Day 1 Psalms – Week 44 Devotional

By November 28, 2016Daily Devotional

Pray:

Ask God to orient or reorient you to Himself. Confess any known sin. Thank Him for His forgiveness. Be still and reflect on Jesus and His sacrifice for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to God’s Word. Pray for others in your life that they, too, would know and love God today.

Read:

Exodus 3:14-15

“14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ “This is my name forever, the name you shall call me from generation to generation.”

Understand:

If you’ve grown up in church, more than likely you know the story of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. Joseph had long since died in Egypt and his people, the Israelites, had increased in number. They had grown so numerous that the Egyptians resented them. During that time, the people of Israel became oppressed by Pharaoh. In order to control the population, he dictated that every male child born to a Hebrew woman would be killed. This is this time in history that Moses was born. His mother hid him for three months. When she could no longer conceal him, she put him in a wicker basket and placed him in the Nile River. Ultimately, he was discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter.

Moses was taken into Pharaoh’s family and raised as one of his own. As an adult, Moses saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew man, one of his own people. Moses struck the Egyptian, killing him, and was forced to flee for his life.

In Midian, Moses married and became a shepherd. One day while out with his flock, he encountered the LORD in the midst of a burning bush! It was there that God called Moses to lead his people out of Egypt and revealed Himself to Moses by saying “I AM WHO I AM.”

The name I AM proclaims God as self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, and sovereign. The fuller name I AM WHO I AM may mean I AM BECAUSE I AM or I WILL BE THAT I WILL BE.

Apply:

There is good news in these verses for us today. The God who appeared to Moses is the same God that appeared to you and me! Because of the work of Jesus Christ, we have forgiveness of sins and a relationship with Him that will last forever. It’s true! Hebrews 13:8 tells us Jesus is the same “yesterday, and today, and forever.” He is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, and sovereign—He is stable and trustworthy. No matter where you may find yourself today, you can rest assured that nothing can separate you from the love of Christ.

Take a moment and reflect back to when this self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, and sovereign God, Jesus Christ, made Himself known to you. What was going on in your life at that time? We can read stories of burning bushes and think, “I’ve never had a miraculous experience like that.” Maybe not a burning bush, but the fact that this all powerful God would reveal Himself to you is just as miraculous!

Take some time now and remember. Remember all that He has done for you and offer Him your praise and worship.

Live:

(Personalize this prayer today; make it specific to the circumstances that face you.)
Ask God to lead you through His Spirit as you go through your day. Ask Him to bring to mind the truth of the gospel and its implications for what you will encounter today. Tell Him “Yes” to His will and ask Him for His power and protection to live this “yes.” Ask God to create and reveal opportunities to proclaim the good news today. KEEP PRAYING THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY.

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