Our scripture this morning is ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭76:1-12.

“God is renowned in Judah; in Israel his name is great. His tent is in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion. There he broke the flashing arrows, the shields and the swords, the weapons of war. You are radiant with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game. The valiant lie plundered, they sleep their last sleep; not one of the warriors can lift his hands. At your rebuke, God of Jacob, both horse and chariot lie still. It is you alone who are to be feared. Who can stand before you when you are angry? From heaven you pronounced judgment, and the land feared and was quiet— when you, God, rose up to judge, to save all the afflicted of the land. Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise, and the survivors of your wrath are restrained. Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared. He breaks the spirit of rulers; he is feared by the kings of the earth.”

A Psalm is always a good start to worship and for the week ahead. The psalmist offers praise to God for all His power and glory. He recounts God’s works among the people, both inspiring and terrifying. He reminds us that only through God’s strength are we successful.

A devotion I read recently said “our success is a gift, not a merit badge”, a very true statement. Jesus told us “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (‭‭John‬ ‭15:5‬). Without a relationship with God, our lives have no meaning.

How are you connecting to God on a regular basis? Morning and evening prayer, starting and ending each day with Him, is a good way to stay in touch. Jesus gave us the model of sharing our lives with God in prayer, may we be faithful in following His example.

Heavenly Father, we are sorry for the times we rely on our own strength and wisdom, not realizing without You we can do nothing. Bless us to stay connected with You in all things, at all times. Amen.

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