Scripture:
Psalm 8:3-4
Tue, 18 April 2023

Man: On God’s Mind

Observation:

How do you think the Psalmist felt when he asked the question: “What is
man that You are mindful of him?”

Deeper Reflection
Verse 4 contains a searching question that has been pondered by theologians and philosophers across the ages: “What is man that You are mindful of him?” What is the nature of man, and what is our place in the universe?Two secular philosophical schools answer this question. The first is secular humanism, which has a very high view of man. Christian apologist Francis Schaeffer explains that, according to humanism, “man is the measure of all things”.25 Man is at the centre of his universe, and achieving human happiness and flourishing are key. The second school, anti-natalism, has a low view of man. Anti-natalists believe that human beings should not even reproduce, because in their minds the world of nature is better off without human beings!26The Christian worldview provides a strikingly different perspective. Psalm 8 invites us to understand humanity by understanding humanity’s Maker. The Psalmist’s rhetorical question “what is man?” overflows from a heart of gratitude toward a great and gracious God. Peter Craigie says it well: “In contrast to God, the heavens are tiny, pushed and prodded into shape by the divine digits; but in contrast to the heavens, which seem so vast in the human perception, it is mankind that is tiny.”27 Why then would the Creator of the vast universe care for tiny and finite creatures like us? We should not matter in the grand scheme of things! We do not deserve God’s loving attention! And yet He loves us, as the pinnacle of His own creative work. How awesome is that?
25 Francis A. Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto (Wheaton: Crossway, 2005). 26 “Anti-Natalists: The People Who Want You to Stop Having Babies,” BBC News, August 13, 2019, sec. BBC Trending, accessed January 19, 2023, https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-49298720 27 Craigie, P. C. (2004). Psalms 1–50 (2nd ed., Vol. 19, p. 108). Nashville, TN: Nelson.
Application:

Find an opportunity today to tell someone that God cares for him or her. Ask
“Is there anything that I can pray for you?” and if possible pray right there
and then for that person.

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for pastors and staff: To remember that God cares for them and to entrust all their cares to God
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self
 

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Daily Devo
Daily Devotional Journal
Scripture:
Daniel 6:1-10
Wed, 7 June 2023

Consistent Daily Devotion to God

Observation:

What does verse 10 tell us about Daniel?

Deeper Reflection
For Daniel’s distinguishing competency and character, and commitment to ensuring that the king suffered no loss in his empire, Darius “planned to appoint” him “over the entire kingdom” (v.3). But out of jealousy, Daniel’s fellow-commissioners and the satraps attempted to accuse him of “negligence or corruption” in “government affairs” (v.4a). They could find nothing, because Daniel was “faithful” (v.4b). So, they planned to make accusation against him “with regard to the law of his God” (v.5). And they maliciously instigated Darius to establish a law that “anyone who makes a petition to any god or man” besides the king “for thirty days, shall be cast into the lion’s den” (vv.6-9).Then, “when Daniel knew that the document was signed…he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously” (v.10). This was Daniel’s spiritual discipline with a structure of regular “three times a day”. He kept it daily. We can say that Daniel never missed his quiet time. The most important words in the verse may be “when Daniel knew that the document was signed”. They indicate the context of Daniel’s spiritual discipline: A discipleship challenge where his life was at stake. Daniel’s spiritual discipline was no mere religious ritual and routine. He could have skipped his quiet time “for thirty days” and be safe. He didn’t. Daniel’s spiritual discipline manifested his consistent daily devotion to “his God”: “he continued…three times a day…as he had been doing previously.” At the heart of this spiritual discipline was Daniel’s relationship and fellowship with “his God”.
Application:

How can I cultivate a consistent daily devotion to God?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for leaders
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for the Generations: That young people will seek to be devoted to God consistently
  • Pray for self
 

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