Today’s Tasting: Psalms 6, 8–10, 14, 16, 19, 21: In these chapters King David alternates between lamenting life, grieving and asking for deliverance, and praising God, filled with confidence in God’s goodness and grace. In chapter 6, he pleads with God to defeat his enemies and give him peace. In chapters 8–9, he speaks of God’s glory and majesty. He praises God for His divine protection. In chapter 10, he cries out that God is distant and that wicked people are getting away with their evil ways. But in chapter 14, he says God will be with the righteous and deal with the ungodly. In chapter 16, he praises God, who is his refuge. Finally, in chapter 21, David worships God who vanquishes all his enemies.
Today’s Nourishment: Having made our requests known to God, we can be confident that God will give us victory and joy (Philippians 4:6–7). Our prayers are accepted and pleaded by Christ, our mediator in Heaven. As believers, we can go boldly and with confidence, through the Blood of Christ, to the throne of God. He will pardon and cleanse us. He is just and faithful to fulfill His Word.
Chapter 14 of the Psalms speaks of man’s depravity. The unbeliever says there is no God, so that he may continue in his sin (verse 1). The disease of sin has infected us all. We are in need of a Savior to cleanse and heal us of this disease of sin. That is the amazing gift of the cross! He took our sin upon Himself and paid the price to redeem us.
Psalm 16 holds a picture of the Resurrection. Verse 10 says “For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit.” Through Christ our souls are saved here on earth and our bodies will be raised by His power. Earthly sorrow will end and everlasting life will be ours.
Psalm 19 tells us that God is all around us. No one has an excuse for unbelief. The very change of night to day, the moon, the stars, are proof of the power of God. If the Earth was moved just a fraction off its position in space, we would either be toast or frozen. He has set the universe and all of creation in motion. The Word of God is more vital to us as believers than the very air we breathe. It gives us spiritual sight, directing us to holiness and freedom. We are to thank God for the victory that will be ours and look forward in faith and hope to what God will do. David’s success because of the Lord’s blessings was a foreshadow of the total overthrow of all Christ’s enemies. May He be exalted in all things—destroying the hold of sin and Satan. Praise be to Jesus!!
Tomorrow’s Delight: 1 Chronicles 1–2