Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Psalm 106 lists the many iniquities of Israel and their rejection of God in favor of serving idols. Yet, even after all their sin and high handed disobedience the Psalmist ends with verse 44 -

Nevertheless He looked upon their distress...He remembered His covenant...He made them objects of compassion.

Nevertheless is a lovely word. Even though we sin God chooses to remember His grace for the sake of His name and glory; not because of anything we have done but because of who He is. He looks upon our distress and remembers His grace and provides a way of redemption through His Son, Jesus Christ! He makes us "objects of [His] compassion"! God's love is never deserved but it's always freely given! He is forever faithful to Himself and so remembers His covenant and compassion even to those so undeserving! And so we give thanks to His holy name and bless the Lord from everlasting to everlasting!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Laboring in Vain!?

Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. ~Psalm 127:1-2

As I read this psalm this morning I reflected on the vanity of all things not done in the Lord. We wake up each morning with a "to do" list a mile long of all the things we believe we need to get done in a day. How often do we stop to contemplate the vanity of all done in our own strength and not in the strength and according to the will of God!? All is in vain if it is not of the Lord and done for His glory and according to His plans and purposes for the day and the lives of His beloved! My "to do" list is nothing if it is MY to do list and not HIS. Looking back to Psalm 123 I am reminded that "as the eyes of a maid [look] to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, until He is gracious to us." May I look to Him today, to His grace for this day and submit myself to the work and plans He has for this day that all would be done, not in vain, but to to His glory!