Our Daily Bread
- READ: Micah 6:6-8
It is good for me to draw near to God. —Psalm 73:28
Philosophers ponder, “What is the good life and who has it?” I instantly think
of my good friend Roy.
Roy was a gentle, quiet man who sought no recognition, who left the care of his
life to his heavenly Father, and who occupied himself solely with his Father’s
will. His was a heavenly perspective. As he often reminded me: “We are but
Roy passed away last fall. At his memorial service, friends reminisced over his
influence on their lives. Many spoke of his kindness, selfless giving, humility,
and gentle compassion. He was, for many, a visible expression of God’s
After the service, Roy’s son drove to the assisted-living facility where his
father lived out his final days. He gathered up his dad’s belongings: two pairs
of shoes, a few shirts and pants, and a few odds and ends—the sum of Roy’s
earthly goods—and delivered them to a local charity. Roy never had what some
would consider the good life, but he was rich toward God in good deeds. George
MacDonald wrote, “Which one is the possessor of heaven and earth: He who has a
thousand houses, or he who, with no house to call his own, has ten at which his
knock arouses instant jubilation?”
Roy’s was the good life after all. —David Roper
Let us be Christ’s true disciples
Looking to another’s need;
Making stony pathways smoother
By a gentle word or deed. —Thorson
No one can know the good life without God.
- READ: Psalm 22:1-8,19-26
Those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever! —Psalm 22:26
Do you know which psalm is quoted most often in the New Testament? You may have guessed the familiar and beloved 23rd Psalm, but actually it is
Psalm 22. This psalm begins with David’s poignant, heart-breaking words
that were quoted by Jesus on the cross, “My God, My God, why have You
forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34).
Imagine the situation David must have found himself in that caused him to cry
out to God in this way. Notice that he felt forsaken and abandoned: “Why are You so far from helping me?” (Ps. 22:1). He also felt ignored: “O
my God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear” (v.2).
Ever been there? Have you ever looked up into the heavens and wondered why
it seemed that God had abandoned you, or was ignoring you? Welcome to
David’s world. But for every plaintive cry David expresses, there is a
characteristic of God mentioned that rescues him from despondency.
Through it all, David discovers that God is holy (v.3), trustworthy
(vv.4-5), a deliverer and rescuer (vv.8,20-21), and his strength (v.19).
Do you feel forsaken? Seek the Lord. Rehearse His character. And “let your heart rejoice with everlasting joy” (v.26 nlt). —Dave Branon
Lord, sometimes I feel as if You don’t care about
my life. When those times come, please remind me
of Your character as You did David. Help me to
lean on You again and know that You are there.
Even when we don’t sense God’s presence, His loving care is all around us.