Devotion for Thursday, February 21, 2013

Brooke Eikenberry Lent 2013

When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.”  (Mark 14:26)

Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.  With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me? The Lord is on my side to help me; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

…This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord.  The Lord is God, and he has given us light. Bind the festal procession with branches, up to the horns of the altar.  You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God, I will extol you.  O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his  steadfast love endures forever.  (Truncated version of Psalm 118, click here for full Psalm.)

Today’s Devotion:

This Psalm has given me comfort many times in my life. It begins with “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good and His love endures forever.” How awesome is that?

Every day of our lives, we put our trust in many things and many people. Pilots put confidence in their planes. Commuters place their confidence in their cars, buses and trains to get them to their destinations.

If we are willing to put our trust in cars, planes, buses, etc. to get us to our destinations, are we willing to put our trust in God to guide us here on earth and to our eternal destination?

Do we trust Him more than any human being? We must not trust anything or anyone more than God. There are days when the last thing we want to do is rejoice. Our mood is down, our situation is out of our hands and our sorrows and guilt are overwhelming. We can relate to the writers of these Psalms who also felt this way. No matter how low the psalmists felt, they were always honest with God, and as they talked to God their prayers ended in praise. When we don’t feel like rejoicing, tell God how you honestly feel and God will always give you a reason to rejoice. “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” God has given you this day to live fully and serve Him. “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and His love endures forever.”

-Submitted by Jan Geren

GPS Reflection
Psalm 118:6 says, “The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can human beings do to me?” What do you think those words would have meant to Jesus as he sang them in the upper room hours before his crucifixion? How do those words speak to any fears you carry in your heart?

Psalm 118:17 says, “I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.” Try to imagine the thoughts and feelings Jesus might have had as he sang those words. We’re tempted to think suffering means God hasn’t done anything for us. What can you say about what the Lord has done for you in and through suffering?

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