08/15/19 Transformation

READING: Psalms 35-37, Romans 7

In my opinion, one of the most powerful displays of the gospel’s power is its ability to transform our emotions. I’ve seen sad people find joy, discouraged people find hope, worried people find peace, bitter people find forgiveness, and gloomy people find delight. It’s as if God reaches into our heart, changes it, remakes it – and then allows us to show that change on our face. Even when we face struggles, the peace of God is beyond our comprehension.

Hence, today’s words from the psalmist grab my attention. From a negative perspective, we read “do not be agitated” (Psa 37:1, 7, 8) and “refrain from anger and give up your rage” (Psa 37:8). From the positive, we are to “trust in the Lord and do what is good” (Psa 37:3), “take delight in the Lord” (Psa 37:4), and “be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for him” (Psa 37:7). The expectations might seem too difficult to attain – don’t fret, don’t get angry, but instead trust, take delight, and wait silently – except that God really does transform every part of us. Because of His transforming power, we can, and must, truly love Him with all our heart, our soul, and our mind.

Today, I challenge you to spend the day just singing God’s praises. Even if it feels like you’re losing every battle, you’re on the winning side if you’re a follower of Christ. 

PRAYER: “Father, I praise You for who You are and for what You’ve done. Let me sing of You today.”   

TOMORROW’S READING:  Psalms 38-40, Romans 8:1-17