January 9, 2020 Daily Devotion

The scripture for today is: Psalm 29, NIV version.

A Psalm of David

“Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.

The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.

The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning.

The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare.

And in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever.

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”

When I read the reading for the day, I like to look at several commentaries before I begin writing. Both authors that I read today mentioned that it is commonly thought that David wrote this psalm as he watched a thunderstorm move over the land (Coffman’s Commentaries; Matthew Henry Commentary). One of them mentioned that it was probably after several years of drought.

I can just imagine David watching the awesome power of the storm and thinking about the wonder of the power of the Almighty. What a gift he had for putting into words his feelings about our awe-inspiring God!

I try to spend time sitting quietly with my God every day. Most of the time I talk to him as I would my father, a kind, personal Savior. But then I start to think about all he has done, and I am struck, much as David was, by how great He really is. I can hardly believe that the God whose voice “breaks the cedars”, and “thunders over the mighty waters” listens and takes care of me, such a small part of His world! It is humbling, but I am so joyful that He loves me the way He does.

Dear God, thank you for loving even me. You are so mighty and awe-inspiring, but still take the time to watch over and listen to a small sinner like me! It is hard to take in this miracle, but I am ever grateful. Amen

Karla Gerke Karla56@charter.net

Prayer Concern: That all people will understand and believe that God loves them.

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