Devotion for Sunday, March 11, 2018

May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts! May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!” (Psalm 72:10-11)

If the nations would simply acknowledge that the Lord is God and bow before Him, the world would be at peace. See that the Lord is not looking for dominion, for it is already His. We strive for power that will never be ours. Oh that the nations would simply come into the truth and know that the Lord is good and desires that we live in peace. May they come and fall before Him that we may have peace.

Lord, I know this is the desire You place in our hearts and also how the world rebels against this. Help me to live in peace in so far as it is up to me. Keep me from warring against my neighbor and even when others do not bow to You, help me to be a witness of how things truly are. Guide me in the way of peace that I may live in harmony with Your will and Your ways.

Lord Jesus, it was no real temptation when the devil wanted to make you think that He was offering You the nations. All is Yours for You created all things. Let this simple truth resonate within me that I would hold fast to the truth You have revealed knowing that all things are in Your hands. Guide me to be at peace with all around me and not get caught up in the lies of this age. Amen.

Devotion for Saturday, March 10, 2018

May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth! May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust!” (Psalm 72:8-9)

What is the goal of the Lord? Is it not that the nations live in peace with each other and that their people love one another as neighbors? Is this not what He has said from the beginning? We are to live toward this goal, for this is the command of the Lord. It does not matter in this age what actually happens; we are to strive for what is right in the Lord’s sight knowing He will make of us what He wills if we trust in Him.

Lord help me to not get caught up in the despair of a world that is in constant conflict, but have the goal of living according to Your will. Let me learn how to press on and simply do what is right in Your sight though all I do goes down in flames. Lead me, O Lord, according to Your purpose to be the kind of person You are creating me to be, knowing that our hope is in You alone.

Lord Jesus, as You walked the earth the crowds gathered around You in hope. Then You were crucified and they scattered. Help me to see the simple truth that You are up to bigger things than we can at first see that I may not become disappointed at what I think are setbacks. Grant the ability to persevere that I may continue to fight the good fight of faith knowing the Father’s will is being done. Amen.

Devotion for Friday, March 9, 2018

May they fear you while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations! May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth! In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more!” (Psalm 72:5-7)

Have compassion on those who do not know the Lord. The Lord desires that none would perish. Those who act wickedly do not know what they are doing. This is no excuse, but the truth. In the Lord, there is love and love covers a multitude of wrongs. The righteous do flourish and the wicked will perish. Live the way life is meant to be lived and be blessed by the Lord.

Lord there are those who do wrong and I react with anger. Lead my heart to be compassionate, gentle, and caring. Teach me what to do in every circumstance, knowing that in all I do, You are to be praised. Lord, water the earth with Your goodness and bring to peace those who do not know it, that we may live in peace and be content in the circumstances in which You have placed us.

Jesus, from the cross You said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Help me as one who does not know what He is doing to take Your hand and follow wherever You lead. Help me grow in wisdom and lead me in Your righteousness. Grant me a heart of compassion by which I do not see enemies, but only those who do not yet know You. Amen.

Devotion for Thursday, March 8, 2018

Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness! May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!” (Psalm 72:3-4)

The world has always been filled with those who take and oppress. They do these things and twist words to proclaim that it is good. The Lord gives to all freely and takes care of the orphan and widow. The wicked look at the exception and say God is not good. They lift up that exception to say they are good. See through the lies in this world to perceive how the Lord does provide for all every day.

Lord open my eyes to see through all of the garbage that gets thrown around to see clearly that this world that You have made provides for us all. The wicked one perverts truth and people run amok with lies; but guide me into truth that I would see through the lies and humbly share with others what You have given to me. You are the eternal prosperity for all. Lead me into You.

Lord Jesus, You came humbly into the world to show goodness and mercy and to make possible the eternal salvation for all. You healed the sick, bound up the broken hearted and raised the dead. Let me see and rejoice in the provision You give that I may fill my days with praise and thanksgiving. Lead me, Lord Jesus, into the new life You have given me to help others as You have helped me. Amen.

Devotion for Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son! May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice!” (Psalm 72:1-2)

Lord, the nations battle one against the other. Peoples vie for power. Bring justice that the nations may live in righteousness. Unless the Lord influences the kings and rulers, there will be war and destruction. The poor suffer and innocent children are murdered. The cry for justice has always been present in this age of wickedness. Bring righteousness to those who lead.

Lord, I hear Your Word which speaks of it getting worse before the end. I do not want to experience the suffering of wicked rulers. I do not want my children or grandchildren to suffer. Lord, everything is in Your hands, but do bring to power those who will not bring mass destruction and ruin among the nations. Lift up rulers that benefit the people, the poor, and the children.

Lord Jesus, You came at a time when the rulers were wicked and turned a blind eye to the thievery that was all around. You know corruption and have seen it over the ages. Help me trust that where we are today is in the Father’s will and that I am still able to do my part. Where it befits Your purpose, bring those who lead into Your will and not the will of this age, so that all may see glimpses of Your goodness. Amen.

Devotion for Tuesday, March 6, 2018

My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed. And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long, for they have been put to shame and disappointed who sought to do me hurt.” (Psalm 71:23-24)

This world is filled with vanity and the patterns, though they appear different, are the same. People do unjustly and then scream at others, vying for power and do injustice themselves. Do not be caught up in the wickedness, but come to the One who is just and will make all things the way they have always been intended. Look to the Lord and your life will be one of praise and thanks amidst the turmoil.

Lord, the world is crazy and the people scramble around in hypocritical fashion chanting this, that, and the other thing. I have been caught up in the nonsense. Free me from the merry-go-round of insanity to live as You created life to be lived. Lead me in Your ways of living that I would know the joy of Your creation according to Your will. You will vindicate the persecuted.

Lord Jesus, You have come to make all things new. Guide me, O Lord, to see in You the hope of glory that You have revealed and the way of life that You alone have shown me. Guide me according to the Father’s will to see the hope that You have given by grace that I might live therein. Let me be at peace amidst the turmoil of this world, looking to You for all things. Amen.

Devotion for Monday, March 5, 2018

“You will increase my greatness and comfort me again. I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.” (Psalm 71:21-22)

Greatness is not wealth or power, but humbleness, peace and walking faithfully with the Lord. He frees us to be joyous in His creation and calls us to walk with Him all of our days. Come to the Lord and walk humbly with your God. Sing your praises and let your life be an instrument that makes music to the Lord. Learn to walk in the way of faithfulness and know that God is Your comfort.

Lord, the world beats me down and I am constantly barraged with the nonsense of this age. Clear my mind and set before me a path that I can walk which will bring me close to You. Clear my eyes to see the beauty of the earth and help me overcome the wiles of the wicked one. Set me free from the bondage of this age to be Your faithful servant, walking in the light of Your glory.

Lord Jesus, You have forever set me free from the bondage of death that sin brings, yet unrepentant sinners remain all around me. Help me focus my eyes to see in You the hope of glory that You have brought for those who love the Father through You. Guide me in the way of peace and illumine my footsteps to walk in the direction Your Spirit leads me. Help me learn from You faithfulness. Amen

Devotion for Sunday, March 04, 2018

“Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you? You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again.” (Psalm 71:19-20)

The world continues on its course of rebellion and the righteousness of the Lord shines in the minority position in this world. God, who made everything, holds all things together and allows the seasons to proceed. Nations rise and kingdoms fall, but the Lord is forever. In whom will you trust? Who is your hope and your rock? The Lord will raise up in Him those who will be righteous.

Lord, I get caught up in the insanity of this age and get carried away by the vanity that never changes. But here You are in the midst of it all showing Your goodness and mercy. Lead me, O Lord, to hold fast and stand firm in Your goodness that I would walk humbly with You and learn Your ways. You have already made me rise in the hope of that final day when I shall rise again as Christ arose.

Lord Jesus, You have come to lead the way and You are the example of the promise fulfilled. Help me now and always to look to You first and above all things. Teach me Your ways day in and day out that I would see the great things You have done and know Your promises from my heart. Guide me, O Lord, so I may walk in Your ways and know the truth You reveal. Amen.

Devotion for Saturday, March 03, 2018

“O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.” (Psalm 71:17-18)

Lord, as a child, I heard the stories of what You did for those whose names are familiar. As you provided for Your people of old, so You do today. There are others who can tell similar stories. Help me remember and always proclaim Your acts that have provided goodness and salvation to all who believe, that they too would thank and praise You for all You do.

Lord, I get older and get caught up in worldly and even wicked stories. I hear the world’s focus on all that is bad, seeking to keep me from seeing all that You do each day that is good to counter sin in the world. Help me have a change of heart that I would focus on Your goodness and proclaim Your goodness to the world to counter the wickedness of this age. You are Mighty to save.

Lord Jesus, Savior of the world, in humble ways You walked upon the earth and have led as many as believe to live humble lives too. Join me with them in following You in humble ways to do what is right in the Father’s sight. Guide me to simply do what You give me to do and to praise You for every opportunity to be obedient and fulfill Your Word of hope and praise. Amen.

Devotion for Friday, March 02, 2018

“My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge. With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.” (Psalm 71:15-16)

How much does the Lord do each day that you or I are unaware of? How often does something not happen that would hurt us? How many good things fall into place that benefit us? The Lord is good all the time and His goodness comes to all. Be reminded of the Lord’s goodness and speak of it day and night. Devote yourself to the One who provides for all and sing His praises.

Lord, thank You for all the good things You do. You are the Sustainer of the universe and You provide for all people. Guide me, O Lord, not to look at the evil in the world and give up hope, but to see Your goodness and praise You for the multitude of ways in which billions are blessed each day. Change my point of view and help me understand and praise Your goodness always.

Lord Jesus, we read of your many miracles and are told there were many, many more. The greatest miracle is the salvation You paid for to provide for all that they may not perish, but have everlasting life. Guide me, O Lord, in Your ways that I would learn to praise You and all the works You accomplish through those who believe. Remind me in times of forgetfulness. Amen