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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, May 12, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Although the Bible invites us to praise God, we often aren’t sure how to go about it. Here, several ways are suggested: by singing, dancing, or playing musical instruments. God enjoys His people, and we should enjoy praising Him. (NLT)
Psalm 149:1-5 – Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful. O Israel, rejoice in our Maker. O people of Jerusalem, exult in your King. Praise his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp. For the Lord delights in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. Let the faithful rejoice in this honor. Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.
Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ. –Colossians 3:23-24 (NRSV)
Ibifubara Okoseimiema’s (Rivers State, Nigeria) story is titled “UNFLINCHING DEVOTION;” here is a portion of Ibifubara’s story:
“My elder brother, Ajagaboka, takes great delight in his service to God. Most weekends, he wakes up early and joins the women in our local church in keeping the chapel clean. . . .
“As Ajagaboka has served, God has opened a new door for him. He was awarded a scholarship to study for a master’s degree in agriculture at the University of Kent. After completing his 14-month-long studies, Ajagaboka returned to Nigeria and continued with his unflinching devotion to and ministry for God.
“. . . Through my brother’s example, the words of the scripture quoted above came alive for all of us in a new way. His continued dedication has inspired a younger generation to devote their time in service to God and to their brothers and sisters wherever they find them.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God rewards the faithful with joy.
Prayer: Gracious God, help us to work humbly in your service so that all may know you are God. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/