Daily Devotion Friday, November 22

Friday, November 22, 2013 – Psalm 112; Nehemiah 9:26-38; Revelation 22:6-13 and Matthew 18:10-20

Psalm 112 – Praise the Lord!
Happy are those who fear the Lord,
who greatly delight in his commandments.

Happy, fear and delight don’t seem to go together. When I am truly fearful, I’m not happy and I don’t delight. Yet in the context of our faith the three do go together.

When one fears God, holds God in the highest respect, knows that God is the ultimate and awesome God and thus worships God, this holy fear leads to how we live our life. In one of my Sunday school classes we had really good conversation on this topic. I know many don’t like the word fear as a Christian attribute, yet when we think about who God is ultimately, I do think this leads to God being revered as the ultimate one.

Happiness is too fleeting in this life, so I prefer blessed. When one knows they are blessed because God loves them and they know God, they know they have been blessed. Blessedness is not fleeting. It does not rely on what is happening to us. It is a state of being. So blessed are those who know and fear God.

God has given his laws that we might have life and experience full life. When we realize that God’s laws which were summed up by our Lord when he said; “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as you love yourself” were given to help us have full life, they are a delight to us. So, may we delight in God’s commandments/laws.

Blessedness, fear/high high respect, and delight can go together.

This day I’m going to think more on this as to how blessed I am because I know and hold God as the ultimate one in my life and that I have his commandments to guide me. All this really leads to a better life as I seek to live in his love for me, love offered to all.

O God, I give thanks that you are God, the ultimate one and in you and your ways I can trust. Guide me this day and all my days. Amen.

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