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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, October 13, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Every day we should focus on our blessings and express our gratitude to God for them. We can never say thank you enough to parents, friends, leaders, and especially to God. When thanksgiving becomes an integral part of your life, you will find that your attitude toward life will change. You will become more positive, gracious, loving, and humble. (NLT)
Psalm 92:1-15 – It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening, accompanied by the harp and lute and the harmony of the lyre. You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done.
O Lord, what great miracles you do! And how deep are your thoughts. Only an ignorant person would not know this! Only a fool would not understand it. Although the wicked flourish like weeds, and evildoers blossom with success, there is only eternal destruction ahead of them. But you are exalted in the heavens. You, O Lord, continue forever. Your enemies, Lord, will surely perish; all evildoers will be scattered.
But you have made me as strong as a wild bull. How refreshed I am by your power! With my own eyes I have seen the downfall of my enemies; with my own ears I have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents. But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted into the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The Lord is just! He is my rock! There is nothing but goodness in him!”
[The righteous] will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green. –Psalm 92:14 (NIV)
Doris Yeung (Samut Prakan,Thaland) titled her story “NEVER TOO OLD;” here is a portion of Doris’ story:
“Several months ago, another pianist joined our church choir, making four of us. I felt discouraged, useless, and humiliated. I asked God, ‘Am I supposed to retire at age 61?’ Then, when my sister needed help after surgery, I decided to attend another church that had earlier hours for worship.
“After only a month, I was told that this small congregation planned to start a choir. Immediately, I knew that God was calling me. I offered to be the pianist, and I have enjoyed participating in this choir ever since.
“. . . From this experience, I have come to understand that as long as we are willing, God will guide us and prepare a way for us. No matter our age, if we listen to God’s calling, we can joyfully serve.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – As long as I am willing, God can find ways for me to serve.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for guiding us when we feel lost. Help us to remember that we can always serve – if we are willing. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/