August 6 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina

“I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old—things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us.” ~Psalm 78:2-3

OLD TESTAMENT

Psalm 78

This song recounts God’s faithfulness as well as the unfaithfulness of His people. The songwriter takes us on a journey of highs (God’s heroic deeds on behalf of His people) and lows (the people’s failures). We cannot underestimate the importance of remembering God’s mighty acts as we live out our lives in the present. Israel’s failure to remember, and then recount God’s mighty acts to the next generation, resulted in her perfidy. We have recalled C. S. Lewis’ words on this topic several times in our daily devotions: “We need to be reminded more than we need to be instructed.” This is why daily giving thanks to God, spending regular time in His Word, and faithful attendance at worship are such incredibly important habits. It is so easy to forget and to stray from the faithful God we love.

NEW TESTAMENT

The apostle Paul writes to the church(es) of Rome about the meaning of salvation. We are saved by God’s grace not by our own works, he explained in previous chapters, but salvation is more than the forgiveness of sins. Salvation places us in a relationship with Christ; we are baptized in Him and called to live a new life. However, we will still have struggles Paul tells us in chapter 7. Sometimes the things we want to do, we don’t do; and the things that we don’t want to do, we do. This conflict exists because we are still sinners. So we look forward to the complete victory that will be ours when Christ returns. Until then, we battle on.


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.