Weekly Devotional for 3/19/23

“And the bramble said to the trees, ‘If in good faith you are anointing me king over you, then come and take refuge in my shade …’” Judges 9:15. We must be careful of the alliances we make. We must not be unequally yoked in this life. We cannot compromise with the world. For if we do … terrible consequences will follow. Abimelech was bad news from the start. The jealous and ambitious son of Gideon’s concubine, he got into the hearts of the people that were already corrupted by the worship of Baal to be their leader. After they’d justified this bad idea by saying, “He is our brother,” he killed all seventy of his half-brothers from his father’s wives. He was, after all, a bramble with long thorns—probably like the crown the soldiers wove for Christ. What did they expect when they took refuge in his shade? And what do Christians expect when they identify more with the values of the world than they do the church? And their lives resemble celebrities more than Christ? When they can name every player on the field or every song in the countdown but aren’t having private study or family devotional time? The brambles are plentiful—and sharp. Whose shade are you taking refuge in?  


“To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me” Psalm 25:1-2. That this is one of nine acrostic poems in Psalms isn’t readily evident in English translations of the Bible, but each line begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, similarly organized to 9, 10, 34, 37, 111, 112, 119 (most famously), and 145. Perhaps the sentiment is better known in the 1971 song, “Unto Thee, O Lord,” by Charles Monroe: 1. Unto Thee, O Lord do I lift up my soul, 2. Yea, let none that wait on Thee be ashamed, 3. Remember not the sins of my youth … O my God, I trust in Thee. Let me not be ashamed, let not my enemies triumph over me. While the psalm has the tetragrammaton LORD (YHWH), the song uses Lord (Adonai), which for an audience in the New Testament time often refers to Jesus, who is one with the Father (John 10:30). In both, the psalmist is entrusting that which is most precious to him to God who will care for him and protect him from all harm. How good it feels to be held in the arms of the Creator (John 1:1-3) who loves and sustains if we truly and willingly submit to Him fully. He promises to care for you if you do.

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