Good morning my friends! It is good to be back from Manitoba. Let me just say, Steinbach is actually quite a lovely small’ish town, but Winnipeg really is a different experience. The touristy parts of the city are nice, but overall it is a very confusing city. The main detraction though: THE ROADS! I thought my teeth were going to rattle out of my head a couple of times! I honestly began to wonder how people kept shocks in their cars or how they kept the alignment. So rough.
Enough about Winnipeg. Psalms 111-118. By and large, these Psalms are all about praise and thanksgiving. Praise for God’s works, his grace and compassion, his mercy and help for those in need, his deliverance from slavery and his victory in battle. Perhaps as you read through these verses you can begin to offer up your own praise to God in the areas mentioned in these verses. What has God worked in your life lately? What work of deliverance, mercy or compassion have you experienced? When was the last time God set you free from slavery (in the spiritual, financial, relational sense)? What about victory; over a sin, a habit, an enemy?
When was the last time you simply praised God for who he is? If you read through those Psalms again, notice all of the words used to describe God. Notice all of the ways his Sovereignty and Majesty are described. Notice his command of the earth, the heavens and everything in them. And then think of this: all of who God is, his Sovereignty, his Majesty, his compassion, his mercy, his ability to make the earth tremble and melt mountains, his mighty voice that speaks truth, his mighty hand that lifts the needy from the ashes; all of who God is IS FOR YOU! He is interested in your life; interested in your hurts, interested in your pains, interested in bringing you victory and freedom and joy and truth.
Some of will you recoil from that truth. Some of you will read those words and think: I don’t deserve that. I don’t deserve God’s attention, I don’t deserve God’s compassion, God’s might working for my good. Let me share with you the thing that stuck out for me from this past weekend (not the only thing that stuck out, but the one that has had a great impact on me): when it comes to God working in my life or yours, when it comes to Jesus dying on the cross to take our sin and transform our lives, you and I are not worthy of it. But we are totally and completely worth it.
Not worthy of it, but God assures us in the Bible that we are completely worth it.
Now…praise the Lord!
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: 1 Kings 1-2, Psalm 37, 71 & 94