On the Sunday before election day, for our morning devotion at breakfast, I read Psalm 24. “Who is the King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates. And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in!”
So important is it to remember that no matter how crazy our world may seem sometimes, our God is mighty and He controls our today and tomorrow. Our lives do not rest in the hands of mortal men or imperfect presidents, but in the strong hands of the King of glory. We vote for presidents who make great promises, but only God is always able to back up His promises with faithful promise keeping.
Our God is an awesome God
He reigns from heaven above
With wisdom power and love
Our god is an awesome God
O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home.
Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God, to endless years the same.
The God who sent His only son into the world to pay our debts and make all things new, is the same God who is with us now and to the end of this age. It is He who one day will receive us into glory. Praise God, Amen.
We are forgetful and ungrateful. We are ungrateful because we are forgetful. We forget to be grateful for the things which we fail to remember were provided by a good God whom we forgot has blessed us far more than we can ever remember.
Scripture says there is a connection between daily obedience to God and our remembering who the source of our strength is.
“Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments . . . otherwise, when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, . . . you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’” (Deuteronomy 8:11,12,17) There is great danger in taking credit for what God has done.
The Psalmist, as he grows old, has not forgotten the Lord.
“Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:25,26)
“Don’t resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege,” is a quote from an unknown source included in Billy Graham’s book Nearing Home. The days of our lives become opportunities to experience God’s strength again and again. The truth that our strength has always come from our Lord, is comforting. Taking time each day to give thanks for His strength, is joyful worship. Thinking about the many occasions through the years when we leaned upon the Lord for strength, is precious memories.
Norman Drummond, Chaplain