Morning & Evening Devotional 21st Thursday September 2023

Morning & Evening Devotional 21st Thursday September 2023

Daily Bible study
Daily Bible study

Devotional for Today – Psalms 26:9

Scripture: Psalms 26:9 (KJV) “Gather not my soul with sinners.”

In this verse from Psalm 26, we find a heartfelt plea from the psalmist, King David. He implores God not to “gather” or associate his soul with sinners. David’s words express a deep desire for righteousness and a separation from those who lead lives contrary to God’s ways. Morning & Evening Devotional 21st Thursday September 2023

Key points to consider:

  1. Desire for Holiness: David’s prayer reveals his longing for holiness and a life that pleases God. He recognizes the importance of distancing himself from sinful influences and associations.
  2. Spiritual Discernment: The psalmist’s request reflects his spiritual discernment. He understands that the company one keeps can impact one’s own spiritual journey. Being closely associated with unrepentant sinners can lead to spiritual compromise.
  3. Maintaining Integrity: David’s plea reflects his commitment to maintaining integrity and living according to God’s standards. He desires to stand firm in his faith and not be swayed by the sinful behaviors of others.
  4. A Prayer for Protection: In a broader sense, this verse can be seen as a prayer for protection from spiritual harm. David seeks God’s safeguarding of his soul, knowing that God is the ultimate source of righteousness and protection.

As we reflect on Psalms 26:9, consider these questions:

  • Do you share the psalmist’s desire for holiness and a life that pleases God?
  • Are there influences or associations in your life that may hinder your spiritual growth or compromise your integrity?
  • How can you seek God’s protection and guidance to maintain your spiritual walk and stand firm in your faith?

This verse reminds us of the importance of guarding our hearts and being mindful of the company we keep. It encourages us to seek God’s help in maintaining a life that reflects His righteousness and integrity.

Morning & Evening Devotional 21st Thursday September 2023

Morning Thought

How heart-cheering to the believer is the delight which God has in his saints! We cannot see any reason in ourselves why the Lord should take pleasure in us; we cannot take delight in ourselves, for we often have to groan, being burdened; conscious of our sinfulness, and deploring our unfaithfulness; and we fear that God’s people cannot take much delight in us, for they must perceive so much of our imperfections and our follies, that they may rather lament our infirmities than admire our graces. But we love to dwell upon this transcendent truth, this glorious mystery: that as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so does the Lord rejoice over us. We do not read anywhere that God delighteth in the cloud-capped mountains, or the sparkling stars, but we do read that he delighteth in the habitable parts of the earth, and that his delights are with the sons of men.
We do not find it written that even angels give his soul delight; nor doth he say, concerning cherubim and seraphim, “Thou shalt be called Hephzibah, for the Lord delighteth in thee”; but he does say all that to poor fallen creatures like ourselves, debased and depraved by sin, but saved, exalted, and glorified by his grace. In what strong language he expresses his delight in his people! Who could have conceived of the eternal One as bursting forth into a song? Yet it is written, “He will rejoice over thee with joy, he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” As he looked upon the world he had made, he said, “It is very good”; but when he beheld those who are the purchase of Jesus’ blood, his own chosen ones, it seemed as if the great heart of the Infinite could restrain itself no longer, but overflowed in divine exclamations of joy. Should not we utter our grateful response to such a marvellous declaration of his love, and sing, “I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation?”
Morning & Evening Devotional 21st Thursday September 2023

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