Daily Devotion on Psalm 85

Text: Psalm 85

Proverbs 26:11 “As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.” It is a pretty disgusting thing to witness a dog smelling and eating its own vomit. It is a potentially poisonous thing for a dog to eat its own vomit. Eating vomit is a pretty unintelligent move from a human standpoint. How many of you would go scoop your vomit out of the toilet and swallow it again? Just the thought of that act would be enough to make many people sick.

So, why all this disgusting talk about vomit? Psalm 85 says “I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints – but let them not return to folly.” When faith is worked in our hearts by the Holy Spirit we turn to a new and holy way of life. We turn away from a filthy, disgusting, sinful way of life.

Unfortunately we daily display the stupidity of that dog returning to eat its own vomit. We daily return to swallow those same filthy sins that are the opposite of the holy and good things that God has in store for us. God promises us peace and eternity in heaven because of Jesus and we daily turn from that to sins of anger, lust, greed and envy. When you imagine your sins as returning to devour your own vomit, the act of turning away from God’s beautiful promises becomes appropriately disgusting.

This was the message that John the Baptist and Isaiah had to share. Repent! Turn from your evil ways and don’t go back to them! Jesus will come again and the peace that he offers will be yours! The Psalmist encourages us today to not return to our folly but focus on Jesus where, “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other… The LORD will indeed give what is good.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, forgive us when we foolishly turn from you to the sins that we so often commit. Give us the strength and faith in Jesus to turn from our evil ways. Keep us ever watchful for Jesus second coming when peace and perfection will be ours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


About vicarhoff

I am thrilled and honored to be serving as vicar/intern at Christ the King Lutheran Church and School for a whole year!

Posted on December 1, 2011, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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