Daily Devotion Saturday, June 22

Saturday, June 22, 2013 – Psalm 98; 1 Samuel 4:1b-11; Acts 4:32-5:11 and Luke 21:20-28

Psalm 98 – 1   O sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
have gained him victory.
2   The LORD has made known his victory;
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
3   He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the victory of our God.

4   Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

Yesterday, I made a list of all the great things God has done. It did help me as I went about my day to recall God’s mighty acts of the past, knowing that he is still doing mighty things today.

May we sing unto the Lord, for he has done and is doing marvelous things. May I make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

Here’s something that I believe in and trust. God takes my songs of praise, even when sung off key and blends them into the harmonious chorus of all the saints and all together they become songs of praise unto our God.

I must admit that I have a problem interpreting most of our readings for today.

In the 1 Samuel reading we hear of the death of Hophni and Phinehas sons of Eli. This had been prophesied for they were not faithful priests of God.

Then in the reading from Acts we have the death of Ananias and his wife Sappriha who decided to keep some of their profit of selling their land for themselves instead of giving all to the apostles, thus lying to God and the apostles for they said they gave all.

Then in Luke we hear that when Jerusalem is surrounded and besieged to take comfort knowing that Jesus will return soon and be victorious.

That final note is something I hold on to; that no matter what life deals me, no matter how faithful or unfaithful I might be, God in the end will be victorious for his Son is the one who will come again and reign in glory upon the earth.

There are days I pray harder for Jesus’ return because of things going on in life and the world.

We don’t have to understand everything in scripture to trust and believe in the one who was, who is and who will always be; namely our God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

O God may your word and your love guide me as I seek to be faithful unto you, who is always faithful unto me/us. Amen.

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