The Lord redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:22)

Christian believers are confident of the deliverance which comes from God and His faitful ones need not fear condemnation. God’s redemption and freedom from condemnation are equated in the text. Redemption is available to those who take refue in God alone. He gives special blessings to those who follow Him. The life of the servant of God may require hardship and pain, but God cares for His own, providing abundant spiritual blessings.


Precious Abba, today we lift up the discipline of serving our Lord. For those who place their lives, their souls, and their hearts in God’s hands, He is abundantly faithful to them and responds to them with spiritual blessings, beyond that which this world offers. It is out honor to serve our Lord in any way we can, and praise Him for the opportunity. This we ask in Jesus’ name, our Lord and Savior. Amen


The cross is God’s compass pointing to heaven.”


This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel says: ‘I will send for my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and I will set his throne over these stones I have buried here; he will spread his royal canopy above them.’” (Jeremiah 43:10)

Beloved God can use even the most unlikely people to serve Him. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, sought to destroy Jerusalem and Judah. The Lord used Nebuchadnezzar’s greed for plunder and power to punish rebellious Judah. He even promised Nebuchadnezzar power in Egypt to punish the rebellious Jews there. In this sense, Nebuchadnezzar could be called the servant of the Lord (25:9). Like the nation of Assyria (Isaiah 10:5-19) and Cyrus (Isaiah 45:4), the Lord used Nebuchadnezzar to serve Him, even though Nebuchadnezzar did not know the Lord.


“Now our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on you desolate sanctuary. Give ear, O God and hear; pen your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.” (Daniel 9:17-19)

In crises God’s servants depend on His mercy. We ask for forgiveness as we look for deliverance. God forgives sin for His name’s sake as well as for our sake. Believers who use God’s personal name indicate they belong to God and to represent His name to the world. He seeks to cleanse and forgive so His name will be seen as pure and holy by the world.


They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ But they kept quiet because on the way they argued about who was the greatest among them. Siting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.’ He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.’” (Luke 9:33-37)

Beloved, greatness in the kingdom is judged by how we receive the weak and powerless. Anyone will accept those who can reward us, but the great ones in the kingdom receive those who cannot give a reward. We live in God’s kingdom as we show God’s love to those who do not know love. When we seek to build a kingdom of power for ourselves, we have forsaken God’s way, and taken the way of the world.

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