Today’s Devotional – January 18, 2016- “The God of Our Need”
Today in History
1563 –The Heidelberg Catechism was first published in Germany. Written by Peter Ursinus and Caspar Olevianus, it comprised a balanced statement of Calvinist tradition, and was soon after accepted by nearly all of the Reformed churches in Europe.
1568 – Miles Coverdale died at the age of 80; He was the publisher of the first printed English Bible. He completed the translation of the Old Testament which William Tyndale had left unfinished at his death in 1536.
1774 – The pioneer Methodist bishop Francis Asbury wrote in his journal: “Lord, ever draw my heart after thee! May I see no beauty in any other object, or desire anything but thee!”
1804 – Anglican missionary to Persia Henry Martyn wrote in his journal: “To be made fit for the work of a missionary I resigned the comforts of a married life …and that was a severe struggle. Now again I will put forth the hand of faith, though the struggle will be far more severe.”
1861 – Georgia became the fifth state to secede from the Union
1903 – The first regular transatlantic radio broadcast began between US and England.
1920 – The US Senate voted against membership in League of Nations.
1938 – GM began the mass production of diesel engines.
“The earth shook; the heavens poured down rain, before the God of Sinai, the God of Israel.
Rain in abundance, O God, you shed; you confirmed your inheritance when it was tired;
Your congregation found a dwelling; in your inheritance, O God, you have provided for the needy.
The Lord gave the word; the hosts who announce the news are a great host:
“The kings of the armies—they flee, they flee!” The women at home divide the spoil.
Though you men lie among the sheepfolds yet you are like wings of a dove covered with silver, its feathers with shimmering gold.
When the Almighty scatters kings there, it was white as on Zalmon.
O mountain of God, is as high as the mountain of Bashan
Why leap high, O many-peaked mountain, at the mount that God desires for his abode, yes, where the Lord will dwell forever?
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, and thousands upon thousands of angels; the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary.
You ascended on high, leading a host of captives and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the Lord God may dwell there.
Blessed is the Lord, who daily loads us up; God is our salvation.” Selah!
David continues the psalm with a tremendous picture of the greatness of God in His power, His holiness and in His loving concern for His people.
He first states the case for His holiness and His greatness when he brings to memory God’s meeting with Moses on Sinai. “These words the Lord spoke to your entire congregation in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them to me. And it came to pass, when you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that you came near to me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders; and you said, “Behold, the Lord our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice out of the of the fire: we have seen this day that God does talk with man, and he lives. Now therefore, why should we die? For this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the Lord our God any more, then we will die.” (Deuteronomy 5:22-25)
The sight was truly awesome but God also had promised His people a land filled with blessing. But the blessing was contingent on their faithfulness. “That I will give you the rain of your land in its due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your corn, and you wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your cattle that you may eat and be full. Take heed to yourselves, that your heart is not deceived, and you turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; And then the Lord’s wrath will be kindled against you, and He shut up the heaven, that there is no rain, and that the land will not yield her fruit; and lest you perish quickly from off the good land which the Lord gave you.” (Deuteronomy 11:14-17)
Today, many Christians, expect the blessing of God while they continue to bow down to the sin and pleasures of this world. They want God’s blessing but never read His word, pray or worship with His people. How foolish can we be?
But David also reminds us about God’s protection. He provides each and every one of our needs. But He must be first:
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and riches. Therefore I say to you, Take no thought for your life, or what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Is not the life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air: for they don’t plant, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they? Which of you by worry can add eighteen inches to his size?
And why worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they don’t labor in the fields, nor do they weave: And yet I say to you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so dresses the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more dress you, O ye of little faith? Therefore don’t worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or, “What will we drink?” or, “How will we be dressed? (For after all these things do all the people seek:) for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.
But you must seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things will be added to you. Don’t worry about tomorrow: for tomorrow has its own worry. Each day has its own troubles.” (Matthew 6:24-34)
Do you trust this marvelous God who shakes the mountains with His presence and has spoken and continues to speak each day through His word?
He knows every need that we have or ever will have. He will meet with you on the mountain top with fire and thunder or in the quietness of the darkest hour.