Unto You, O Lord!

Today’s reading is Psalm 25.

The previous psalm explained that whoever lifts up his soul to what is false is not allowed to ascend the holy hill of Yahweh. As if in response, this psalm begins with a clear “To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.” In the previous psalm, this kind of person would receive blessing and righteousness from the Lord. In this psalm, the psalmist is asking the Lord to hold true to His word. “Let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.” However, it is more than a request, it is also a confident assertion. “Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame.” He ends this psalm the same place he begins. His foes are many. They are violent and hateful. But he takes refuge in the Lord and waits on Him. Therefore, he asks and expects the Lord to guard his soul and keep him from shame. Today, we recognize that suffering and struggle, whether from enemies or from some other source, isn’t an indication of shame nor does it lead to shame. Paul tells us our suffering produces endurance, our endurance produces character, character produces hope, and our hope does not put us to shame. Further, we are confident this is true because God’s love has been poured into our hearts and the Holy Spirit has been given to us (Romans 5:3-5). The next time you sing “Unto thee, O Lord,” remember there is no shame with the Lord. Praise the Lord!

Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 25.

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Give Thanks with Your Whole Heart

Today’s reading is Psalm 9.

The greatest commandment is, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” That kind of love produces a certain kind of praise, a certain kind of giving thanks (depending on your translation). “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.” David gives thanks from and with his entire being. He holds nothing back. There are no reservations, no resignations, no caveats, no exceptions. He isn’t going to give begrudging thanks, holding some back because this is just fulfilling a checklist, act-of-worship requirement. He isn’t going to give momentary thanks, holding some back because he wants to wait and see how tomorrow is going to turn out. He isn’t going to give partial thanks, holding some back because not everything he has ever asked for has been granted. David fully commits to thanksgiving and praise. I need to do the same today. How about you?

Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 9.

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Glorify God In Your Body

Today’s reading is 1 Corinthians 6.

What a blessing. We are members of Christ. We are part of Him. He has purchased us by His own blood. He has purchased us soul and body. We must not think being a Christian simply means being spiritual in our thinking and in our hearts. We must seek to glorify God not only in our hearts and minds, but also with our bodies, doing His will, shining His light through our behavior and conduct. Let us glorify God with our bodies today.

Tomorrow’s reading is 1 Corinthians 7.

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