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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, May 7, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
God promises great blessings to his people, but many of these blessings require our active participation. He will set us free from our fears, guard and rescue us, show us goodness, supply our needs, listen when we call to him, and redeem us, but we must do our part. We can appropriate his blessings when we seek him; cry out to him; trust him; fear him; reverence him; refrain from lying; turn from evil, do good and seek peace; are brokenhearted; and serve him.
You say you belong to the Lord, but do you show reverence to him? To revere the Lord means to show deep respect and honor to him. We demonstrate true reverence by our humble attitude and genuine worship. Reverence was shown by Abraham, Moses, and the Israelites. Their reactions to God’s presence varied, but all deeply respected him. (NLT)
Psalm 34:1-10 – I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are discouraged take heart. Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me, freeing me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. I cried out to the Lord in my suffering, and he heard me. He set me free from all my fears. For the angel of the Lord guards all who fear him, and he rescues them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who trust in him! Let the Lord’s people show him reverence, for those who honor him will have all they need. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will never lack any good thing.
Wayne Greenawalt (Illinois) titled his story “MAGNIFY THE LORD;” here is a portion of Wayne’s story:
“As a teenager I regularly attended my church’s Wednesday night prayer meeting. Each week during the sharing time an elderly man, Mr. Hamel, would invariably stand to his feet and with a confident voice recite Psalm 34:3, ‘O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together.’ Then he would share an experience from the past week that attested to God’s faithfulness and goodness. . . .
“Sometimes our problems can seem insurmountable. And they may be, if we rely on our strength alone. But the God who promises to sustain and deliver us is greater than the trials that beset us. When we stop focusing on our difficulties and view our present circumstances through the word of God, the magnitude of our problems will diminish and the magnificence of our God will become apparent. Then, even during the trials of life, we can testify to God’s goodness and faithfulness.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will focus on God’s magnificence.
Prayer: Almighty God, help us remember your power and love and to praise you in every situation. Amen.
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