Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 08-29-23

Intro: Sometimes as we think about God, we may confess his involvement in creation is perplexing and quite the mystery for our human minds. The one thing we should believe and understand is that God is sovereign and therefore, always in control of his creation. He wisely directs the course of the universe, the world, and all creation, and he justly determines the way to salvation. He has put everything into place in order to connect himself with human beings and provide for victorious living. Therefore, the proper response to God should always be praise.

Praise (Heb: shabach—shaw-bakh’) means to loudly commend or glorify God in a voice of triumph. We can praise God through prayer, singing, writing, serving others, evangelizing, and much more. Obviously, singing is a very popular way to praise the Lord. In fact, a doxology is a short hymn of praise; a way to verbalize the glory of the Lord who brings us spiritual victory.

In our passage today, the Apostle Paul uses verses from the Book of Job to write a doxology and exhorts God’s people to “shabach” praise and glorify the Lord (36:22). As believers, we serve the King of Glory—the Lord strong and mighty in our lives (Ps 24:8). The Lord is the revealed glory of God and one day he will reveal a whole new level of that glory when he returns to set up his Kingdom. Then, we will know as fact what has been a mystery. So, let’s choose to praise the Lord, today, and tell someone about him!

Romans 11:33-36 NLT
33 Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!
For who can know the Lord’s thoughts?    Who knows enough to give him advice?
And who has given him so much    that he needs to pay it back?
36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.

Prayer: Lord, we praise your name in all the world and proclaim our victory in you. How wonderful to serve you—the One who has absolute power and wisdom. We trust you to take care of us, Lord, no matter what storms come our way. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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