We are taking a break from our study in the Book of Mark and offer these daily devotionals from the Book of Psalms in the interim. Each day, please read the chapter referenced, focusing on the verses provided below. We will resume our study of Mark next week.
The Safety of the Faithful
1Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. 2How long ,O you sons of men, Will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? Psalm 4:1-2
Ever feel as though you are entering a day you are not sure you will exit? In other words, you’re not sure you can make it through this day. It is in these times in particular that we should rejoice in our Savior, for His Word and His Wisdom to encourage us and direct our thoughts and actions.
It can begin with the fact that the only reason we have a worthy standing (position) before the Lord is His imputed righteousness. Indeed, we are no different from any of the 7.5 billion inhabitants on this planet, other than we are recipients of His righteousness. Our sins have been redeemed (paid in full) by the Lord Jesus Christ in that He has taken our sins away, having nailed them to the cross. Therefore, our perseverance is pre-directed on His faithfulness. It is in the context of His mercy that we can rest assured He hears us when we call on Him.
He directs our thoughts to our ever-present need of Him. In these moments He becomes as real as the sunrise and we can catch glimpses of who He is. This awareness can serve as a “game changer” in setting us out on a day that becomes a new adventure. What a way to live and to experience a day of joy that leads to an evening of real rest.
In this New Year direct your thoughts to Him and He will give you peace and rest.