Today’s Scripture: I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. PsalmĀ 30:1-3

The Thompson family station wagon rumbled down the dusty, country road. “Dad, are we there yet?” yelled Janet, Robbie and Trevor. Just as the choir of high-pitched voices reached its peak, a thud resounded from the back of the car.

“Pull over. I think we have a flat, John,” urged Mrs. Thompson.

Mr. Thompson pulled to the side of the road and got out of the car. Sure enough, the back left tire of the station wagon hissed as air escaped through a gaping hole. As Mr. Thompson checked inside the trunk, his eyes widened, and his pulse quickened. There was no spare tire to be found.

Have you ever thought about how people treat a spare tire? Often, no one pays attention to it until it is desperately needed. A spare tire never receives any praise for what it does. Sadly, that is usually how we as Christians treat God. In our text of Psalm 30:1-3, David praises the Lord for His constant protection and deliverance. Instead of using God for a quick fix, we should thank Him continually as David did for allowing us to live another day.

Are you guilty of treating the Lord like a spare tire? Do you only remember Him when you are in desperate need? Why not take a moment to praise Him right now for all that He has done for you?

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder