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WEEKLY DEVOTION FOR DECEMBER 10-16


Background Passage: Psalm 52  

Key Verses: 52:1-5  

Summary: The Psalmist found satisfaction in the knowledge that God will bring ruin to those who are blatantly evil.  

Self-Exam: There is a satisfaction that comes from knowing that in the end justice will prevail. It is good to know that God is aware of what transpires in our world. It is honest to acknowledge there are those with whom we are deeply angry. It is best to see the fuller revelation of Christ that allows us and compels us to forgive as we have been forgiven. With whom/what are you angry?  

Meditate and Pray: Meditate upon your frustrations in life. Pray you entrust them to God.  

Examine Our Church: Does our church have the right attitude toward evil?


Background Passage: Psalm 52  

Key Verses: 52:6-8  

Summary: Trust in God versus trust in self matters greatly.  

Self-Exam: There is a stark contrast between those who trust in God and those who trust in themselves and their own accomplishments. Their goals, actions, personalities and more are quite different. Most importantly, the futures are opposites. Most of us struggle somewhere between complete commitment to one or the other. All of us need to be fully trusting in Christ. Do you trust in him?  

Meditate and Pray: Meditate upon where your trust lies. Pray to trust Christ more and more.  

Examine Our Church: Does our church trust in God in all we do?


Background Passage: Psalm 52  

Key Verses: 52:9  

Summary: God’s work and God’s name give us cause to praise.  

Self-Exam: If we realize what God has done for us, we will be grateful and praise him. Worship will become a meaningful joy and a required value in our lives. That recognition will also lead us to build our lives around the promises made by God. What does it mean if worship is not important? What does it mean if our lives do not have a different driving force? Has your acknowledgment of God’s work and promises changed you?  

Meditate and Pray: Meditate upon your gratitude. Pray that it is authentic and primary in your life.  

Examine Our Church: Is our church responding in gratitude?


Background Passage: Psalm 53  

Key Verses: 53:1  

Summary: The fool does not believe in God and lives a corrupt life.  

Self-Exam: There is a scary form of atheism whereby one may claim to believe in God but lives a life that states otherwise. It is foolish to say there is no God. It is foolish to live as though you do not believe in God. Unfortunately, there are many who fall into the second category and fool themselves into thinking God is satisfied with their lives. Does your life express your belief in God?  

Meditate and Pray: Meditate upon the message your life sends. Pray it is a visible statement of faith in God.  

Examine Our Church: What statement does our church make?


Background Passage: Psalm 53  

Key Verses: 53:2-3  

Summary: Corruption in humanity is universal.  

Self-Exam: It is a frightening concept to imagine the displeasure of God as he views all of humanity. It is a sobering thought to imagine what he sees in us. It is important, albeit uncomfortable, for us to realize we are not what God intended. Only then do we repent and turn to God, trusting him to transform our lives. Have you truly turned your life, heart, mind and soul over to God to be recreated?  

Meditate and Pray: Meditate upon what God has done in you. Pray for continued growth.  

Examine Our Church: How has God changed our church?


Background Passage: Psalm 53  

Key Verses: 53:4-5  

Summary: Evildoers hurt others and live in stress.  

Self-Exam: There is a troubling mindset among some whereby they will gladly take advantage of others for gain. Meanwhile, the constant desire for material gain leads them to a life of stress and unending dissatisfaction. True peace and joy come from knowing Christ and completely submitting everything to him and his plan. In that, there is only goodwill to others. What is driving your life?  

Meditate and Pray: Meditate upon what matters most to you. Pray it is always Christ.  

Examine Our Church: Is our church fully focused on Christ.


Background Passage: Psalm 53  

Key Verses: 53:6  

Summary: The Psalmist looked forward to salvation for his people.  

Self-Exam: Imagine the longing of a people who had been long enslaved and/or oppressed. The thought of being free and self-determining was a driving force for the whole nation. When we realize the oppression we face caused by our separation from God, we also long to be freed….saved. When we experience the freedom, we long for the same for others. Do you pray for others to experience the freedom of Christ?  

Meditate and Pray: Meditate upon your concern for others. Pray for them.  

Examine Our Church: Is our church passionate about others experiencing Christ’s salvation?

 
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