Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading Thursday December 29, 2022

Theme: Wilful Idleness And Willing Workers

Text: “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.” – Psalms 116:12-14.

Comment: Being mindful of the many wonderful things God had done for him by way of deliverance, guidance, elevation to the position of kingship and so on, King David posed the question as to what should be the most fitting way for him to show appreciation to God. He answered by saying that it is to give oneself to the duty of doing the work of God and giving glory to His name. In another Psalm King David stated, “For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” – Psalm 51:16, 17.

 

It would be recalled Naaman decided to give himself to true worship after what God had done for him through Elisha the prophet.   He confessed: “…Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel…for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD.” – 2 Kings 5:15-17.

 

A number of women whose names were mentioned by Luke – Mary called Magdalene, Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, “which ministered unto him of their substance” did so on account of the great things God had done for them through Jesus Christ.  –  Luke 8:1-3.

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