Daily Devotion Wednesday, January 30th

Wednesday, January 30, 2013  – Psalm 65; Isaiah 49:1-12; Galatians 2:11-21 and Mark 6:13-29

Psalm 65 – 5   By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,
O God of our salvation;
you are the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the farthest seas.
6   By your strength you established the mountains;
you are girded with might.
7   You silence the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves,
the tumult of the peoples.
8   Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs;
you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.

Throughout scripture we read how God is the God of deliverance. Through the Passover, God delivered his people from bondage in Egypt. God sent prophets to his people to reveal their sin and call them back to loving God and serving Him. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ; fully man and fully God to be not only our savior, but savior to all. Praise be to God, for how God is the God of our deliverance. Thanks be to God. Amen.

The phrase; “you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy” brought to mind days that began with a wonderful sunrise and ended with the sky once again being painted by God with a wonderful sunset. A few years back, Phyllis and I took a trip to Hawaii. While there, we were able to take an evening boat ride. Really glad we did, for when we turned to head back to port that evening, God painted every part of the evening sky. Usually at night, the sky may be painted in the West. But this particular night the sky was painted flaming yellow and orange to the North, South, East and West. It was amazing. No one picture could do it justice, not even a video for it was almost like we were sailing under God’s canvas that was in the midst of being painted and was always changing.

The phrase “you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy” also makes me think of our being born and our dying. When we were born into this world many people cried for joy; parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors and friends. Then when we die; many others will shout for joy; the saints and angels of God’s new kingdom. Many here will grieve our passing, yet it’s only another sunset which opens into a bright new day. This is all because of our Lord, Jesus Christ; through whom we are justified and given new life; new life today and new life in all the days to come.

Today give thanks for how God has delivered you from sin and death, and gives you new life today and will always.

O God, you have delivered us from sin and death. This day, may I rest in the assurance of your love and seek to serve thee and glorify thee, for you are the God of new life. Thanks be to you, O God, for the gift of your Son, who died and rose to show that you can and do give us life today and always. Amen.

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