The scripture reading for today is taken from Psalm 199: 41-48
“May your unfailing love come to me, Lord, your salvation, according to your promises; then I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in Your word. Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your law; forever and ever. I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, for I delight in your commands because I love them. I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.”
With an understanding of His death on the cross, we become filled with the gratitude necessary to follow His laws. We are enabled to keep them by His Spirit within us. We experience joy in the process.
When I think about all of my past failures: promises broken, goals unmet, proneness to temptation-- I can get overwhelmed with my -self-. (Reflections on self are hopelessly narcissistic and don’t often lead to growth). When I focus on Him as the Author and Perfecter of my faith, I feel myself flooded with relief about my success and hope in Him alone. I have perspective and purpose.
A recent psychological study showed that people who wrote several gratitude letters to friends and family over a month’s period showed significant increases in mental health compared to those who wrote letters of aired grievance. These results suggest that a person’s focus affects mood. I think, similarly, focusing on gratitude about Christ can have a positive impact.
Allison Montgomery Yes5olias1@yahoo.com
Prayer Concern: For those who are dealing with hopeless situations--that they would have breakthroughs