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Daily reading: 7 June

Keep your heart free from pride.

Something to read

On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.

Psalm 138:3 from full reading of Psalm 138

Something to think about

This Psalm indicates how much David maintained a great respect in his relationship with God. His worship in God’s house flowed from his understanding of how God was involved in his everyday life.

David had experienced God’s unfailing love and faithfulness through the longevity of his life. There were times in David’s experience that he felt totally surrounded by struggles. Yet in this Psalm 138 we discover that David carried some faith convictions in his heart that sustained him through those times when he might have felt abandoned by God. 

Verse 2 reminds us that David believed God’s promises were intertwined with the consistent and honourable nature of God. Verse 3 reassures us that we can know sufficient strength for whatever situation or season we are in.

Verse 6 indicates that if we keep our heart free from pride, God will reach down to us and show us how much he really cares for us.

In verse 8 David recognised that God would not be deflected from working out his plan for his personal future. 

Something to do

Take time to construct faith building convictions that will make us personally robust in times of adversity. Meditate on lessons from God’s word that could make all the difference in how we negotiate crises and navigate our way through to the other side. 

Something to pray

Faithful God thank you for who you are and how you have invested so much into developing us as your greatly loved children. Help us not to forget all the special ways you intervene. May we be reminded afresh to appreciate your unfailing love, your faithful promises, your timely encouragement and infusion of grace just when we most need it.  

Today’s contributor is Dr. Leigh Goodwin, assistant director of mission for Assemblies of God, lecturer at Mattersey Hall and IBTI.