When God is with us, all we want to do is praise Him. Why is this? It is because there is so much love in our lives. We are so glad, because of what He has done for us. Therefore, our devotion is to the Lord, who saves. In this moment, there is so much peace. It is refreshing, indeed, to pray and allow the Lord’s presence to come upon us. It is like the rising sun, for His raises beat upon us and light up our lives. If you have experienced this type of worship, then you would know that it is amazing. Just to cry out in thanksgiving to Jesus brings tears to my eyes. I want Him to know how much the cross means to me and therefore, I cannot stop but shed tears of joy. Oh how I love the Lord. Just to think on Him makes me so much happier. I want less of me and more of Him. It is because His presence is what gives me the strength to carry on. On my own I am weak and have no power to resist temptation. In these moments are there only pain and regret in my life. It is because I know that Jesus is my Savior and wants to be my shield, if I just let Him. He doesn’t want me to suffer in my guilt and shame, but rest in His peace and joy that never ends. While in sin, I am so unhappy, but the moment that I turn to Jesus, all my tears are washed away and I am made clean in His blood. When Moses said, 1“and the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8) I know this to be true. The Lord is my Shepherd and will never fail me.
Now, 1“be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) This is God speaking through Moses. It was relevant to the children of Israel and to us today. If you trust in the Lord, then all your troubles will be made light. You will no longer have to bear them on your own, for the Lord, Your God, will strengthen You daily. Imagine every burden that you are bearing right now being lifted in the Name of Jesus. This can truly happen if you are willing to let the Lord in your life. Once you humble yourself before Jesus and accept what He did for you on the cross, then all your sins will be forgiven. No matter what you did today or in the past, all this is forgotten and forgiven because of his mercy. And don’t have to worry about the flesh getting the best of you any longer, for God is able to change any person that is willing to heed His counsel. Give Him your hand and He will take you from the place you are in and change everything about it, until it is conformed unto His holiness. Then, will His righteousness be imputed unto you. As Paul said, 2“Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:22-24) Have faith in Christ and the Spirit will come into You and You will be born again. Then will you want to praise Him.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that our relationship with You will continue to grow each day. May our faith lead us to You in prayer many times a day, that You may lead us. So many things get in the way and I pray that our intentions will be to do Your will above all things. May Your words be upon our hearts, that we may know how to serve You. Let the Bible become a lamp unto our feet as we study Your words daily. In this, will be stay grounded upon solid ground and not sink. You are our good shepherd and I am honored to follow You. Thank You Jesus for delivering me from a life of sin and placing me on the right path. I was so lost in my addictions, but You heard my prayers and had mercy upon my soul. In my lost state did I not deserve Your forgiveness, but You forgave me anyways because of Your great love. Thank You for Your compassion and leading me out of darkness and into Your light. I cannot even think of where I would be now, if You were not there with me. Oh, how lost I would be without You. Temptation and sin would be ruling me life, if You were not my shield. Thank You for all You do for me. You are my rock and my fortress. I shall not fear, for You are my strength. I know that You will never forsake me. I love You Lord. You are my greatest joy of all. All the praises and glory to Your holy Name. I sing to You, my King. May these songs of praise be lifted up into the heavens. All the glory and all the honor to You, Jesus. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Deuteronomy 31:1-13 (KJV)
1 And Moses went and spake these words unto all Israel.
2 And he said unto them, I am an hundred and twenty years old this day; I can no more go out and come in: also the Lord hath said unto me, Thou shalt not go over this Jordan.
3 The Lord thy God, he will go over before thee, and he will destroy these nations from before thee, and thou shalt possess them: and Joshua, he shall go over before thee, as the Lord hath said.
4 And the Lord shall do unto them as he did to Sihon and to Og, kings of the Amorites, and unto the land of them, whom he destroyed.
5 And the Lord shall give them up before your face, that ye may do unto them according unto all the commandments which I have commanded you.
6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
7 And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the Lord hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.
8 And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
9 And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and unto all the elders of Israel.
10 And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles,
11 When all Israel is come to appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing.
12 Gather the people together, men and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:
13 And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
2Romans 3:20-31 (KJV)
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:
30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.