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Tuesday, March 10

Psalm 25 (NIV)
In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.

I trust in you;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous without cause.

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.

Devotion

Sunday morning, Monday morning. I am reminded of an old song from the 50s sung by the great Dinah Washington:  “What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours…”  The song ends with a fitting zinger, “And the difference is you,” appropriate within the meaning of the song as well as, I am hopeful, our own more spiritual context.  It might be helpful to first back up and examine what exactly we mean by this deceptively glib title.  Maybe we’re simply acknowledging the inevitable passage of time, and how the normal course of events impacts our daily lives.  If that’s the case, then it’s no big deal, merely “24 little hours.”  But we can refine this further.

I’ve become convinced that this simple little title potentially holds enormous consequences for our lives.  The title suggests to me a loss of closeness to God.  All the “warm, fuzzy” feelings that were kindled on Sunday morning have evaporated like the morning mist a day later.  And we find our “new” selves maddeningly like our “old” selves, full of the same struggles with selfishness, hatefulness, and all the other faults (okay, they’re sins!) we swore off the day before. We’re the same God-less, full-of-flaws Christians we’ve always been.  Discouraging!

What’s the solution?  In thinking about this, this verse from Psalm 25 leapt out at me:  In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.  The heaviness I had been feeling lifted, and I had a sense of the constancy of God.  Monday mornings will continue to come and go, but we can trust in God’s reliability.  My hope is in you all day long. Thanks be to our awesome God!

Prayer

Our most gracious, loving Father, we humbly thank you for your boundless goodness.  Give us courage to stand on your promises, and live lives worthy of being called Your children.  We ask it all in the strong name of Your beloved Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Jim Scopelitis