GPS: January 20, 2015

By January 20, 2015Devotional

Today’s Scripture:

Psalm 86

Lord, listen closely to me and answer me,
    because I am poor and in need.
Guard my life because I am faithful.
    Save your servant who trusts in you—you! My God!
Have mercy on me, Lord,
    because I cry out to you all day long.
Make your servant’s life happy again
    because, my Lord, I offer my life to you,
    because, my Lord, you are good and forgiving,
    full of faithful love for all those who cry out to you.
Listen closely to my prayer, Lord;
    pay close attention to the sound of my requests for mercy.
Whenever I am in trouble, I cry out to you,
    because you will answer me.

My Lord! There is no one like you among the gods!
    There is nothing that can compare to your works!
All the nations that you’ve made will come
        and bow down before you, Lord;
    they will glorify your name,

    because you are awesome
    and a wonder-worker.
        You are God. Just you.

Teach me your way, Lord,
        so that I can walk in your truth.
    Make my heart focused
        only on honoring your name.
I give thanks to you, my Lord, my God,
    with all my heart,
    and I will glorify your name forever,
because your faithful love toward me is awesome
    and because you’ve rescued my life
        from the lowest part of hell.

The arrogant rise up against me, God.
    A gang of violent people want me dead.
    They don’t give a thought for you.
But you, my Lord,
    are a God of compassion and mercy;
    you are very patient and full of faithful love.
Come back to me! Have mercy on me!
    Give your servant your strength;
    save this child of your servant!
Show me a sign of your goodness
    so that those who hate me will see it and be put to shame—
        show a sign that you, Lord,
        have helped me and comforted me.

Questions to Ponder:

Do you feel that God is compassionate toward you when you are failing to live faithfully? As the psalmist does, do you ask, “Teach me your way, Lord,” when you are seeking the truth? Do you think of what it means to “glorify your name forever” when you worship? Do you feel God’s comfort and help?

Prayer for Today:

God of compassion and mercy, thank You for giving me strength. Help me to see Your goodness in all situations. Thank You for Your awesome love that keeps me safe and gives me strength. Amen.

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