Daily Devotional from Jen Auer 01-16-23

During yesterday’s sermon, we were reminded that we are a part of God’s divine design. We looked back at the very beginning, in Genesis 1, on “The Account of Creation”, where the Holy Trinity (God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit) as One, created males and females in their image (v.26-27). Then, we moved over to Psalm 139, where King David talked about how God knitted him together in his mother’s womb, and how God saw him before he was born (v.13-16). David praised God for making him so wonderfully complex, it was beyond what his human mind could comprehend; nevertheless, he had a spiritual understanding of the Truth that God knew everything about him because God knew his heart. He even began Psalm 139 with “O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.” (v.1)

In today’s passage of Psalm 40, David takes us back to the sacrifices and offerings of the old system that God had set for His people within the Old Testament to atone for their sins. You and I no longer live under the old system, as Jesus was the only sinless sacrifice Who qualified to bear the weight of our sin on the cross as a substitute for the old sacrificial system. Remember, King David lived many generations before Jesus walked the earth, yet David’s heart for the Lord, understood that He did not require burnt offerings or sin offerings. He knew that God’s instructions were written on his heart, and that those instructions of the “Good News” were not meant to be kept hidden in his heart but were meant to be shared. King David a man “after God’s own heart”, had a spiritual awareness of Jesus without human knowledge of him. It was mentioned yesterday that Jesus is within every part of the Bible, and that is because Jesus existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through Him, the Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought Light to everyone. No darkness can ever extinguish the Light of Christ. (John 1:1-5) Friends, as containers of the Light of Christ, and by His unfailing love for us, we must ask the Holy Spirit to empower our faith so that we may share the Good News of Christ with everyone!

Psalm 40:6-10 NLT

6 You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings.
Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand
you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings.

7 Then I said, “Look, I have come.
As is written about me in the Scriptures:

8 I take joy in doing your will, my God,
for your instructions are written on my heart.”

9 I have told all your people about your justice.
I have not been afraid to speak out,
as you, O Lord, well know.

10 I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart;
I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power.
I have told everyone in the great assembly
of your unfailing love and faithfulness.

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for creating me. Help to cleanse me, Lord, each day so that Your Word can instruct my heart and bring me closer to You. Open doors so that I can share Your unfailing love with at least one person each day. Keep me growing in Your Word. I ask all of this in Your Name, Jesus. Amen.

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