August 31 | Daily Devotion

August 31 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina

Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.” ~Psalm 146:3

Psalm 145

Here is a psalm of praise to God for all His mighty works, including His compassion. “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made” (vv. 8-9). And this great God grants us our desires. “He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them” (v. 19). So praise Him!

Psalm 146

Our trust is in the Lord, not in man. “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men who cannot save” (v. 3). It’s all about who you know is still an appropriate trope, as long as you are talking about the Lord! A relationship with the prince, or any other person of strength, can serve you well, but ultimately your hope does not rest in him coming through for you. The One to put your faith in is the Lord who reigns forever (v. 10).

Psalm 147

Sing praise to the God who does great things for us! Sing praise to the God who blesses the city. In this case, Jerusalem. He lifts up the humble and cares for the poor. He causes it to rain and feeds the cattle. He blesses the people and protects the nation. He is even sovereign over the seasons of the year—He sends snow and causes it to melt. And He gives us His Word. So grab a handy instrument as the psalmist suggests in verse 7 and sing to Him.

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.