REPOST Today’s AMI QT Devotional, provided by Pastor Ryun Chang (AMI Teaching Pastor), was first posted on January 18, 2013.
Devotional Thought for This Morning
“Why We Ought to Be So Grateful”
Psalm 7:11-13, 17
God is a righteous judge, a God who expresses his wrath every day. 12 If he doesn’t relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow 13 He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows . . . 17 I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
This Psalm surely doesn’t correspond well to how God is perceived today! But this is who He is: a righteous Judge whose holiness will not tolerate the godlessness and wicked-ness of men (Rom.1:18). God must punish them and He already did, by making Christ “who had no sin to be sin for us” (1 Cor. 5:21) so that He would die for “sins once for all, to bring [the unrighteous] to God” (1 Pet. 3:18).
It was Christ who was cut with the sword and pierced with arrows. Without knowing or understanding all that God was going to do, David thanked God; how much more should we thank Christ, having already been redeemed by His atoning sacrifice.
Life is never perfect, for we have problems; some more than others. But in view of this awesome God, who loves us much, let’s start the day by worshiping Him.
Prayer: Oh Lord my God, how I behold Your beauty and majesty with awe and fear! Though You are my friend, yet You are the God of the universe whose holiness is beyond my grasp; that You would put up with someone like me is absolutely unbelievable. But it is true. I want to do good, not just because of the rewards in heaven, but because I love You and want to love You more each day. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Matthew 5
Lunch Break Study
Read 2 Sam. 9:1-11: David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2 Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” “At your service,” he replied. 3 The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?” Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.” 4 “Where is he?” the king asked. Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.” 5 So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel. 6 When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor. David said, “Mephibosheth!” “At your service,” he replied. 7 “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.” 8 Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?” 9 Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s steward, and said to him, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. 10 You and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for. And Mephibosheth, grandson of your master, will always eat at my table.” (Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.) 11 Then Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do whatever my lord the king commands his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s[a] table like one of the king’s sons.
Questions to Consider
- What do suppose Mephibosheth was thinking upon being summoned by King David?
- What happened to Mephibosheth instead?
- Why did David do this(1 Sam. 20:12-7)? In what way does this parallel the way God has graced us?
- Since Mephibosheth knew that his grandfather Saul had tried to kill David on numerous occasions, he probably expected the worst.
- The grandson of Saul was incredibly graced by David! It wasn’t as if Mephibosheth was going to serve a useful purpose for David since he was lame! So overwhelmed was Jonathan’s son that he saw himself as a dead dog who absolutely had no merit to receive anything good from the king of the land.
- David did this not for the sake of Mephibosheth, but for his father, Jonathan, with whom he made a covenant. David promised that he would not cut off his kindness from the friend’s family! The parallel is this: God made a covenant with Abraham that all peoples on earth will be blessed through the Seed of Abraham (Gn. 12:3), the Son of David (Rom. 1:4), Jesus Christ! God being the righteous judge cuts both ways: while His holiness requires the punishment of sins, His righteousness “makes” Him a promise keeper! We the undeserved, like Mephibosheth, receive all the benefits of that covenant without working for it. Now that’s amazing grace!
We humans get bored easily and take good things for granted. Perhaps you and I are guilty of that. How have you been in your walk with the Lord? Are you still living in awe of this salvation? Or have you been taking God and what He did for granted? We can live an entire day without being reminded of how awesome salvation is. Reflect on that and write a note of thanks to Christ.