Saturday, September 12, 2009
Spiritual Sunday -- “I Will” not be Afraid!
Last week, after I posted the “I will” statements from Psalm 118, an online friend (Yvette) suggested that each of the statements would make interesting devotionals. For Spiritual Sunday this week and the next several weeks, I will post a few thoughts on each of the “I will” proclamations from this Psalm.
Psalm 118 is an interesting Psalm to mediate upon. As you read through it is apparent that an individual worshiper is coming before God in prayer representing the people of Israel. All of Israel had experienced God’s goodness and magnificent display’s of His unconditional love that was constantly sustaining them.
Originally the worship leader would have been a king or priest, but today anyone can come before God reciting His acts of goodness and mercy before God’s people. God desires that we bless him with our heart felt responses of gratitude through our prayers.
The Psalmist knew that no matter what they were facing in life God was always with them. Today, God through his Holy Spirit brings comfort to us in the midst of hardship, and as he did with Israel he will give us the right perspective for the future.
When we live in obedience to God’s will and commands the “I will” statements will come easily. In the midst of difficult circumstances we need to remember God is with us, and we do not have to be afraid. As the Psalmist reminds us if God is with us what can man do to us?
How has God’s goodness and mercy been shown to you personally this week? Will you share your experience with others?
Father God, thank you for your love that endures forever, and for sending your son to walk among us, Immanuel, “God with us.” In whatever circumstances we might be in today, let us remember that you are with us and will give us the right perspective for the future.
With Love Robin
Be sure to check out the inspirational writings at Spiritual Sundays. Thanks to Ginger and Charlotte for hosting this site and encouraging us today to seek the Lord.