Daily Devotion-May 11, 2022

Daily Devotion-May 11, 2022

Psalm 9:9-10 

The Lord will be a refuge for those who have been crushed, a refuge for times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for providing all with a place they can go when they deal with the challenges of this world. This world is full of things that can crush us; the news of sickness, disease, or cancer in our families or in us is hard to hear. Things others say and do can affect us; it can really cut deep if it is from a loved one. Then there are the things that weigh on our conscience and leave us with guilt. Then along with sickness, some feel the effects of depression in their life, unaware of why it is there. Lord, all these things can make us feel crushed; after all, all these things are the effects of sin in our lives and part of living in this world.

But we are not alone. You provide us with a safe haven where we can go when the world and our sinful desires get the best of us. The refuge is in Christ. He came to this world and lived the perfect life in our place; then, he suffered for all our sins to give us forgiveness. He has removed all those sins that weigh us down with guilt; he has forgiven us. He has also forgiven those who have sinned against us and tells us also to forgive them. While forgiveness may seem challenging and, at times, impossible, you gave us an example in your Word. Your Son asked you to forgive those who put him on the cross. So we start by asking forgiveness, saying those words out loud between you and us. The power of the spoken word is powerful; it is also a measure of trust we have in you.

Trusting you means we listen to your words and do as you have directed us, and forgiveness is key. When Jesus taught us to pray, he said, “forgive us our trespasses as we have been forgiven.” Please give us the strength to forgive and find a resting place. Those who seek you will find refuge in you; you will not abandon them. Thank you for giving us a respite in your Son, our Lord. Amen.

Written through Pastor Roger Emmons

The peace of forgiveness from all you have done is yours, and Jesus gives you refuge with salvation. Is this not worth sharing with someone who is also in need?