July 7 - Living in Contrast


By Mary Smith

Today's Scripture: Psalm 5:1-12

Central Thought: God wants our lives to contrast with the lives of those who do not know Him.

    'Try adjusting the contrast,” Mom suggested to Dad. He had already fiddled with the rabbit ears on top of the TV set, but that had accomplished nothing. The black and white picture was still muddled and dark. So Mom was hoping the contrast knob would provide the answer. So were us kids. We wanted to watch television!

    I remember many scenes like that from my childhood. I recall that the contrast knob was supposed to make the images stand out from each other. Sometimes it worked; most of the time, it didn't.

    As believers, we must make sure that we contrast from the culture around us. David certainly wanted to do that. As he prayed in faith (verses 1-3), he reflected on God's view of the wicked (verses 4-6). They could not stand in His presence, but were instead headed for destruction.

    Then David began verse 7 with the little conjunction 'but.” This word indicates an exception to what has been stated previously. Though the wicked could not enjoy God's presence, David would come to God's house and bow down in worship before Him. He expected God to lead his life on a straight moral course (verse 8). While he predicted the downfall of the wicked and their banishment from God's presence (verse 10), he foresaw the joy, protection, and blessing living a godly life affords believers (verses 11, 12).

    Live in contrast with the ungodly culture that surrounds us. It may make you 'the odd man out,” but you will be blessed by a godly life in ways the ungodly will never know.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, give me the courage and wisdom to live in contrast with this world. When I am tempted to do less than this, help me remember the blessings this contrast brings to my life.

Today's Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles 4:5-5:17; Acts 25:1-27; Psalm 5:1-12; Proverbs 18:19