Our culture is in a Truth war. We are in a battle for God's truth versus man's truth, and unfortunately the vast majority cry in favor of man's truth. Even scholars and pastors and big time Christian leaders.
The only way we can win the battle of Truth is to see to it we read God's truth every day. I know for moms it can be super hard to find time to dig into the Word. Especially when we just don't know where to start, or we only have 5 or 10 minutes before someone comes looking for you!
I was so thrilled to stumble upon this packed little devotional by Timothy Keller called: The Songs of Jesus: a Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms.
Now, there is something you should know about me...if you don't already. I am very, very selective when it comes to devotional books. I do not like fluff and I do not like biblical truth lacking in a devotional (yes, they do exist!)
So when I recommend a devotional, you can be sure you are not going to get something to tickle the ears or lead you astray from God's truth.
Timothy Keller does an excellent job with breaking down the Psalms into bit sized readings and helping the average reader understand it at a deeper level.
The October 28th entry begins with reading Psalm 118:1-9 (and each Psalm selection is written right inside the book to make it easy).
This passage addresses God's goodness and His love enduring forever. It furthers states it is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.
Timothy had this to say:
"Don't trust in man. What does it mean to "trust in humans" (verse 8)? It is to build your life on the approval of others. You may feel good about yourself only if someone is romantically in love with you, or if you are being praised and complimented on your looks, intellect, or talent. But this will make you too needy of both affirmation and sexual intimacy, too devastated by criticism, too starry-eyed about celebrity. What is it to "trust in princes" (verse 9)? It is to make an idol out of power, to want too much to have influential friends, to need too much to be in charge yourself. This will leave you increasingly lonely as time goes on, for the essence of love is humble service (Romans 15:2). Take refuge in God."
With his assessment, I would even add that to trust in princes also means to trust those in power. Whether in government, Christian leadership, or Christian authors. We should always seek God first. Everything that is said, especially from other Christians, needs to be lined up with God's word FIRST.
This is how this devotional challenges me. It helps me think about how this applies to me now, today. It reminds me to press in further to God and less into man.
If you are in need of a biblically solid devotional that packs a punch, I recommend The Songs of Jesus. There is one entry for each day of the year. You can start it at any time.
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