One of the many benefits of occasionally getting to stay at my parents’ house for work (besides the delicious meals and good wine) is the plethora of encouraging and inspiring books they have on hand. I mean, my mom pretty much operates a mini-Christian book store out of her house.
So this morning, I picked up two great little devotional books I had never seen before. Interestingly enough, both devotions led me to Psalm 30, what my Bible titles, “The Blessedness of Answered Prayer.”
The first is called “Celebrate! Daily Devotions for the Spirit-Filled Life” by Jack Hayford.
In it he talks about the incredible faithfulness of God and how worthy He is of our praise saying,
“Life is filled with ups and downs. The heights of rejoicing can lead us “into dancing” because of the great things God has done for us. The lows can only be described as “the pit” (v. 9). But God is faithful to His people and gives reason for praise and song.
David declares: “You have lifted me up and (You) have not let my foes rejoice over me” (v. 1); “You brought my soul up from the grave” and “You have kept me alive” (v. 3); (God’s) favor is for life” and “joy comes in the morning” (v. 5); and “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing” and “You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness” (v. 11).
The Lord who loves His people is the One who rescues, delivers, and finished what we could never do for ourselves. Our praise must come from the depths of our hearts. Therefore, David continues: I must “sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever” (v. 12).”
Click to read all of Psalm 30
Devotional excerpt #2 coming tomorrow!