Daily Devotion Wednesday, January 16th

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 – Psalm 89:1-18; Isaiah 41:1-16; Ephesians 2:1-10 and Mark 1:29-45

Ephesians 2:1-10 – 1You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. 4But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God — 9not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith.” What a gift from God this is.

It wasn’t that long ago that we gathered by our Christmas trees and opened all the gifts. On that day, did we open God’s gift to us – his Son born and sent to bring salvation unto the world? Of all the gifts received on Christmas day, this is the most unearned gift of all. For, even when we were in the depths of sin, God sent his Son to save us from our sin.

Today, just meditate upon God’s gift of salvation/redemption given unto you. Recite over and over today this phrase. “For by grace I have been saved through faith.”

Friends, thanks be to God for this wonderful, God given gift given unto us.

O God, even before we loved you, you loved us and sent your Son to die for all our sins and rise to give us new life. Thanks be to you, O God, for by your grace have we been saved. May we fully trust and have faith in thee. Amen.

The following is my devotional thoughts on the Psalms today, which I shared with a couple of friends of mine and thought I should pass on to you as well.

Psalm 89:1-18 – 2   I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;
your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens. …

11  The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours;
the world and all that is in it — you have founded them. …

14  Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
15  Happy are the people who know the festal shout,
who walk, O LORD, in the light of your countenance;
16  they exult in your name all day long,
and extol your righteousness.

I give thanks that God IS; God has been, God is and God will always be. God’s steadfast love has been, is and will always be. God’s righteousness has been, is and will always be. God’s throne, for he is God and King, is founded upon four solid legs: leg of righteousness, leg of justice, leg of steadfast love and leg of faithfulness. His is a solid throne that has been is and will always be.

Because God is, I pray that my love of God can be as steadfast, yet I know I falter and put my trust in things or people of this world. O God, I praise thee, for you are steadfast in your love of me and all people and creation. May we really, not just superficially, put our trust in you who has been the God of love and faithfulness since the beginning of time, are today and will be forever. Amen.

I also really like the first evening Psalm, Psalm 1.

1   Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;

2   but their delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
3   They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.

May I continue to sink deep my roots besides the stream of living waters; who is God.

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