(In preparation for today’s Devotional, read Hebrews 11:6 and John 4:27. Then check out the “The Deep Six Study” online. Go to www.capecodchurch.com/watch and click on “Discussion Notes.” Under “Message Highlights,” read highlight # 1)
I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have spoken of Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth. Psalm 40:10 (NASB)
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
It is refreshing to hear the Psalmist say in today’s Scripture that he has not been selfish when it comes to sharing God with others. Too often we keep him all to ourselves. It is as if we fear that in sharing God with others there will not be enough of him for us. Perhaps this seems far-fetched but if not this then maybe we just sense that our own connection with God will be diminished if we associate with those who have little to do with God’s righteousness, faithfulness, salvation, lovingkindness, and truth.
In reality, it works in the opposite way. The more we disassociate ourselves from those who need God, the more disconnected to God we become. This is a very hard thing to recognize in ourselves. As a matter of fact the deception involved here is such that we interpret our disconnect from the godless as an outcome of getting closer to God. Certainly we need to guard ourselves from truly being pulled away from God through our involvements with those who need God but we must be very careful about having a heart filled with love and care for them at all times.
We easily slip into a mode of self righteousness that fosters our disconnect with people who need God. We do this when we embrace a system for following God and allow ourselves to have more of a relationship with it than we do with God himself. The danger of this twist is very real. We need for our relationship with God to be actual and genuine. The more we experience God, the more we will experience his righteousness, faithfulness, salvation, lovingkindness, and truth. When this happens, God will overflow from our lives to others. God cannot be hoarded. If we do not love our neighbor then our love for God is in question. Truly, the second command to love your neighbor is the product of the first and foremost command to love your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, draw me into your presence. Help me to know you in the fullness of your righteousness, faithfulness, salvation, lovingkindness, and truth. Fill my heart with love for others and a great desire for them to come to you. May you readily spill over from my life to theirs. I bow before you in worship, surrender, and total trust. Amen!
Posted on Tue, March 15, 2016
by Alan Porter