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Be An Encourager

Psalm 70: 4   Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!” I’m constantly amazed at how David’s concern is for others more than himself.  In the midst of his plea for immediate assistance from the Lord, we read…

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Trust Him

Psalm 64:10   The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and trust in Him And all the upright in heart shall glory. Recall Daniel’s overnight stay in the lion’s den?  Persecuted for prayer to God and his faith in God didn’t seem right or just.  Entrusting ourselves to God is risky, it requires unadulterated trust, confidence…

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First Response or Last Resort?

Psalm 63: 1, 2   O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Our first response when…

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How Many Rocks?

Psalm 62:2   He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved. The first half of this Psalm David uses the “rock” as a metaphor to describe a place of stability, safety and confidence. How many rocks do we have, i.e. how many things do we truly rely…

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His Perspective

Psalm 61: 2   From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Remember watching cartoons when a character would be covered up with a sheet or blanket, trying desperately to get out, get uncovered?  That’s similar to what David…

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Stop Complaining, Trust God

Psalm 60:12   Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies. I love the honesty and transparency of scripture, in particular reading the life of David.  Throughout the Psalms as well as this one, David pours out his heart and complains about God’s apparent lack of interest and concern about…

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Resisting Impulsiveness

Psalm 58: 9 I will wait for You, O You his Strength; For God is my defense. Many of the self-inflicted woes I’ve experienced are a result of having been impulsive; taking things into my hands, reacting on impulse rather than responding in/by the Spirit.  It often occurs when we succumb to the tyranny of the urgent. …

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A Steadfast Heart

Psalm 57: My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise. Knowing the setting or context of a passage brings clarity and understanding beyond just the words inspired by the Holy Spirit in the author.  This particular poem (Michtam) by David was penned during the time Saul was…

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You Gotta Know!

Psalm 56: 9  When I cry out to You, Then my enemies will turn back; This I know, because God is for me. With Saul in pursuit, David is taken captive by the Philistines and everything seemed to be crashing in him, how does the shepherd respond?  Note the closing line of our verse, “This I know, because…

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Escapism?

Psalm 55:6, 7 “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. Indeed, I would wander far off, And remain in the wilderness.” The Absalom revolt not only destroyed David’s relationship with his manipulating son, but others who were swayed and sucked into the conspiracy plot.  The references…

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