its mother’s lap. When we are resting in God, we have faith that he will take care of every situation. We are content simply to be with him. In that situation, we can’t be proud or haughty. We don’t try to involve ourselves in things that are bigger then we are. We are content simply to be with the one who made us and the one who loves us. Are we content be where God has us, when God has us there?