July 6, 2020 Daily Devotion

The scripture for today is Psalm 131.

1 My heart is not proud, LORD, my eyes are not haughty;

I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.

2 But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother;

like a weaned child I am content.

3 Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.

As much as we may want to be in control, we usually find that God may have a different plan for us. David likely never thought that he would become king while he was tending sheep as a boy. God had a much different plan for him. As king, David also knew that he had achieved all that he had through the grace of God.

A year ago in April, Cindy and I toured northern Italy’s Lake Country and Milan. We were able to see DaVinci’s Last Supper in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. This beautiful painting is almost 30 feet wide and 15 feet tall, it is immense! It is very humbling to view this masterpiece, you feel dwarfed by it.

We also went to tour the Duomo di Milano, the beautiful cathedral, which was heavily influenced and consecrated by St Charles Borromeo, as Archbishop of Milan. The cathedral was envisioned to hold 40,000 people, the population of Milan in the late 16th century. It is still the second largest cathedral in Europe, and the fourth largest in the world. It is so large and awe inspiring that you feel how immense God truly is.

I think that David may have felt this awe when writing this Psalm. We are so small in the presence of God, yet he wraps us in His arms.

Note - If you haven’t seen it already, please check YouTube for Andrea Bocelli’s Easter concert, Music for Hope. Just this fabulous tenor and the accompanying organist performing alone in this huge church. The beauty of the music and cathedral are amazing.

Dear Father, Your kingdom is hard for us to imagine as our worldly view is so limited. We praise You and worship You. Help us to find Your path for us in this world as we prepare for eternal life in Your kingdom. Amen

Barry Dougherty


Prayer Concern - for those who have not yet found the joy of knowing Jesus as their Savior.

Alternate verses - Jeremiah 27:1-11, 16-22 and Romans 1:18-25.

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