I've been reading through the Psalms for my devotional every night and have found myself greatly challenged, motivated, and reminded.
I've been challenged.... to make my life pleasing to the Lord.
"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on His law he meditates day and night.
He is likea tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
Not so the wicked!! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.
THerefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish."
I've been encouraged....
"Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?
He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue,
who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman,
who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the Lord,
who keeps his oath even when it hurts,
who lends his money without usury
and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things will never be shaken."
I've been reminded...of how absolutely amazing God is.
"O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.
Youhave set your glory above the heavens.
From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise .
Because of your enemies, to silence the offender and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place, what is man mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the havenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet;
all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth."
Why is it that I always underestimate the power of God?? When I read these Psalms I think to myself, "Why do I EVER have disbelief?? Why do I EVER doubt God's power?? He is amazing and more gracious than I will ever be able to understand.