Devotion for July 18, 2022

“In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.” (Psalm 25:1)

In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. Each day, we can faithfully turn to God, depending on his word to empower and save us. For it is through the power of his word that we can trust.

I trust in you: do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. It is through trusting in God’s word and believing in his redeeming love for us that we stand triumphant.

No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. Despite our sins, God cleanses us, and our shame is washed away.

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Through your word, we are established in your ways. Not by the ways of the world, instruction of our minds and hearts or journeys of our lives.

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long. It is through God’s word that we are taught, placing every moment, every breath we take, into his saving grace. All day long, we can continue to hope.

Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. God does not punish us as we deserve but grants us his abounding mercy and love by his grace.

Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love, remember me, for you, Lord, are good. All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory; therefore, we can appeal for his mercy through the cross in reverence to him.

Good and upright is the Lord; therefore, he instructs sinners in his ways. How are we to hear? How can we know we are sinners unless he teaches us through his saving word? Then alone, we can thrive within the goodness and correction of his ways.

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. Humility is a gift given by the Holy Spirit. May we request this gift for our daily lives.

All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful towards those who keep the demands of his covenant. A covenant is a promise. Loving and faithful are God’s ways; in this, we believe.

Prayer

God of overflowing love and grace, thank you for your holy word. Thank you for providing us with the richness that the psalms offer, showing a spectrum of human emotion, suffering and sorrow, a symphony of joyous song — truly offering us a masterclass in human adversity! Fill our hearts with faith and love towards you and one another. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike