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“You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do” (Psalm 139:3 NLT).

June 21, 2019

ARE YOU GLAD FOR GOD’S ATTENTION? The psalmist David wrote of his wonder at God’s constant awareness and attention towards him. He considered it wonderful that God would be so attentive to him.   Yet, not everyone wants God to see everywhere they go and know everything they do. They desire a secret life hidden

“Beside the rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept as we thought of Jerusalem” (Psalm 137:1 NLT).

June 19, 2019

HAVE WE BECOME SO COMFORTABLE IN BABYLON THAT WE HAVE FORGOTTEN ZION? The Jewish captives composed this melancholy song while exiled in Babylon. Having lost their homes in Judah and seeing their holy city Jerusalem with its Temple destroyed, they gathered somewhere on the shores of the Euphrates, and wept. Surely they mourned as homesick

“The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone” (Psalm 118:22 NLT).

May 22, 2019

CHRIST IS OUR CHIEF CORNERSTONE Every stone in the Hebrew Temple was inspected for flaws by the builders. The stones where cut from a quarry some distance away and had to not only fit their designated location in the Temple, but they had to be without imperfection to support its weight. Of all the stones

“I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth” (Psalms 116:9 NLT).

May 19, 2019

ARE YOU AWARE OF THE LORD’S PRESENCE IN YOUR LIFE? The psalmist wrote of his constant awareness of the Lord’s presence in His life even as he attended to the everyday things of life here on earth. It is a psalm of praise for the Lord’s attentive ear and caring heart, which the psalmist had

“May all my thoughts be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord” (Psalms 104:34 NLT).

May 4, 2019

SURRENDERING EVERY THOUGHT TO THE LORD The psalmist expressed his desire that “all” his thoughts would please the Lord. Stated in the subjunctive, the psalmist recognized that his desire was more like a wish or prayer, than a certainty. For who can control their thoughts? We can be determined to rejoice, but our minds often

“He made streams pour from the rock, making the waters flow down like a river!” (Psalm 78:16 NLT).

April 6, 2019

THE SPIRITUAL ROCK THAT WAS CHRIST According to the inscription, Psalm 78 was written by the Levite priest, prophet, poet and singer, Asaph, who was appointed chief of the worship leaders by King David (1 Chron. 16:5). In Psalm 78, the Lord inspired Asaph to write an account of the “lessons of the past,” so

“May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you” (Psalms 67:2-3 NLT).

March 24, 2019

GREAT COMMISSION PRAYERS This psalm is a prayer that all the nations would one day know the Lord and his salvation. Centuries before Jesus gave the Great Commission to his disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19), the psalmist prayed for such a day to come.   It’s a good reminder

“Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, you forgive them all” (Psalm 65:3 NLT).

March 22, 2019

HOW MANY OF YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN? When we confess Jesus as Lord and believe in our hearts that he died for sins, was buried and raised from the dead, we are saved. In that very moment, we have been saved from sin’s penalty (justification), we are being saved from sin’s power (sanctification), and we

“O God, we meditate on your unfailing love” (Psalm 48:9 NLT).

March 5, 2019

MEDITATING ON GOD’S LOVE Biblical meditation is not an emptying of the mind as the Eastern religions teach. Rather, it is a focusing of the mind on God and His Word. Here, the Psalmist focused the thoughts of his mind on God’s character, namely, His “unfailing love.”   We are called to meditate on God’s

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!” (Psalm 43:5 NLT).

February 27, 2019

HOW TO ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN THE LORD David learned to address his own soul in his prayers to God. Knowing that he was feeling “cast down” and “disquieted,” he encouraged himself in the Lord (1 Sam. 30:6), urging his soul to “hope in God.” We can learn from David’s prayer life. Sometimes we don’t even