Sunday Devotional: Psalm 18:1-2

“I love you, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
    my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:1-2)

When we put our trust in God, he becomes our everything.  He becomes one in whom we can take refuge in times of trouble and anger.  He is the strength that helps us through the times when we are weak.  He is the rock that we can cling to through all the storms in our lives.  He is the shield that protects us from all the dangers that can attack us.  He is our stronghold that we can settle and live in hope.  Let us have that trust in the Lord.  Let us hope in Him.  Let us follow after Him.

Sunday Devotional: Nahum 1:7

“The Lord is good,
    a stronghold in the day of trouble;
he knows those who take refuge in him.”  (Nahum 1:7)

The prophet Nahum spoke out to the people the word that God had given to him.  The people of Nineveh were not honoring God.  They had repented before (see the book of Jonah) but had fallen back to their old ways.  Nahum reminded the people that God was in power and had sovereignty over them.  Justice was coming and God was going to enact it.

However, Nahum also reminded the people that God is good.  He is one to be trusted.  He is one who cares about us and that when trouble comes we can seek Him and find refuge in Him.  We can have hope in Him.  If we are following Him and trusting in Him, then we can have assurance that no matter what happens, we are taken care of by Him.

So this week, let us remember who God is and what He is about.  He is good and He is just.  We can find strength and refuge in Him.

Sunday Devotional: Jeremiah 9:23-24

“Thus says the Lord:  “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches,but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24

In this passage, God is speaking to the people of Judah through the prophet Jeremiah.  He makes it clear that if there should be any boasting, it should be in knowing where the truth, the power and the riches truly come.  They come from the Lord.  What we should boast in is having a relationship with God, in knowing the one who is righteous and just.

What do we put our trust in?  Or to tie to the text, what do we boast in?  Do we boast in our knowledge?  Do we boast in our strength?  Do we boast in our wealth/possessions?  Or do we boast in the Lord?  It’s great to have knowledge, it’s great to be healthy and strong, it’s great to have money and possessions.  But it’s not great to make that the focal point, to boast about those things.

To have a personal relationship with God, now that’s something to boast about.