Every Day With Jesus

Daily Devotionals from Pastor Quintin Stieff

The Name You Can Count On

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 54 (NIV)

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskilof David. When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, “Is not David hiding among us?”

1 Save me, O God, by your name;
    vindicate me by your might.
2 Hear my prayer, O God;
    listen to the words of my mouth.
3 Arrogant foes are attacking me;
    ruthless people are trying to kill me—
    people without regard for God.
4 Surely God is my help;
    the Lord is the one who sustains me.
5 Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
    in your faithfulness destroy them.
6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
    I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.
7 You have delivered me from all my troubles,
    and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.

Today's Message

the name you can count on

I grew up watching classic TV shows where the bad guys did a number on some innocent people, but the hero showed up to “show ‘em who’s boss.” Inevitably, he would overcome all the odds and deliver the damsel in distress, or the city in crisis, or the buddy under fire… just in the nick of time.

These kind of stories have endless appeal. There are plenty of movies made still today with a similar theme. Good triumphing over evil. There is something within us that longs for justice. There is something in us that knows that somehow in the end good must win the day.

That something in us is the image of God. Every human being is made in the image of God. So, deep down we instinctively know the difference between right and wrong.

What is broadcast on the small screen or shown on the big screen is played out in the real life at a cosmic level. God himself through Jesus Christ is overcoming all the wickedness, all the evil, all the malevolent forces arrayed against us.

And so prayers like the one we read of in Psalm 54 ring true to us. We deeply desire for God to overthrow evil and all the effects of evil – war, violence, injustice, racism, terrorism, genocide, discrimination, hatefulness, and rebellion.

Believer in God, do not stop praying these prayers! The Lord will hear and will answer.     

And don't forget to praise him, for he is good.

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Final Victory

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 53 (NIV)

For the director of music. According to mahalath. A maskil of David.

1 The fool says in his heart,
    “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
    there is no one who does good.
2 God looks down from heaven
    on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
    any who seek God.
3 Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt;
    there is no one who does good,
    not even one.
4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
    they never call on God.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
    where there was nothing to dread.
God scattered the bones of those who attacked you;
    you put them to shame, for God despised them.
6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
    When God restores his people,
    let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Today's Message

final victory

The enemies of God can be quite noisy, boastful, and vile. They come across as a utterly self-confident. But this veneer of arrogance can quickly fall away when they are faced with the prospect of coming out against a much greater power.  They are like bullies who are at the deepest level nothing but cowards.  Their brash ways hide their great insecurities.

In many ways, the people of God are the opposite. They struggle with confidence, and often they appear to be unsure of themselves. But when they remember that it is not their own strength but God's strength, they are renewed with the assurance of a final victory.

Often times, the greatest need for the believer is patience. God will most definitely win. The only question is when.

Today, if you are tempted to despair because of your circumstances, take it to God. Wait on him, for he certainly will deliver you in his perfect timing. 

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Contrasts

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 52 (NIV)

5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
    He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent;
    he will uproot you from the land of the living.
6 The righteous will see and fear;
    they will laugh at you, saying,
7 “Here now is the man
    who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
    and grew strong by destroying others!”
8 But I am like an olive tree
    flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
    for ever and ever.
9 For what you have done I will always praise you
    in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
    for your name is good.

Today's Message

contrasts

Two people, two strongholds, two outcomes.

The first man was prideful and foolish. His stronghold was not God, but he trusted in his wealth and his destructive power.  His destiny is everlasting it ruined.

The other man was humble and wise. His stronghold was the Lord God, and his unfailing love.  His destiny was to flourish like an olive tree in the house of God.

This outcome is all the Lord’s doing. The righteous man takes no credit for it. Rather he gives praise only to God who alone is good.

Our confidence is never in our goodness, but rather completely in the goodness of God. Apart from God, we would all go the way of the foolish man.

Today, pause to give God praise for reaching down into your life, drawing you to himself, and giving you the gift of the Holy Spirit – that you might live forever in the presence of the almighty God.  

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Sunday, April 23, 2017 | 0 comments

Portrait of Arrogance

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 52 (NIV)

For the director of music. A maskil of David. When Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.”

1 Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
    Why do you boast all day long,
    you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
2 You who practice deceit,
    your tongue plots destruction;
    it is like a sharpened razor.
3 You love evil rather than good,
    falsehood rather than speaking the truth.
4 You love every harmful word,
    you deceitful tongue!

Today's Message

portrait of arrogance

Doeg the Edomite had become an informant to King Saul against David.  His actions resulted in the death of many innocent servants of God.  Here, David portrays the arrogance of Doeg.  It’s not a pretty picture!

There’s a smugness that thinks “I’m big and powerful and can get away with anything.”  There’s a dishonesty that crafts words carefully to help myself and to destroy others.  There’s a coziness and commitment to evil and a rejection of truth. 

While we could focus on the evil of Doeg, it’s better to examine our own hearts.  Are there any areas in my life where we are being tempted to pride and arrogance?  Where we think we know better than God?  Where we skirt the truth and embrace dishonesty? 

“Search me, O God, and know my heart!”

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 0 comments

When Your Life Needs A Turnaround

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 51 (NIV)

14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
    you who are God my Savior,
    and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
    and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.
18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
    to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
    in burnt offerings offered whole;
    then bulls will be offered on your altar.

Today's Message

WHEN YOUR LIFE NEEDS A TURNAROUND

Repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of the direction of our lives. It is a life turnaround. David experienced a life turnaround when he finally came clean with God about his sinfulness. His powerful words in Psalm 51 have been a model to believers for centuries.  

Note the contrasts:

  • The guilt of bloodshed is replaced with David singing of God’s righteousness
  • The outward sacrifice of burnt offerings is replaced by the inward sacrifice of a broken and contrite heart

When there is true repentance, there is a change from an outward show of religion to an inward revolution in the heart. But repentance bears fruit in things that can be seen on the outside! There are songs sung from the heart, and there are sacrifices made to God that can be seen in daily living.

Never be content with an outward religion. Return to God with a humble heart that seeks to know him... not just to know about him.

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