Devotion for January 7, 2023

“Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.’ ” (Psalms 3:2)

Regardless of how badly you have failed or how often you have failed — God won’t give up on you. So don’t give up on yourself! Nothing you’ve done is beyond the scope of His grace. Others may give up on you, but not God. King David fell as low as a person can get. He was guilty of adultery, deception and murder — all major offences. But God forgave and restored him.

He writes about it in two psalms. In the first psalm he writes: “Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.’ But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side … Deliver me, my God!” (vv. 2-7).

In the next psalm, he writes: “He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him” (Psalm 40:1-3).

And the God who turned David’s greatest mess into a message, and his greatest test into a testimony, will do the same for you when you turn to Him and receive His forgiveness, mercy and grace.

Prayer

Lord, lift me out of my despair and put me on Your straight path to salvation! Bless me with Your grace and mercy all the days of my life! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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