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“Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me” (Psalm 43:3)

August 29, 2011

Light to help us see what’s ahead and to find the path you desire for me. Truth to help us know what is masquerading as good, when it’s really falsehood and temptation. These are found in your Word. May your Word speak to us as we read it today. Lord, shine and speak.

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:11)

August 28, 2011

David encouraged himself in the Lord. Lift your own soul up to the Lover of souls. Sometimes we are down without even knowing why, but God knows us better than we know ourselves. Cry out to Him.

“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4)

August 20, 2011

Make the Lord the source of your great pleasure and joy, the center of your satisfaction. And He will bring your desires into alignment with His, fulfilling them as He does. Focus on pleasing God and your desires will be met.

“My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day long” (Psalm 35:28)

August 18, 2011

For what human tongues were meant. A mouth full of worship cannot chew others up with worldly chatter. No gossip, no lies, no accusing, no filthy joking. Just speech salted with thankfulness and praise. That’s a daily diet that could change human hearts.

“A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all” (Psalm 34:19)

August 16, 2011

We’re not promised a trouble-free life, but we are promised an ever-present Lord to call on. Are your troubles too big for you? Good. The Lord loves to deliver us from God-sized troubles that grow our faith and prove His faithfulness.

“Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy” (Psalm 33:3)

August 13, 2011

Every generation needs to write songs of worship. It expresses the passion that their hearts feel in following Jesus. Be careful not to judge based on your personal tastes. If the words express true worship, then clap and shout and be glad that the Spirit is moving your children.

“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy” (Psalm 30:11)

August 8, 2011

Do you grieve a loss or mourn a disappointment? Bring your tears to the One who understands. Lean on Him and encounter the unconquerable joy of the living Christ. Rejoice in the Lord! And put on your dancing shoes today!

“The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1)

August 4, 2011

Among our phobias, fear of the unknown and of our own demise are prominent. David says that God is his light (exposing the unknown) and his salvation (saving him from death). In this way God gives him faith in the place of fear. Have you replaced your fears with faith today?

“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1)

July 31, 2011

How much of our lives do we waste changing our thinking from “mine” to “His?” We only worry about what belongs to us. Why not give it all to God? After all, it’s already His. What still belongs to you today?

“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings” (Psalm 17:8)

July 21, 2011

David asks God to keep His eye on him and to keep him close and safe. Like a child asking a parent to “Watch me,” David asks for God’s favored attention. We can pray like this, asking for God’s favor and protection.