July 18, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on Psalm 86:11-17, Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life, and they do not set you before them. But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant. Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.”
In our reading, David sings about his desire to learn more about God. He acknowledges God as his Lord as one who is ‘a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.’
Notice in the psalm that David goes on to mention the troubles he is facing – but these don’t stop him from worshipping God. It’s rather the opposite. His worship is even stronger. This is a God who we should want to learn more about. Turn to our Father, and he will hear you and teach you.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God, creator and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, thank you for your compassion, your grace, and your abounding love shown to me, especially in the death and resurrection of my Lord Jesus. Teach me your way. Give me an undivided heart. Deliver me from my fears and troubles. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, so that I may rejoice, whether I am going through good times or bad because you hold me secure in your loving care. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.