Daily Devotion – March 2, 2018

Psalm 19:7-14


The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
and drippings of the honeycomb. 

Moreover by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
But who can detect their errors?
Clear me from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression. 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.



Reflection by Janet Derby

You may have been in worship last Sunday when I spoke with the children about the cost of discipleship. I asked them if they were doing anything or giving up anything for Lent and if so, was it hard? One little boy said yes, it was hard – he has given up homework. I imagined the hard part was that his parents (and teacher) probably think that’s not really an option. Then, in Sunday school when we were talking about why we do things or give up things for Lent, I told them to suppose they gave up candy. This child turned and looked at me and said, “Candy!? Why would I give up candy? I like candy!” He clearly thought I had lost my mind. I can understand why Lent can be a real downer. During this time of self-denial and introspection, it is easy to feel inadequate and dejected. The psalmist here reminds us of the rewards of examining our lives and discerning God’s will. For during those times when we follow God’s way, we find that we are enriched in so many ways. It may be as simple as a grateful smile or as deep as hearing that some act has changed someone’s life. Perhaps when trying to do the right thing becomes difficult, we can remember the psalmist’s words.


Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen.


Leave a Reply