Devotions over the past two weeks have been challenging for me, and hopefully for you. I tend to like my life all planned out, and the idea of living by faith is rather formidable for me. As 2022 begins, I pray that we all will grow in our faith and trust God to use each one of us in his plans, be willing to take risks. 2022 might be another difficult year; it might be a year of new beginnings as the pandemic fades away. Whatever 2022 brings, let’s pray and ask God to guide us in how we can grow in our faith and share it more.
Let’s praise God for how wonderful he is and how much he cares for each one of us.
1 Praise the Lord!
Let all that I am praise the Lord.
2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live.
I will sing praises to my God with my dying breath.
3 Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;
there is no help for you there.
4 When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,
and all their plans die with them.
5 But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.
6 He made heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them.
He keeps every promise forever.
7 He gives justice to the oppressed
and food to the hungry.
The Lord frees the prisoners.
8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down.
The Lord loves the godly.
9 The Lord protects the foreigners among us.
He cares for the orphans and widows,
but he frustrates the plans of the wicked.
10 The Lord will reign forever.
He will be your God, O Jerusalem, throughout the generations.
Praise the Lord!
Reread that psalm and look for a phrase (or phrases) that strike you more than others. Stop and take the time to do that.
It’s so important to let God speak to you directly as you read His Word. So … what statement stood out for you? Why do you think you noticed that the most? Did it encourage you? Did it challenge you? Did it make you feel more secured, settled?
Whatever it was, know that God was speaking to you.
Our song for today is Reckless Love by Cory Asbury.