I was given a new devotional for Christmas. It's Tim Keller's, The Songs of Jesus, a year of daily devotionals through the Psalms. I'm only day two into it, but am already deeply encouraged and challenged. I encourage you to buy this little devotional and allow it to help you soak deeply in the Psalms. To encourage you, I will share what I read this morning. The way the devotional works is there is a Scripture, a brief commentary, and then a prayer.
Psalm 2:1-4. Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, "Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles." The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the LORD scoff at them.
No Intimidation. Each day the media highlights new things to fear. The "powers that be" in society tell us that obedience to God shackles us, limiting our freedom. In reality, liberation comes only through serving the one who created us. Those people and forces that appear to rule the world are all under his Lordship, and one day they will know it. God still reigns, and we can take refuge in him from all our fears. So to be intimidated by the word (Psalm 2) is as spiritually fatal as being overly attracted to it (Psalm 1).
Prayer. Lord of the world, people resent your claims on human lives. I fear to speak of you for fear of ridicule of anger. But you are not intimidated by the world "powers," nor should I be. Help me to know the joy of obedience and the fearlessness that goes with it. Amen.
May the reality that God is on the throne encourage you to live fearlessly this year!