Daily Read – Jeremiah 4:19-6:15; Colossians 1:18-2:7; Psalm 77:1-20; Proverbs 24:23-25
If you are not already doing so, please be encouraged to enter into the daily Bible reading that is referenced every day. Rich treasures flow from the written Word of God bringing transformation to your spirit, soul, and body. Each prophetic devotional is written from this daily reading to highlight, enlighten, and enlarge it in your day-to-day life. It is not a replacement for your own diligent study and meditation of the Word.
Following is an extraordinary prayer and declaration from the one who penned Psalm 77. Please read verses one through ten before reading the following verses. As you read the first ten verses of this psalm, you may come to realize you have experienced the same thoughts and feelings as those of the writer. He expresses his distress and despair even questioning God's character; however, something extremely powerful occurs in verses 11 through 20. The writer makes a life transforming decision.
I will [earnestly] recall the deeds of the Lord; yes,
I will [earnestly] remember the wonders
[You performed for our fathers] of old.
I will meditate also upon all
Your works and consider all Your [mighty] deeds.
Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary [in holiness, away from sin and guilt].
Who is a great God like our God?
You are the God Who does wonders;
You have demonstrated Your power among the peoples.
You have with Your [mighty] arm redeemed Your people,
the sons of Jacob and Joseph.
Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
When the waters [at the Red Sea and
the Jordan] saw You, O God,
they were afraid; the deep shuddered also,
for [all] the waters saw You.
The clouds poured down water,
the skies sent out a sound
[of rumbling thunder]; Your arrows went forth [in forked lightning].
The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind, the lightnings illumined the world;
the earth trembled and shook.
Your way [in delivering Your people] was through the sea, and Your paths through the great waters, yet Your footsteps were not traceable, but were obliterated.
You led Your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
As an act of his will, the writer chooses to stop his soul from controlling his thoughts and submits to the truth of God to steer his mind. He pulls his mind into submission to the Lord and begins remembering the mighty works of God. In a moment, the atmosphere around him changes from that of utter hopelessness to that of triumph and victory.
God has given you this day as a gift. Remember His mighty works in your life and declare His goodness and mercy.
"Will I walk in despair or will I walk in victory?"
The choice is yours to make.