DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Bible Text: Psalm 48:1-14
Key Verse: “For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death” (Psalm 48:14).
The paths of life are a tangled web of attractions. They seek people’s attention and suck them in, especially when such people are not careful enough to search for, and move in the right direction.
Many therefore, live in the vain belief that they are doing the right things, only to be hit at the end with disappointment that all their efforts, strivings, accomplishments have been utterly meaningless; that they had gone on the wrong path and lived a worthless life. The Israelites were never oblivious of the need for guidance and a Guide. The almighty God was their benefactor. However, from time to time in their checkered history, they willfully went astray. Yet, each time they sought a change of course, the Lord was always there to show them the way.
This psalm is written to extol the goodness of God in their lives. He was ever present with them, guiding them on the way to go. His presence provided them the security they needed, and brought salvation from their enemies. This was a cause of great joy for them. God was their defender. Many times, the city of Jerusalem was besieged by enemies. But after each battle, the Israelites habitually re-examine themselves and undertake an inspection tour of the city to strengthen its defences. At the end, they always praise God for the protection He provided them. They never ceased to marvel at His greatness.
There is need to appreciate God for all His past dealings in our lives – for salvation, victory and provisions and also realize that we stand no chance of making meaningful progress in life unless we allow Him to guide us. Without Him, we would take wrong decisions that may have serious consequences. Whether in the area of marriage, career or day-to-day activities, we must make God our Guide.
Thought for the day: God does not lead astray.
Bible Reading in one Year: PSALM 92 – 100