Journey Through The Bible Hero

FEBRUARY 23, 2021 DEVOTION

Leviticus 14:1-57, Mark 6:30-56, Psalm 40:1-10, Proverbs 10:11-12

“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair; out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground, and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what He had done and be astounded. They will put their trust in the Lord. Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord.” (Psalm 40:1-4 NLT)

I can easily identify with the words written by the Psalmist in this 40th Psalm. Before I knew the Lord, I was searching for lasting fulfillment (which could only come from Him) through many venues, activities and relationships.

But one day, the Lord “turned to me and heard my cry.” When I put my faith and trust in Him, “He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground…He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God” (Psalm 40:1-3).

Question – “How has the Lord worked mightily in your life to rescue you, deliver you, transform you, or change you – and what kind of praises can you offer to Him for what He’s done in your life?” Has the Lord saved you from your sins and given you a new life? Then, praise Him for it. Has the Lord brought stability to your life? If he has, take time right now to praise Him for it. Has the Lord brought joy to your life and given you a song of praise and thanksgiving? If He has, take time right now to praise Him for it. Has the Lord done a supernatural work through you that others have noted? If He has, praise Him for it. We all need to reflect regularly on what the Lord has done in our lives!

The Psalmist goes on to say, that when the Lord does a supernatural work in our lives, “many will see what He has done and be astounded.” Then, those who are astounded by the miraculous work of God they see in our lives will themselves, “put their trust in the Lord.”

Second Question – “Who has seen or heard from you about the miraculous work of God in your life – and in turn put their faith and trust in the Lord?” That is a question we must constantly be asking ourselves. Who are others who have been touched and transformed by the Lord because of what they’ve seen the Lord do in my life or your life? The Bible teaches that our faith and walk with the Lord should always be impacting and influencing others for the kingdom. Jesus said in Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they will see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.” He didn’t say that they would glorify us when they saw the Lord’s work in our lives – but our Heavenly Father. Jesus also said in Acts 1:8, “But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about Me everywhere.” In other words, when we are closely connected to the Lord, and living daily in the power of the Holy Spirit, we will be witnesses for Him. Others will hear and see “what He has done in our lives” and they will be “astounded and put their trust in the Lord.”

Third Question – “Who do you need to share with, minister to and influence for the kingdom of God?” The Lord has people all around you who need to know what the Lord has done in your life – and when you are faithful to share that information with them in the power of the Holy Spirit, they will be astounded by what the Lord has done for you and they will put their trust in the Lord!

As you pray today: 1) Thank the Lord for all that He has done for you; 2) Ask the Lord to reveal to you the people that you most need to be sharing with, ministering to, and influencing for the kingdom of God; and 3) Ask the Lord to fill you with His power, so that you can witness in the power of the Holy Spirit rather than your own strength and ability.