The reading for today is Psalm 34, verses 1 to 9, KJV.
"I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encampth round them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him."
In my years of writing these online devotions, I generally do the first scripture that is given to us. However, during this year, I have chosen to do either the third or fourth selections. Why follow the pack? And this is psalm is one reason why.
David write this psalm after he had a life changing moment. This is when he does his best work. God shows him who is in charge. David starts with humility in verse one. Like a child getting caught by the parents, David plays nice and is shown mercy by God. Look at verse two.
"the humble shall hear" is what he writes. Does not the proud hear also? Maybe not since they are too caught up in themselves. C. S. Lewis wrote that "pride" was the greatest sin. Lewis knew something about human nature. The first two verses show us that to be submissive to God the correct nature to be when on this earth. Not as David was before when he was full of pride.
Verse six tells us that God hears all of us. David get personal by saying "this" rather than "a" or "one". By starting the verse this way, he shows us that HE is the poor man whom God also hears and saved him from his troubles. And yes, David has troubles! But So do we! Then there is verse seven!?!?!
God sends his angels. I truly believe this. They take on all forms. Only after they are gone from our presence do we become enlightened to their moments in our lives. God sends his angels to be around us all the time. And not as observers. They too nourish us in God's world.
The last two verses are what I would call God's way to assure us he is always there in all matters of our lives. God is good! Blessed is he who trusts in the Lord! There is not want in the Lord for those who fear him. God provides!
Dear Heavenly Father, Help me to look for Your “angels” in my life so that I may be enlightened by them. I need to be nourished in Your Word and I appreciate Your presence in my life.
Russ Nixon firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern - Pray for those who need to see the Lord. Pray for those with pride and those who are humble. Pray for God's blessing in everyone lives. Pray for mercy!