Daily Devotion for January 27, 2015

Let them know that it is your hand, that you, Lord, have done it (Psalm 109:27).

Scripture: Psalm 109:21-27
Song: “Blessed Be Your Name”

I think one of the most heart-wrenching questions in all of Scripture must be when Isaac asks his father Abraham, “Where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” (Genesis 22:7). Knowing God had commanded him to offer his son as the sacrifice, Abraham nevertheless responds, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son” (v. 22:8).
Testimonies are easy to give when God has blessed us. Far more compelling are testimonies about the other times—when we’re still waiting for anticipated deliverance in tough times.
In this psalm David prays for deliverance from serious distress. His words suggest a potent mixture of physical, spiritual, and emotional pain.
We do know his heart is wounded. Spiritually and emotionally, he’s hurting. But David doesn’t merely pray for deliverance. He prays that his enemies will see God at work in his life. In other words, he wants God to receive the blessing.
Do you realize that you will never receive a better opportunity to praise God than during times of trial and suffering? It’s during those times of hardship that your testimony prior to
deliverance will show others that God has done this.

Lord, I have known both times of joy and times of trial in this world. Whenever difficulties cloud my days, I pray that all will hear words of praise as I look forward to Your deliverance in this life or the next. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

— Scripture: Psalm 109:21-27