Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 1-29-21

Psalm 111:4-10 Passage continues…

He causes us to remember his wonderful works.
    How gracious and merciful is our Lord!

He gives food to those who fear him;
    he always remembers his covenant.

He has shown his great power to his people
    by giving them the lands of other nations.

All he does is just and good,
    and all his commandments are trustworthy.

They are forever true,
    to be obeyed faithfully and with integrity.

He has paid a full ransom for his people.
    He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever.
    What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has!
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Fear [respect] of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom.
    All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom.
Praise him forever!

As we continue in our passage today from Psalm 111, the psalmist declares more of Father God’s glory [the tangible manifestation of his presence] and perfect love for his children. Let’s be honest, when life gets challenging, sometimes we forget the blessings we have experienced in the past. Maybe it’s hard to focus beyond the obstacles before us. These challenges can seem large and insurmountable, but remember nothing is impossible for God in whom we must place our faith. And, it is impossible to please God without using our faith, because we must believe he exists and that he rewards those who seek him [Heb. 11:6].

Sometimes life seems to come with what I will refer to as a holy ease; times when we feel no resistance from our flesh, the world, or Satan as we follow the Spirit. However, there are other times when we are going to need to take spiritual authority over the darkness that tries to creep into our lives or the lives of our loved ones and friends. We must recognize the intense scope of the challenge involved and know it is a spiritual battle for dominion. Warfare between spiritual forces in the heavenly realm [holy angels of glory vs. demonic angels of darkness] precedes glorious spiritual victories on earth [Eph. 6:12]. We must pray, put on our spiritual armor, and rise up in faith to grow up!

We grow spiritually because Father God helps us remember his faithfulness. The Spirit brings good things from the past to our remembrance, so we will look for the Lord to bring us victory again. We must rest in this Truth: God always remembers the covenant he made with us in Christ. In response, we must remember and obey his commandments because our obedience leads us into greater levels of Wisdom and Truth. So, today, let’s give honor, respect, and glory to our faithful Lord who’s goodness always overtakes us in order to bring the next victory.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for always remembering your promises. Help me to keep my end of the covenant, by reflecting on your goodness that has always been present with me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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