I praise You, Lord, that You are intimately acquainted with my ways and that You always love me and have my best interests at heart.
Like Noah, may I be a righteous person, blameless among the people of my time, and one who walks with God. (Genesis 6:9)
Like Moses, may I do according to all that the Lord commands me. (Exodus 39:42; 40:16)
Take a moment to offer this day to the Lord and ask Him for the grace to grow in your knowledge and love for Him.
You revealed Yourself to Moses as "I AM WHO I AM." (Exodus 3:14)
The Servant of God was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. And like one from whom men hide their faces, He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He has borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows; yet we considered Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away. And who can speak of His descendants? For He was cut off from the land of the living; He was stricken for the transgression of God's people. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, yet with a rich man in His death, though He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it was the Lord's will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer. When He makes His soul a guilt offering, He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand. He will see the fruit of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge God's righteous Servant will justify many, and He will bear their iniquities. Therefore God will give Him a portion among the great, and He will divide the spoils with the strong, because He poured out His life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:3-12)
Your sheep hear Your voice, and You know them, and they follow You. You give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of Your hand. The Father, who has given them to You, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of the Father's hand. (John 10:27-29)
Those who suffer according to the will of God should commit themselves to their faithful Creator in doing good. (1 Peter 4:19)
Since I have a great cloud of witnesses surrounding me, I want to lay aside every impediment and the sin that so easily entangles, and run with endurance the race that is set before me, fixing my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. I will consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners, so that I will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Lord, I thank You for the sacrificial ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, Your Suffering Servant. I thank You that You know and protect Your sheep, and I ask that I would run with endurance the race that is set before me and commit myself to You in doing good.