Monthly Archives: May 2020

June 2020 Devotion

FORSAKEN

Luke 24:25-27 New International Version (NIV)

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

Psalm 22:1-2 New International Version (NIV)

For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
    by night, but I find no rest.[b]

Matthew 27:45-46 New International Version (NIV)

The Death of Jesus

45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[a] lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[b]

Have You ever felt rejected by God or experienced feeling numb from all the suffering? Does it ever seem like the heavens are made of brass? During this season of the pandemic, everyone has probably felt this.

Lamentations 3:17-20 New International Version (NIV)

17 I have been deprived of peace;
    I have forgotten what prosperity is.
18 So I say, “My splendor is gone
    and all that I had hoped from the Lord.”

19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
    the bitterness and the gall.
20 I well remember them,
    and my soul is downcast within me.

Allow me to share this wonderful hope that we have. Because our Lord is Love, I believe that every drop of suffering is not wasted.  We are being molded into the image of Jesus. Although all suffer, no pain served a greater purpose. Through His awful/wonderful sacrifice, by faith, we can be emancipated from sin, fear, and hopelessness. It is my prayer that He will show His Reasoning. But even if He does not at this time, I pray we will continue to persevere and cling to Jesus!!

Philippians 1:19-26 New International Version (NIV)

19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.[a] 20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.

Lamentations 3:21-26 New International Version (NIV)

21 Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.”

25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.

Jeremiah 17:7 New International Version (NIV)

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.

May 2020 Devotion

REFLECTION ON PSALM 24

Of David. A psalm.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
    and established it on the waters.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not trust in an idol
    or swear by a false god.[a]

They will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face, God of Jacob.[b][c]

Lift up your heads, you gates;
    be lifted up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord strong and mighty,
    the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
    lift them up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty—
    he is the King of glory.

(Psalm24:1-18 NIV)

Most of David’s psalms are highly emotional. This particular one is instructional. It seems more like a poetic proverb. Many modern worship songs use these verses as lyrics.

First and foremost, this poem brings glory to God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth. The structure of the poem has the ending recapping the beginning. The names of God are like facets of a cut gem. Each one reveals another part of His wonderful character. This psalm is the only place in the New International Version were the name “King of Glory” is used.

Next, the poem lists the qualifications for being in God’s holy place. Holy means special or set apart. Clean hands are metaphoric for purity. We need to have or hearts clean to be in or Lord’s presence. Idol worship pollutes. Anything we trust in more than the LORD is spiritual poison.

Further, blessings are conditional. Our faith and trust will determine the results. Our interaction is required.

Some of our Savior’s promises are unconditional. Foe example, Jesus is alive forever. Nothing I do can disrupt this action. He is eternal.

“I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever. And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Revelation 1:18 NIV)

Finally, David portrays the Lord as a Mighty Warrior who can open gates that no one can close. The images of Jerusalem or opening our hearts denote an all-encompassing worship celebration.

Lord, thanks for cleansing or hearts and minds through the blood of Jesus. We, like David, join in this powerful worship celebration. We long expectantly for the unimaginable worship with you in heaven. Continually open the gates of hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN!