Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 6-22-21

Psalm 119:113-117 (TPT) Trust and Obey
I despise those who can’t keep commitments,
    for I passionately love your revelation-light!
You’re my place of quiet retreat, and your wraparound presence
    becomes my shield as I wrap myself in your Word!
Go away! Leave me, all you workers of wickedness,
    for you can’t stop me from following every command of my God.
Lord, strengthen my inner being by the promises of your Word
    so that I may live faithful and unashamed for you.
Lift me up and I will be safe.
    Empower me to live every moment in the light of your ways.

In our passage today, the psalmist encourages us to be “all in” with the Lord. Sin causes us to be double-minded; floundering back and forth between obedience and disobedience. Sin causes a lack of trust that God’s Word really teaches what is best for us. As well, disobedience opens the door to evil and we must keep that door shut. We cannot honor God the way we should if we continue to be double-minded; we must make up our minds to belong Him—make Him Lord. Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters” (Matt. 6:24). Obedience is to live “in Christ.”

Verse 114 of our passage is really special for me. I pour myself out every day to take care of others around me and it is such a joy to have the Lord as my place of quiet retreat. I can testify to his wraparound presence and the peace that he imparts when we belong to Him. May you find everything you need, today, in the wraparound love of Christ.

Prayer: Lord, help me to trust and obey your every Word without being double-minded. There is a great reward for making you Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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