Daily Devotion on Psalm 1

Devotion Text: Psalm 1

What kind of God do you believe in?

For many, “god” is nothing more than an unknowable force in the sky. Maybe that god did something to create the universe and maybe that god cares about what happens to us after we die, but he certainly doesn’t care about us on a day-to-day basis. Who would have that kind of time!

For others, “god” is exceedingly powerful and that makes him exceedingly scary. These god-fearers will do anything to appease the angry god they believe in–from counterfeit good works, to over-the-top material sacrifices. While they hope they have done enough, there is never enough comfort that this god will turn aside his powerful wrath.

Still others believe in a “god” in which love, rather than justice, is the overwhelming trait. This god would never condemn any one, regardless of their misdeeds. This god would have no need for hell or demons. This god gave us laws for only civil reasons and those who don’t believe in him will be taken to heaven regardless of what the Bible says.

So, what kind of God do you believe in?

As Christians, we believe in the God that the Bible tells us about. Psalm 1 tells us exactly who God is! He is a God of love–loving his people and blessing them with all of his gifts. Our God, the true God, is also a God of justice–repaying the wrong of unbelievers that have rejected his mercy.

Our God is not far off and he is not unknowable. He is both loving and just. Our God does not demand anything other than what his Son has already accomplished–a perfect life lived and a innocent death in our place. Believe in the exact kind of God our God says he is. There is no other!

Prayer: Lord, you I love with all my heart. I pray you never from me depart–with tender mercies cheer me. Earth has no pleasure I would share. Heaven itself were void and bare–if you Lord were not near me. And should my heart for sorrow break, my trust in you no one could shake. You are the treasure I have sought! Your precious blood my soul has bought! Lord Jesus Christ, my God and Lord, Forsake me not! I trust your Word. Amen. (Christian Worship 434)

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About Michael Schottey

Michael Schottey is a Christian, husband, father of two boys, sportswriter, and aspiring author. He graduated from Martin Luther College with a degree in Biblical Languages in 2009. A lifelong midwesterner, he moved to Florida with his family in 2010 and is a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church (WELS).

Posted on January 27, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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