Daily Devotionals

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Psalm 15:4 NLT

'Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honour the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts.'

Growing up I had a loose relationship with the truth. I developed the habit of telling whatever story I thought stood the best chance of keeping me out of trouble. Lying became second nature. I also assumed most people behaved in a similar way and didn’t necessarily believe what they said either. I failed to hold myself or others with much respect. It was becoming a Christian that radically changed me and my approach. I had to let go of my instinctive lying and learn to navigate life with nothing but the truth.
Psalm 15:3 NLT

'Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbours or speak evil of their friends.'

The tongue is the most challenging piece of our anatomy to control (James 3:2-12). Small it may be, yet its influence is profound. This is true when speaking to ourselves as much as when we speak to others. For how I address myself influences my mood and my self-esteem.
Psalm 15:2 NLT

'Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.'

The word “blame” comes from the Latin meaning to blaspheme. I would certainly not want to blaspheme, or speak in opposition to God. Yet, here I discover that the way I live my life matters and blasphemy is reflected in my actions, not simply my words. The psalmist captures the fact that blameless lives are about the way we live, the actions we take and the words we use to communicate with God, ourselves and others.
Psalm 15:1 NLT

'Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?'

Many years ago I made the mistake of compartmentalising my life. In the congregational gathering I was worshipping. In my quiet time I was praying. The rest of the time I was working and playing. It took quite some work to turn my knowledge that God was present in all of life into an experiential reality. Here the psalmist reminds us that to be present with God is the primary goal for God’s followers.
Psalm 145:8-9 NLT

'The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation.'

When it comes to speaking of the goodness of God, I must first experience something of the characteristics of God. We learn the character of God by looking at Jesus, God’s self-revelation in human and divine form. Jesus revealed God’s compassion for humanity (Matthew 9:36). He experienced the very real sorrow, sadness and distress of the vast sea of humanity that surrounded him throughout his ministry.
Psalm 145:7 NLT

'Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness; they will sing with joy about your righteousness.'

Many prefer to keep God away from daily life. To them, God is an object of religious interest or personal belief but not for our teeming streets and cities. Society wants a clear line of demarcation between doing God and doing life. Alastair Campbell, senior advisor to Tony Blair, interrupted an interview to announce that “We don’t do God”. More recently when Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury spoke to the TUC conference, concern was expressed across the media that he was ‘playing away from home’ in suggesting God, politics, business and industry have anything in common. Yet, if God is God, regardless of personal preferences, he is engaged in all of life.
Psalm 145:5-6 NLT

'I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendour and your wonderful miracles. Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue; I will proclaim your greatness.'

When in something of a ‘blue’ mood, I find it difficult to summon the energy or cast my imagination to consider the glorious majesty of God. My failure to do so takes not one jot of glory away from God. It merely obstructs my ability to encounter him in the feelings that surround my immediate circumstances. Such feelings, moods, are the normal experiences we all have at times, some with a far greater intensity than others. While my mood takes nothing away from God, equally I am no less precious in God’s eyes or removed one inch from God’s heart of love because of my low mood. God loves us as he finds us.
Psalm 145:4 NLT

'Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.'

I once participated in a Passover meal and was struck by the level of storytelling that was involved. The great acts of God in leading the children of Israel from slavery towards freedom were explained, with an emphasis that the youngest was informed of this great act of divine deliverance. Story-keeping and storytelling are both key aspects of the life of any community. Families enjoy sitting together and recalling events from long ago as well as the immediate present. How often do we sit around the table and open a sentence with the words, “Do you remember when…”? It’s why it’s important that church communities continue to tell of the great deeds of God recorded in scripture and add personal testimony to how God is equally active in the life of its individual members. Church is the active community of God’s people engaging in faith.
Psalm 145:2-3 NLT

'I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.'

Jayne is queen of the one-liners; she regularly sings out the first line of a song for which she knows no further lyrics. These one-liners provide commentary on something that is happening in her experience. They offer brief lyrical moments at work and at home. There is a lyrical side to life, and there is, therefore, always a song for the wilderness.
Isaiah 65:17-18 NLT

'Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore. Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation! And look! I will create Jerusalem as a place of happiness. Her people will be a source of joy.'

There is one more important celebration before we enter Christmas week. It is making our own Christingle. This great tradition was started within the Moravian Church in 1747. The minister, John de Watteville, gave children a lighted candle with a red ribbon around it to represent both Jesus’ sacrifice and God as the light of the world. It was celebrated the Sunday before Christmas or on Christmas Eve itself. Light is the theme and the Moravians have a traditional song that accompanied it. The impact of the Moravians was immense. They were responsible for the conversion of John Wesley and in 1727, the Moravian Community of Herrnhut in Saxony began a 24-hour ‘prayer watch’ that continued for more than 100 years. In recent history, the Children’s Society has taken hold of the Christingle to draw attention to the plight of children in our world.