Scripture: Psalm 7:17: “I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.”
Observations: One thing that bothers me about the story of Joseph found in Genesis 37. His brothers thought Joseph thought he was better than they were, but did he really? His dad gave him special attention because he loved him more than his other sons. Did Joseph take advantage of that? He had dreams, and simply told the dreams, but did he hold himself in higher esteem than his brothers? Sometime, I think Joseph was misunderstood. It was kind of like David when he went to kill Goliath and his brothers thought he was just being nosy… Judah surprised me. He was not a man of integrity. He didn’t keep his promise to his daughter-in-law, and sought out prostitutes (lesson to be learned there too). You have to feel sorry for Perez and Zerah. They probably didn’t have much of a life, yet, Judah and Perez are included in the genealogy of Jesus. We can be used of the Lord, no matter what our past. In Luke 15 we have to stories of the Lost sheep, the lost coin and the prodigal son. I think that is what led me to choosing the verse from Psalm 7.
Application: The Lord loves the downcast, not more than the righteous, but he loves them. The Lord is not afraid to come to us when we are sinners, and love us into His kingdom. He is willing to do what it takes to save the one who is lost. Because of that, he deserves our thanks, and our praise!
Prayer: “I praise you Lord, and I lift my voice, to worship you, O my soul rejoice!” Dear Father in heaven, you are the great I Am, you are awesome in power and might. You are worthy of all my praise! Be glorified dear Lord! Praise be to the Father and Praise be to the Son, and Praise be to the Holy Spirit! Thank you for your everlasting love and care. I will praise you in the morning and I will praise you in the evening and I will praise you throughout the day! No one, but you deserves such praise!
Tomorrow’s Reading: Genesis 39-41; Luke 16