Saturday’s Military Devotional – Compasses

Psalm 139:3 | Psalm 139, Psalm 130, Psalms
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. (KJV)

Psalm 139:3 (AMP and RVR 1960)


CONTEXT:

King David is at it again writing and praising God that is. In this case his song is about God’s omniscience (He knows all things) v.1-6, God’s omnipresence (He is everywhere) v.7-12 and God’s omnipotence (He is all powerful – able to do anything) v.13-18. It is this first section that we will at today, and specifically our text is the third verse Thous compasses my path… 


BREAKDOWN:

Thou compassest my path – I know y’all hear me say context, context context all the time but here is a prime example. The word compassest (or compass) can mean:

Instrument for laying out direction 

Instrument for scribing circles

Being surrounded enclosed limits of something

Specified space within limits of something 

Curved form

To go, move around something

To embrace

To besiege

etc.

My point is without knowing the context we are free to “assume” whatever we want about a text, which is both unbiblical and dangerous. Here David is really saying ‘God you know each and every step I take in life my journey.’ All my steps are carefully laid out

and my lying down, – Even when I lay down at night you Lord are present, you know all my thoughts and dreams

and art acquainted – God is not just acquainted (informed about) folks, He is intimately familiar with His chosen people 

with all my ways. – In fact that familiarity goes for everything we think and do. 


APPLICATION:

I am not sure with all the technology in the military today if they still teach land navigation, and issue the trusty old Lensatic Compass. If not they should, as everyone needs a leader fully capable of understanding the path or way they are leading. Further it is equally important for leaders to be acquainted or familiar with the personnel in their under their command.  A leaders job is to be that compass, to ensure those who have been entrusted to their charge are not wondering on the wrong path. 


Today’s Questions:

Say What?

Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on being Compasses? 

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?


OTHER RESOURCES:

Treasury of David

Gill’s Exposition 

 

Saturday’s Military Devotional – Men of God

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Porque no nos ha dado Dios espíritu de cobardía, sino de poder, de amor y de dominio propio (RVR 1960)

CONTEXT: 

Paul is writing to Timothy, and it is Timothy’s first experience as a leader on his own. He had previously been Paul’s partner in the ministry but now he was in charge of the operation and naturally had some trepidation (fear) of screwing up.

As service members it is easy to relate to Timothy, the first time we are assigned roles as (usually) E-4 Corporals, Petty Officer 3rd or Sr. Airman the pressure is on to preform and there is a natural fear of failure.  As the chart below shows with an increase in rank the duties and responsibility do not get any easier. In fact the bigger the insignia the more there is for you to do.

Yet Paul reminds Timothy, it is God who intimately places us in positions of authority and His authority is supreme. We can be empowered by His Holy Spirit when we call upon His strength and power and not our own.

Read the commentary and answer this weeks questions. As always may you be edified and God glorified. – Mike

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Commentary 

Alexander MacLaren’s Expositions of Holy Scripture


Today’s Questions

Say What?

Observation: What did I read? What struck you as most meaningful?

So What?

Interpretation: What does it mean? Overall and the most meaningful? Did it change your view on Men of God?

Now What?

Application: How does it apply to me?

Then What?

Implementation: What do I do? How can I start living it out today?

Leaders and those they Lead

All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord, when they hear the words of thy mouth. Psalms 138:4

 Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the leaders on earth suddenly found their hearts filled with love, and compassion, and justice? What would happen if they all decided that top priority would be to take care of others first? Perhaps then we would have a taste of what God originally intended. We want to believe that our leaders are listening for the voice of God as they make their difficult decisions, but often we can only wonder. Perhaps one day all the kings of earth will stop their quarreling long enough to hear the gentle urgings of God. Until then, it is the responsibility of every Christian to pray for the leaders and ask God that He might work for good in spite of them, when it is impossible to work with or through them.

 Prayer: Amidst the chaos of our world, Lord, You are the center of sanity and reason. Inspire our leaders to work together for the greatest good. Help them to do what is pleasing in Your sight. Amen.

It is the duty of leaders to lead in a just and moral way. It is the duty of every believer to pray daily for our leaders to do just that. – Mike