Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2013 - Day 153
Passage of the Day #1: Psalms 147: 10-11 [Here’s what God digs!] [NLT] …
10 The strength of a horse does not impress Him; how puny in His sight is the strength of a man.
11 Rather, the LORD’s delight is in those who honor Him, those who put their hope in His unfailing love.
Contextual Study for today’s passage: Psalms, Chapter 147 [NLT] … Go to this link …
Reference Passage #1: Luke 16: 13 : [Whom do we really serve?] …[NLT] …
13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
Reference Passage #2: Romans 12: 1-2 : [Our work-life is our worship life.] …[NLT] …
1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will accept. When you think of what He has done for you, is this too much to ask? 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is.
My Journal for Today: How often do we find ourselves caught on that guinea-pig wheel, running nowhere and doing everything to impress others, and thinking that our running faster and faster will serve God in some way?
What does God really dig?
Well, our highlight verse for today, an anonymously authored Psalm, tells us that God is not impressed with all the worldly stuff, … the pursuit of wealth and power. No, … what God digs is those who love Him, fear Him, and worship Him with their very lives.
That’s why the Apostle Paul, when he was done writing about all the truth [i.e., doctrine] Christians should understand (in Chapters 1-11 of his letter to the Romans), he exhorted believers to live their very lives as a “living sacrifice;” and that means our lives and our living is our worship, … not lived out for our selves or for the world, but only for God’s glory and in worship of Him.
As Jesus put it (from Luke 16: 13 quoted above), we cannot serve Him and the mighty dollar at the same time; but so often we find ourselves trying just like that, don’t we? And I don’t think I need to write any more here, … save to ask ourselves whom (or Whom) we’re trying to impress; and to ask whom (or Whom) we fear? And if we can honestly say that we fear The Lord and serve Him will all our hearts, mind, and strength, we can honestly say from our study today that God really digs that!
My Prayer for Today … Lord, oh how I pray that I serve You with all that I am and all I do. … Amen