August 12 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina

“The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure.” ~Psalm 93:1

OLD TESTAMENT

Psalm 93

Standing with my wife on the north shores of Hawaii, where the world’s greatest surfers come to test their skills, I felt a world away from the relatively calm waters of Honolulu, less than an hour away by car. Twenty-five foot swells crashed down with such force that I couldn’t wade out more than a few yards for fear of being physically injured by the ocean’s brute force. It was beautiful and dangerous.

The poet tells us that the seas speak to us. “The seas have lifted up, O Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves” (v. 3). In the roar and crash of the waters is a resounding message: God is powerful. “Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers [waves] of the sea—the Lord on high is mighty” (v. 4). There is much you can learn about God from His creation. Look and listen. Enjoy God in all that you see and hear! Whether we hear crashing waves testify to His might or the calm beauty of a Midwestern afternoon whisper of His peacefulness, all of creation is calling out a message to us!

Psalm 94

Once again we see that God is a God who avenges, and Psalm 94 is a call for Him to do just that. “O Lord, the God who avenges, O God who avenges, shine forth” (v. 1). Those who live wickedly and bring harm to the people of God will be punished. Those who submit to God’s discipline and amend their ways will be blessed. God corrects us for our good (vv. 12-13)!  The people who continue in their sinful ways are sure to fall, but the righteous will be rescued even when their foot is slipping along the way (v. 18).

Psalm 95

Psalm 95 contains both an invitation and a caution. “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker,” the psalmist calls (v. 6). He then invokes history in order to provide a warning to all who worship the Lord: be not like your forefathers who became stubborn and rejected the Lord. “Do not harden your hearts” is a warning we all need to hear and heed (v. 8).

NEW TESTAMENT

Paul writes about one of the most mysterious aspects of salvation, its corporate dimension (the salvation of entire groups/races of people) and the implications for the old church (Israel) and the new (all non-Jews). Paul has already explained that Israel comprises the roots of our faith community. The new church is made up of believers who have been grafted in and are growing as part of a great spreading tree. At some time in the future, when “the full number of the Gentiles has come in” (v. 25), the old church will be grafted back into the tree. As a result, the future one church will be people from “every nation, tribe, people and language” gathered in worship (Rev. 7:9). Somehow, in a way that is beyond our ability to fully comprehend (see Rom. 11:33-36), this is all part of a grand, sovereign master plan! Wow!


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.