Thursday, August 13, 2020

13 Aug 2020 - Psalm 68

Devotion 13 August 2020 - Psalm 68

This Psalm is from King David as he celebrates God’s continued care and protection over Israel and he praises God for giving them victory over their enemies. David recalled how God led them through the wilderness into their inheritance. The Israelites were burdened and struggled but God brought them out to freedom. David recognized that God was always in control and God kept his promises to His people.

Sometimes it can be quite difficult to understand that the Almighty God, creator of heavens and earth would care and love us so much. Why would such a powerful God want to hear from us? Be in constant communion with us? Desire a relationship with us? Why would such a powerful God- who can control the wind and the storms allow us to call him Abba, Father? Yes, that is what the Bible is telling us and that is precisely what Psalm 68 is telling us. He is a father to the fatherless and a defender of widows. He daily bears our burdens (v.19) and he is a God who saves (v.20). He is a God who gives power and strength to His people (v.35). He even knows the numbers of hair on your head!

That is who our God is! He is never too far from us and never too busy for us. There is so much that God has done for us but sometimes we do not appreciate or recognize it. Perhaps we are questioning God by asking is he really in control of our situation? This is what the Israelites felt when they were slaves, when they were at the Red Sea and when they were in the desert for 40 years but God brought them through and sustained them. God cares for us and the ultimate proof of that is the cross. Christ has carried our sin and buried it into the grave, he will carry you through your days. As we go about our daily lives, we must not let the world overwhelm us for we already have victory in Jesus. He has overcome this world and he has already defeated the enemy. God’s love for you never ceases and his compassions never fail.

Personal reflection:

a) Have we taken a moment to realise how fortunate we are to be loved by our Creator?
b) When was the last time we praised him sincerely for how good and faithful he is? (see Psalm 91:1-2).

Prayer:

Thank you God for loving us in a personal way. We are thankful for a God that is never too busy for us, cares for us and that tell us to casts all our anxiety on him. We thank you for your mercies are new every morning. Please forgive us that some times we doubt that you are near and that you are in control. Forgive us for being impatient and wanting quick solutions. Teach us to be patient and continue to mould me and transform me into your image. In Jesus name, Amen.