May 27, Thursday

REPOST Today’s AMI QT Devotional, provided by Pastor David Kwon who heads Journey Community Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, was first posted on November 27, 2013.  He is a graduate of Drexel University (BS) and Columbia International University (M.Div.).

Devotional Thought for This Morning

Psalm 116:1-19
I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. 2 Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. 4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!” 5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. 6 The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. 7 Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 8 For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; 9 I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living. 10 I believed, even when I spoke: “I am greatly afflicted”; 11 I said in my alarm, “All mankind are liars.” 12 What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, 14 I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. 15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. 16 O Lord, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds. 17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord. 18 I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, 19 in the courts of the house of the Lord, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!

It is so important for us to remember what the Lord has done for us; not only this, but that He is our only deliverer and help in time of need.  In today’s psalm, the writer, while meditating on the matter of God’s deliverance, doesn’t merely conceptualize God as a theoretical deliverer (i.e., head knowledge that God delivers his people); instead, he dwells on his experiential knowledge of having been personally delivered by God in the past.

Many times, we are overtaken by the circumstances of life because we forget that God is our help. We do this because we fail to realize and/or remember the ways God has delivered us in the past. Those who are in Christ are promised the Holy Spirit who is our Helper. Therefore we know that God has been our help throughout our lives. 

Do you know God as your help and deliverer? Are your current circumstances overtaking or overwhelming you? Remember the ways God has pulled through in the past. Meditate not merely on the theological truth but your experiential knowledge of His faithfulness to you in the past. Acknowledge what He has done and in so doing allow your soul to return to the rest the Lord promises. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for all that You have done in my life even though I, in my sinful nature, continue to forget it.  Thank You for Your abiding grace and mercy. Amen.  

Bible Reading for Today: Ezekiel 8


Lunch Break Study

Read 2 Corinthians 4:7-15 (NIV): But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. 13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. 

Questions to Consider

  1. What does it mean to have treasure in jars of clay? 
  2. How should this reality help us when we face difficult circumstances? 
  3. What is our motivation for persevering? 

Notes

  1. The treasure is the “knowledge of the glory of God” – the Gospel message we carry and God’s spirit of truth within us. We are the clay jars. God chooses to house his precious treasure in broken fallen human beings so that, as He works through us, it will be evident to all that God is at work, not us. 
  2. The following verses tell how Paul and the other believers may face all kinds of trials, but they are not despairing or hopeless. No matter how difficult circumstances are, they know the Gospel – that God has delivered them through Christ! And because He has done this, they know He will continue to do so. (“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32)
  3. We know that God is our deliverer – He delivered us through Christ and will deliver us in fullness when Christ returns. Because we know this, we persevere when things are difficult. We continue to preach the word of God, declare His glory, and believe His promises. Our God has delivered us in the past and will deliver us still! 

Evening Reflection

He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32) 

God gave us the greatest gift imaginable in Jesus Christ. He delivered us from the most difficult and seemingly hopeless situation possible (separation from Him because of sin). How much more will He provide for our daily needs? How much more will He carry us through difficult circumstances? Are you in need of God’s help and deliverance today?  Spend some time offering up your needs to Him in faith that He will graciously give all things. 

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