Devotional – September 1, 2004

Thus says the Word of God:

The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love;
teach me your statutes!

(Psalm 119:64, ESV)

There is no doubt that the chores of daily living are difficult in so many times, and tiresome, with all the struggles and disappointments which we have to endure daily. Our Lord Jesus Christ is overwhelmingly frank when he tells us, “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). Even so, our duty as servants of Christ is not to sink in despair, because he has overcome the world; instead, we are encouraged to always have in mind those things that are lovely, honorable, excellent, good and true (Philippians 4:8).

That is the reason why the Psalmist reminds us of that wonderful truth: The steadfast love, the mercy of the Lord, is in all the earth. Even in this world that brings us forth thorns and thistles, pain, sickness and sorrow, God did not leave Himself without witness; very to the contrary, evidences of His love and care for us sprout everywhere to the eye willing to recognize them. It is Him, and none other, who clothes in His glory to the lilies of the field; it is Him, and none other, who makes the sun rise over just and unjust; it is Him, and none other, the One who gave us the waters of the great sea, the silent majesty of the snowy summits, the lush and color of our tropical forest. It is Him, and none other, the One who freely gave us everything, and gave us this earth as our home, so that we might administer it with wisdom and care, bearing witness of the steadfast love of our Creator and Redeemer.

Is this earth, this world, this our home, the theater of God’s mercy. And we, the servants of Christ, are the ones who must show the world the power of God’s mercy, who fills the whole earth. And in order to bear good witness, we need to learn from God’s word. There lies the secret: to be willing to learn God’s will as stated in His Word, His statutes, and apply it to our daily life. May God allow us to show the world, by obeying His word, the mercy of He who had sent His own Son to save us.

Our Lord and Father, whose mercy fills the whole earth: grant us, by your Holy Spirit, the grace of learning, knowing, and practicing the statutes of your Holy Word, so that we might be witnesses of your mercy that fills the earth, and show forth the love of Christ to every creature. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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