[Anglican Communion 4 January 2020] Topic: Do The Right Thing


Daily Fountain Devotional

Daily Fountain Devotional

TOPIC: Do The Right Thing

READ: PSALM 135 (NKJV)

  1. Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD; Praise [Him,] O you servants of the LORD!
  2. You who stand in the house of the LORD, In the courts of the house of our God,
  3. Praise the LORD, for the LORD [is] good; Sing praises to His name, for [it is] pleasant.
  4. For the LORD has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His special treasure.
  5. For I know that the LORD [is] great, And our Lord [is] above all gods.
  6. Whatever the LORD pleases He does, In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places.
  7. He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries.
  8. He destroyed the firstborn of Egypt, Both of man and beast.
  9. He sent signs and wonders into the midst of you, O Egypt, Upon Pharaoh and all his servants.
  10. He defeated many nations And slew mighty kings —
  11. Sihon king of the Amorites, Og king of Bashan, And all the kingdoms of Canaan —
  12. And gave their land [as] a heritage, A heritage to Israel His people.
  13. Your name, O LORD, [endures] forever, Your fame, O LORD, throughout all generations.
  14. For the LORD will judge His people, And He will have compassion on His servants.
  15. The idols of the nations [are] silver and gold, The work of men’s hands.
  16. They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see;
  17. They have ears, but they do not hear; Nor is there [any] breath in their mouths.
  18. Those who make them are like them; [So is] everyone who trusts in them.
  19. Bless the LORD, O house of Israel! Bless the LORD, O house of Aaron!
  20. Bless the LORD, O house of Levi! You who fear the LORD, bless the LORD!
  21. Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, Who dwells in Jerusalem! Praise the LORD!

THE MESSAGE:

This Psalm begins with a call to praise the Lord. The Psalmist gives two major reasons why God is to be praised: The first reason is that the Lord is good (verse 3). The second reason is His choice of Jacob for Himself and Israel for His special treasure (verse 4). Today, the Lord has declared that we are His chosen people (1 Peter 2:9); He treasures us. He loves those who believe in Him. Verses 15-18 show that those who worship idols are as blind and insensitive as the idols themselves. If the true God is your God, you will become more like Him as you worship Him.

Be sensitive in the spirit and let your devotion to Him and His worship be a daily guideline for your living. Constantly evaluate your life to ensure that it is moving towards God, not away from Him. Get your goals and priority in life right – the simple fact is that one becomes like the idol one worships. This calls for caution, especially in our time where people easily sacrifice Church programmes and Christian activities because of football, social media, clubs, money, possessions and pleasure. You know the one you give preference, but remember that whatever you give attention more than God has become an object of worship to you. Do the right thing.

PRAYER: To You my Saviour, I surrender all. Help me to subject my will to Your will.

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