Daily Devotion Friday, August 23

Friday, August 23, 2013 – Psalm 37; 2 Samuel 19:24-43; Acts 24:24-25:12 and Mark 12:35-44

Psalm 37 – Trust in the Lord, and do good;
    so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

What do you trust in? What do you have that provides you security? What do you delight in?

In answering those questions I discover how fleeting all our earthly security is.

SSI is called Social Security, for it is to provide for us in retirement or when someone becomes disabled; yet it is only as secure as the next vote in congress.

When Phyllis and I bought our home the belief was that a home was one of the best investments one could make. Housing prices were on the rise and had been for year. Then we learned all this was built on shaky ground. A good friend said to me once, you’ll know what your house is worth only when you put it on the market and sell it. Housing prices are on the rise but we know they don’t provide ultimate security.

This Sunday I might be mentioning some of the things we put our trust in and what provides us security. Anything you want to share with me would be appreciated. It would also be helpful to know what you trusted in as a teenager, young adult, adult and if you’ve reached those blessed years – your senior years. Thanks.

Here’s something I came across.

“Trust looks backward to the past and concludes that the present can improve on that basis, hope looks to the future and imagines a better possibility than what anyone can see in the present.

Trust implies a past relationship, on the basis of which the person praying has concluded that God can and will deal with the current threat. Hope envisions a way that things could be, in contradidtion to the problems and limits of the current situation.”

(Feasting on the Word on Psalm 71)

Back to my original questions; What do you trust in? What do you have that provides you security? What do you delight in?

O God, I know I put my faith and trust in things of this world instead of you. The longer I live the more I realize that you are the only one who was, is and will always be. May I learn to put my full trust in You who is my Rock and my Redeemer. Amen.

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