Thursday Morning Devotion (Hearing the Truth Teller)

O Lord our God, the majesty and glory of your name fills all the earth and overflows the heavens. You have taught the little children to praise you perfectly. May their example shame and silence your enemies!

When I look up into the night skies and see the work of your fingers – the moon and the stars you have made – I cannot understand how you can bother with mere puny man, to pay any attention to him! And yet you have made him only a little lower than the angels, and placed a crown of glory and honor upon his head. Psalm 8:1-5 TLB

I came home last night feeling pretty beat up. And I suspect with that statement, there are several nodding heads and half-smiles that tell me “Yup! Been there and felt that!” I drove home with no radio; just complete silence. That’s unusual for me because I generally love music with my commute. I wanted silence. I wanted the silence because most of my day had been a calliope of voices ALL DAY! Some of the noise came from the actual crowd that is physically part of my environment. Some of the noise was from ‘stuff’ that people screamed at me through their actions and bad attitudes! (Just because I might be paranoid – doesn’t mean they aren’t after me!) And some of the noise was an internal audio tape of ‘stuff’ that I have heard before or words that I thought on my own that people might be saying!

So I drove home wanting to hear THE TRUTH TELLER! I asked God to sift through the day and separate the truth from lies and speak to me. The words from this Psalm were the first words I heard.

Too often we allow ourselves to listen to the wrong ‘station’ frequency inside our heads or in our spirits. 1 Peter 5:8 says that the enemy is a lion the prowls about looking for an opportunity to tear us apart and eat us whole! We MUST intentionally SEEK God’s truth and soak ourselves in HIS TRUTH!

If I hear that I am ‘nothing’ or ‘less than’ someone else, may I recall God’s proclamation of love in Jeremiah 31:3 and Romans 5:8.

If I think God doesn’t see my struggles to meet the needs (not wants!) of my family, may I remember His promises in Scriptures that are numerous!!! They include: Psalm 103:2-3, Matthew 7:9-11, and John 10:10.

In this world, I know and see terrible suffering and events that appear so tragic and, yes, unfair, and wonder, “Where are you, God?” Remember that Jesus said in John 16:31-33 that while trouble may come, HE has OVERCOME the world’s evil. We know how the ‘story’ ends – Revelation 12:11 and 21:1-7. Jesus will walk in front of us and with us and hold us up – I am NOT alone and that is a LIE if that is what I hear!

So I got beat up a bit yesterday but last night I read God’s promises and I slept knowing that my Lord loves me and is with me. I speak that same blessing of truth to each one of you! Take time today and read these Scriptures and let God show you that there are even more!

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