Friday, April 9, 2021

Psalm 9 Devotional Thoughts by Stephen Taylor

Psalm 9:1

I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

Today, my little nephew was praying over his pancakes, and he thanked God for his skin! At first, I just kind of laughed, thinking it was too cute, but God started dealing with me about it and how I take so many gifts from Him for granted, like my skin and so many other things! So, for the next week, I am going to actively thank God for something in my life I take for granted and challenge you to do the same! 

In this crazy world we live in, I find myself focusing on the negative things instead of the positive things. And it’s easy to focus on the chaos around us, but there is one constant we should focus on, and that is Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! He has given so much, and I personally take it for granted, but I’m ready to change that!

Today, I want to be like my nephew and be thankful for the gifts He has given me daily! Thank You, Father for my skin!!!!!!!!


Psalm 9:13-14

LORD, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death, that I may declare your praises in the gates of Daughter Zion, and there rejoice in your salvation.


I see the Gospel in the tale of these two gates! I see the gates of death as our wages for our sins, and the fact is nothing but the Lord’s mercy and grace can save us! If He doesn’t lift David up from here, then David will never leave there, and that’s the same for us! We are completely helpless to save ourselves, and only the righteous blood of Jesus can set us free and take us from one gate to another! And what do we do once He takes us from death to life? Praise Him and rejoice in our salvation! Share it with those around us and telling them all about the Living God who set us free!


Last night during Bible study, we were talking about the thieves on the crosses next to Jesus, and the Lord pressed something into me. There are two kinds of people in this world. There is the thief on His left who mocked and ridiculed Him, and the one on His right who accepted and turned to Him. But the thing the Lord showed me last night and this morning is that they had a few things in common. They were both dying physically, they both had the same encounter with Jesus, and they both had a choice to make – to believe and receive or reject and be lost.


We are either one thief or the other. Which one are you? There is not a third thief. There is not a third option. We’re all dying physically, we’re all given the same Jesus to come to, and we all have a choice to make. Faith in Christ equals freedom from sin, death, and shame. Rejection of Christ equals a rejection of freedom, life, and hope. The tale of two gates, but which one will you enter?


Matthew 7:13-14 – “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate, and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”


God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor and Praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our crucified and resurrected King, and the Holy Spirit who leads us loving through this life into the next!





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