Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him…He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.” vss. 10a, 11

Psalm 85: 1-2, 8-13

In spite of Israel’s ongoing dysfunction, the psalmist was optimistic about her future, not because the people were behaving so well, but because God had freely showered forgiveness on them. We too live in the shadow of God’s forgiveness. It’s what we have in common with all other people on earth, and it’s what gives us hope, even in the darkest circumstances. When in faith we embrace God’s forgiveness, God’s steadfast love is unleashed in our lives, flooding our hearts and minds with the assurance of God’s grace. In that context the psalmist assures us, righteousness and peace will kiss each other, a beautiful description of the new life we have in Christ. The language implies intimacy, a tender merger of righteousness and peace, a coming together of the divine and human spirit that is the essence of the Christmas gospel. Occasionally we will encounter folks in whom we see that combination of serenity and goodness, and their presence never fails to give us delight. It’s a living demonstration of the wonderful life that is God’s intention for us all. Such life is not dependent on material wealth or privilege, but is received by those who say with Mary, “Let it be with me according to your word.” There is no doubt! When love and faithfulness meet, life is very, very good!

Thought for the Day: What gifts has faith given me?


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