Focus Verse: Lord our God, you answered them; you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds. (8)
Moses, Aaron and Samuel all called on the Lord and were answered by Him. This brings me much comfort. As much as I would like to think that I am perfect and not in need of forgiveness, I know I fail daily and each day need to ask God for His help and mercy. Just as He answered the people of Israel with forgiveness, I know He will answer me too.
Focus Verse: Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. (3)
Why should we praise the Lord? Because we are not our own. He made us and we belong to Him.
Focus Verse: Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly. (2)
We’ve probably all been in a similar desperate situation as this psalmist. We pray and pray, but fail to hear an answer or see a breakthrough from God. During such times, it is easy to get discouraged and quit trying to get in contact with God. Don’t do easy. Instead, pray some more.
Focus Verse: While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. (16)
Our cities are full of idols. No, not the ones made of gold or silver or stone. These idols sit in our driveways, hang in our malls and cover our bedroom walls. There is nothing wrong with having nice or expensive things. There is nothing wrong with admiring someone who is talented in what they do. But do we strive to be like a popular star more than we strive to be like Christ? Is the make and model of our car more important than the mission God has called us to? Do we spend more time in Scripture or in the stores? And when we do shop or work or go to school or eat or go to the movies, are we doing it to bring glory to God? Just like the people of Athens, some of us are ignorant of the very thing or things we worship. But anything that takes preeminence over God in our lives is an idol.