“One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, o God, are strong.” (Psalm 62:11)
The worshiper’s inspiration caused him to reflect on two aspects of God: power and love. The writer, probably reflecting at the Temple or shrine in worship, struggled to understand God’s power in relationship to His intervention in the lives of human beings. The proclamation of God’s word brought assurance of God’s love and strength. The psalmist was concerned to know God as revealed in his power to save and in His nature to love and not destroy.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, the psalmist was struggling with the concept of Your power, mixed with Your love for humanity. It would be easy for You to simply set things straight, but You are more concerned for us to come to the understanding of Your love and the power it holds, as it relates to our relationship with Your. Abba, You are more concerned with our understanding of Your love for us, than in commanding to love You in return. You give us a free choice to accept You through Your Son, our Savior, or in rejecting You, as the choice is completely ours to make, but the consequences are also ours to live with as well. It in Christ’s name that we pray. Amen
“The Lord abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight.” (Proverbs 11:1)
God’s laws reveal not only what people should do but also who God is. Laws against unjust business practices (Deut. 25:13-16) reveal the righteousness of the God behind the laws. Proverbial sayings can teach law in a memorable way that may have more effect than formal laws.
Dishonesty is the opposite of the character traits God calls for and honors: justice, mercy, loving-kindness, righteousness. If we use dishonesty to supply material needs, we need to ask God for wisdom to put life back in perspective.
“The Lord tears down the proud man’s house but he keeps the widow’s boundaries intact. The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of he pure are pleasing to him. A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.” (Proverbs 15:25-27)
By declaring what God is pleased and displeased with, the writer revealed the nature and will of God. He is a God who rejects pride, supports the weak, despises divided loyalties, and blesses the undivided heart. Not only deeds but the very thoughts of people determine their relationship with God.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“‘Abba, Father’ he said, ‘everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.’” (Mark 14:36)
I have read this scripture verse many times and yet every time I read it, I am struck by the humanness of Jesus as he talking with our God. I transpose myself over Jesus in the Garden and He is about to endure a terrific time of humiliation, torture and ultimately His life. The Son was agonizing with the Father, struggling from His human side to avoid the maximum price if possible. Yet, the fully obedient Lord was prepared to give Himself totally, for He came to fulfill the revealed will of the Father.
Jesus’ commitment to the will of the Father is to the basic characteristic of the kingdom of God. Such commitment makes the sovereign rule of God a reality in the lives of His people. Jesus embraced His death, as it was the only way to save you and me. This makes it a little more personal, but it no less true. Three days later, Jesus was resurrected, fully and finally defeating Satan for He has power even over death. One day He will return in His full glory. Are you ready? Have you accepted Him?