March 7 – Devotion

Date: March 7, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 59

O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.(Psalm 59:17, ESV)

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where terrible, hurtful things were said to or about you? Or have you found yourself in a situation where there were those who may have wanted to physically harm you? Have you heard the phrase, “You reap what you sow?” These two ideas are linked in my mind.

When I was a child my mother would say regularly to me, “You reap what you sow.” When I was confronted by bullies at school, or even as I grew older and there were those who would do or say things that were very hurtful or untrue, either to me or others I knew, I would share these things with my mother. She would respond, “Son, they are only sowing seeds of unkindness. Remember, you reap what you sow, and they will reap their reward one day, even though they think they are getting away with it. God will take care of those who do those kind of things.” 

In Psalm 59, David finds himself in a situation like this. He writes of how he is surrounded on all sides by those who seek to do him harm by slanderous words or physical harm. He cries out to God to shield and deliver him. Again, as in so many other times during his life, his faith remained steadfast in that his help and his deliverance came from God.

Many times King Saul had wanted to kill David. In this Psalm, David describes his accusers as a pack of bloodthirsty, vicious, wild dogs, waiting to attack him from all sides. They continually looked for ways to harm and seek to destroy him, even though he was innocent. They thought their words were not heard by God or anyone else. They thought that their behavior would destroy David, and find favor with others, but by their actions and slanderous words, they sealed their judgment by the seeds they had sown. David recognized that he needed God to deliver him, and he prayed for mercy and protection. He called upon God to

Kill them not, lest my people forget;
make them totter by your power and bring them down,
O Lord, our shield! (v. 17, ESV)

While this psalm begins as a psalm of distress, it ends as a song of deliverance and praise.

O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love. (Psalm 59:17, ESV)

In Matthew 12:36, Jesus said, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt. 12:36-37, ESV). As we go about our daily lives, may the words that come from our mouths be carefully “sown” to build one another up, to express compassion and love one to another, and may we turn to our Heavenly Father to ask for his mercy and forgiveness when we fail to do so.

Prayer for the Journey: Father, help us this day to follow the example of Christ, to love one another, and to let the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts “be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, our rock and redeemer” (Ps. 19:14, ESV). Amen.

Prepared by Ramey Hankins

5 Responses to “March 7 – Devotion”

  1. Paula Mann says:

    Thank you Ramey! Great devo this morning.

  2. Mary Simpson says:

    Ramey, you are such a wonderful encourager. Words are so important!

  3. Debbie Keen says:

    Inspiring devotion this morning, Ramey! Thank you!

  4. Marlene Amick says:

    Ramey, thank you for this beautiful devotional reminding us that God is our refuge and strength and that right ultimately wins out. Thank you for your service to the Lord in our church family. We appreciate you.

  5. Carole Kelly says:

    I returned today to the ‘prayer for the journey’ along with your other powerful thoughts that you shared, Ramey. Thank you for this way to walk, this inspiration.

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