July 31 | Daily Devotion

July 31 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina

“One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: ‘Power belongs to you, God, and with you, Lord, is unfailing love;’ and, ‘You reward everyone according to what they have done.“~Psalm 62:11-12

Psalm 62

The expression “one thing…two things“from verse 11 is a poetic device. The poet is creatively saying that there are two traits of God that together comprise the most important characteristic of God. He is strong, and He is loving. He is not one or the other depending upon the situation. God, in His strength, always acts in love toward His people—and the God who loves His people has the strength to act on their behalf. Can anything greater be said of this God!? May your soul find rest in Him (v. 1)!

Psalm 63

When the psalmist is weary, he finds rest in God. And so, David makes a commitment: “I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands”(v. 4). God has promised protection and deliverance from enemies. Those who wrong David “will be given over to the sword”(v. 10).

We do not praise God only for who He is, but also for what He does. In fact, His character and His actions are inseparable.[1] Because of who God is (just, loving), He acts in certain ways (brings about justice, shows his love). So let us praise Him because of who He is and for all the things He has done and will do!

Psalm 64

Once again, David the psalmist writes a poem of “complaint.“He has been ambushed by enemies (perhaps both literally and figuratively). People are conspiring against him, speaking evil things about him, and plotting his demise. Yes, even good people are treated incredibly badly! Moses, Job, David, and Jesus all experienced this, and they are only a few of the examples in the Bible’s pages!

We cannot assume that suffering people have done something to deserve their pain! Scripture has been quite clear about that. So what do we do when we face such difficult times? We put our hope in God by complaining to Him. And we wait for Him to act. “But God will shoot them with arrows; suddenly they will be struck down”(v. 7). If you have been wronged, don’t get even. Get on your knees and complain to God. Then watch Him fight for you!


[1] There is a popular lyric in the old praise song “Because of Who You Are“that is theologically flawed for this very reason. “Lord I praise you, because of who you are, not just because of all the mighty things you have done.”


Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.