Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 5-31-21

Psalm 20:7-9

Some find their strength in their weapons and wisdom,
    but my miracle-deliverance can never be won by men.
    Our boast is in Yahweh our God,
    who makes us strong and gives us victory!

Our enemies will not prevail; they will only collapse and
    perish in defeat while we will rise up, full of courage.

Give victory to our king, O Yahweh!
    The day we call on you, give us your answer!
Today, we remember and honor the men and women who have died while serving our country in the U.S. Armed Forces. This is a time to respect the sacrifice they made and to remember those who gave everything to ensure our nation’s freedom. They went to war and served to ensure hope for the future of this country. Today, we may watch parades, raise flags, or maybe visit a Veteran’s Cemetery. Just don’t forget the sacrifice that was paid, so you and I can live and worship in freedom. Remember!

In our passage today, David proclaims that his trust in not in horses, chariots, weapons, or human wisdom; rather, his trust is in the name of the Lord Yahweh. So, let’s add to our Memorial Day of remembrance by also thanking God for his faithfulness to take us through the physical and spiritual wars humanity faces because of sin. Like David, may we put our confidence in Christ the Savior who died to overcome sin, death, and evil; he has done for us what we could not do for ourselves. “For the greatest love of all is a love that sacrifices all. And this great love is demonstrated when a person sacrifices his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Remember!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the sacrifice my fellow Americans made to secure my ongoing freedom. I pray blessings over those who lost their lives protecting mine; I pray a blessing over their families for generations to come. Thank you, Jesus, for saving my soul and protecting my life and my freedom to worship you as you so greatly deserve. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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