August 5 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina

“To this I will appeal: the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand. I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.”
~Psalm 77:10-11

OLD TESTAMENT

Psalm 75

When powerful enemies appear to threaten the security of God’s people, it is good to remember that God is still the judge of all the earth. Things may appear unstable in the world or in your life, but you can give thanks that the world is not falling apart. In the Lord’s words, “It is I who hold the pillars firm” (v. 3).

God is in charge; He is sovereign over the events of this big world and the events of our little worlds. So we have great reason to hope and to sing. “As for me, I will declare this forever: I will sing praise to the God of Jacob” (v. 9).

Psalm 76

This psalm is thematically related to Psalm 75. When God’s people are surrounded by enemies (as they often are in Asaph’s day), there is hope in the Lord. “In Judah God is known; his name is great in Israel” (v. 1). God is famous for His greatness! What is more, God is present with His people and ready to come to their rescue (v. 2). Like Israel, it doesn’t matter how powerful our foes may be because “He breaks the spirit of rulers; he is feared by the kings of the earth” (v. 12). If you are surrounded by trouble, find hope in the God who is both famous and great among His people. He is with you and will rise to save you in your affliction (v. 9).

Psalm 77

When we are in distress, we should cry out to God for help until He comes to help us (v. 2)! And when we think He has forgotten us, we should recall His powerful ways from times past. “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago” (v. 11). In remembering God’s past deliverance in our lives, we are encouraged in the present. As John Piper explains, “The infinite reservoir of future grace is flowing back through the present into the ever-growing pool of past grace. The inexhaustible reservoir is invisible except through the promises. But the ever-enlarging pool of God’s past grace is visible. And God means for the certainty and beauty and depth [of his past grace] to strengthen us” (Living By Faith in Future Grace). May recalling God’s past deliverance strengthen you in the present!

NEW TESTAMENT

Since we are completely saved by the grace of God, do we have the freedom to go on living however we want? Absolutely not, writes the apostle Paul (Rom. 6:2)!  Salvation by God’s grace means we are in a new relationship with Christ (we have been “baptized” or “immersed” into Him). And this new relationship means life! It means we put every part of our selves (body and mind) into doing what is right. With the help of God’s spirit, old habits give way to new habits so that we can enjoy a life of freedom.


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.