January 24 | Daily Devotion

If you plan to read every verse of Scripture this year, use the Lectio Continua (continuous reading) passages. The Lectio Semi-continua (shorter reading) is an abbreviated selection of verses from the day’s passages. Lectio Divina (divine reading) is Pastor Lionel Young’s commentary on the daily readings. See the Resources page on the Lectio Divina website for additional study helps.

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina (meditation on the text)

“The the Lord said to Moses, ‘Get up early in the morning and confront Pharaoh as he goes to the river and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.”” ~Exodus 8:20

One of the great theological themes of Scripture is found in the book of Exodus. We saw it in yesterday’s reading and it reappears today (and again tomorrow). God is saving His people so that they can worship Him (Ex. 3:12, 4:23, 4:31, 5:1, 7:16, 8:20, 9:1, 13, 10:3, 7, passim). He confronts the hard-hearted Pharaoh with one national tragedy after another so that he will let the Israelite slaves go. God will eventually have His way, and His rescued people will worship Him as free men and women.

With Israel’s exodus from Egypt, God shows His greatness and offers a sneak peek at His plan for humanity. He saves His people for His glory, so that they may worship Him, and for their good because worshipping Him is the greatest good. The rescued nation worships God with lips (singing, praying, and praising) and lives (daily obedience to His laws, compassion toward others, and teaching His statutes to the next generation). Centuries later, God stages another rescue. This time He sends His Son to suffer and die on the cross to save His people from their sins (Matt. 17:1-13).   But His reasons for doing so, His goals, do not change.

The great Westminster Catechism defines the purpose of our lives like this: “What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Worship is our reason to be, and it is God’s objective for saving us. All of Scripture was written to teach us how to live for this end.

Can you honestly say that you live out your worship? Are you connecting your purpose as a Christ-follower with the things you do every day at home, at school, at work? It is the only purpose in life that will satisfy. In the words of Augustine, “Stir us up to take delight in yourself…our hearts are restless ’til they find their rest in you.”

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.