READINGOld Testament: Genesis 47:27-48:7
Psalms: Psalms 87, 90, 136
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Gospel: Mark 7:1-23
Evening Psalms: 136
DEVOTIONAL“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90: 1-2)
As I read Psalm 90, I thought about how God has been with and for man for generations. I can look to my own family. I can recall my parents, grandparents, and maybe even great grandparents, or at least stories I have heard about them and how God figured in their lives. And, of course, I can recount my life, my children, grandchildren, etc.
Throughout the years, there have been joys and sorrows, ups and downs; but there has always been one truth -- God has been there with me. When I am happy and joyful, He is there to celebrate. When I am sad or disappointed, He is there to hold me. When I get angry at others or even at Him, God gives me time to calm down, reflect on the situation and the cause of the distress, and then shows me in subtle ways how to solve the problem. He never walks away from me.
The psalmist speaks of being terrified of God; I prefer to think of having respect for Him. I think of God as a true Father, and I would never want to be fearful. If I do wrong—and I have—I know there will be a punishment. Of that I am fearful. If I get what I deserve, it won’t be good, but who caused this? Me! Does it mean God has forsaken me? No! Not pleased, but still in my corner, and I am forgiven.
Psalm 90 tells us that our days are numbered at 70 or 80 years and that they end with a moan. My feeling about that is changing as I grow older. Time is going oh so quickly, but in 70-80 years we can (I can) accomplish so much if we (if I) follow God’s plan. Plus, God has given man the ability to prolong life. We can now live to 90 and even 100. My life may end with a moan, but I believe that moan will come from my family and friends. My feeling is that, at the end, I will be at peace -- because I know I am going home. Praise God, our Father! Amen.