October 31, Fellowship with Believers
Today’s reading: Psalm 119
“I am a friend to all who fear you,
to all who follow your precepts” - Psalm 119:63.
The psalmist declared that his loyalties were with God’s people, and not just those who claimed to be believers, but those who followed God’s precepts as outlined in His word. This concept was radically applied in the days immediately following Jesus’ Ascension, as reported by Luke:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:42-47).
Do you have friends from your church world? Do you have the singular focus we read about in today’s verse that is on the Lord and His people? Do you have regular fellowship with committed believers? Are you hospitable and generous toward other followers of Jesus? What changes do you need to make in your life to make the same proclamation found in today’s passage?