Daily Devotions
 

We are thrilled to once again be sharing a daily devotion with you for the season of Advent. These inspiring devotions have been written by YOU the members of Good Shepherd.  A sincere “thank you” to everyone who opened their hearts to share a small piece of their faith journey with us.   As we journey toward Bethlehem in this season, take time each day to walk with God and experience the stirrings of the deep love that took on flesh to walk with us.  

During the four week Advent season, each Wednesday our devotion will be a video reflection by Dr. Kevin Seal, Director of Worship and Music at Good Shepherd, as he shares a teaching about the Words and Music of Advent.

Each new day’s devotion will go live directly on our webpage, goodshepherd.com at 6am, (look under the worship tab at the top right of the front page) or you can follow the link that will be sent out later each morning in an email from Good Shepherd.  


Pastor Alex Hoops

Daily Devotion

As I wrote in yesterday’s devotion, I thought I would share, this week, a few verses and passages that have given me pause during these unprecedented times.

Today I am reminded of Psalm 103. The words of this psalm have typically come to me in moments when I was feeling a formidable amount of self-doubt.  With less opportunity to interact with people, I have repeatedly felt that I just wasn’t doing anything to the best of my abilities. I had less energy, felt less joy, and felt as though my efforts were coming up woefully short in all areas of life. In those moments I would become self-critical and, despite knowing God’s promise is secure, I would often wander into portions of my own heart that would assure me I am just not meeting God’s expectations.

This Psalm has been a gift to me in those times. A reminder about God’s character that gives me confidence and an assurance of God’s love.

Psalm 103 Of David.

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all the oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses,
    his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Compassionate and gracious. In those times of self-doubt and waning trust or confidence in God’s assurances, this psalm speaks to me.  When reflecting on the character of God revealed in these verses, I feel a bit like Luther who wrote, “If I examine myself I find enough unholiness to shock me. But when I look at Christ in me I find that I am altogether holy.” A popular rephrasing of this quote goes something like this, "When I look at myself, I don't see how I can be saved. When I look at Christ, I don't see how I can be lost."

Thanks be to God.

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