Intro: During this Lenten season, every devotional will begin with a quote from C.S. Lewis (author and theologian), followed by two readings: 1) A passage from the Psalter and 2) a writing from one of the Old Testament prophets or New Testament authors. We will look at both passages as a whole through the fulfilling work and wisdom of Christ—Truth.
All that we do and say must be for the glory of God…if it is not for the Most High God, then it is in alignment with the one who rules this world, and he is Satan.
“All our merely natural activities will be accepted, if they are offered to God, even the humblest, and all of them, even the noblest, will be sinful if they are not.”
(C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory)
During yesterday’s time of worship, we looked at the first two verses of Psalm 91 and today we will look at some more verses. I mentioned that the traditional Jewish thought is that Moses might have written Psalm 91 during the 40 years of the Israelites wandering in the wilderness. Since there is no title, the author remains unknown, and others believe it shares some of the similar messaging found in a few of the Psalms written by King David.
Either way, the author repeats the promise of deliverance and the assurance of victory as long as you and I make the Lord our refuge in all that we do and say. When we are living our lives fully for the Lord He promises to rescue us, to be with us, and to reward us.
Psalm 91:9-16 (NLT)
9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”
I read that as Christians we live as “the already but the not just yet”…meaning we are already redeemed, but not just yet completely redeemed. So, we must wait with both patience and eagerness for our resurrected bodies and our completion into the Heavenly realm of all Eternity with Jesus. In the meantime, while we know that all that we do and say must be for the glory of God, the Apostle Paul reminds us that we desperately need the Holy Spirit’s help because we have moments (and sometimes, we have many moments) of weakness. None of us are exempt from weakness, and so we need what the Holy Spirit does for us, in us, and through us because He is always in alignment with God’s will and His plan for our lives. We must remember that God uses ALL things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose for them (v. 28).
As Pastor Mary reminded us yesterday, we need to let Jesus drive the car of our lives. He wants what is best for us, and in that highest place no one can ever be against us. Even when (not if, but when) they are against us, we have peace (shalom) because the Highest God is for us, so nothing anyone says or does matters above the love of our God.
Romans 8:26-34 (NLT)
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
Prayer: Jesus, please help me to do things that are in alignment with what You would do, and please help me to say things that You would say. I want my actions and words to glorify Your Holy Name. Please forgive me for not allowing the Holy Spirit free rein over my actions and words all of the time. Help me, Father, to press into You so that You can nudge me to call on the Holy Spirit more and more, and to trust the direction He is guiding for my life. I ask all of this in Your Holy Name, Jesus. Amen.