Daily Devotional

Are You Looking For Eternal Pleasures? Psalm 16 part 1

The French philosopher, Blaise Pascal, points out that all men seek happiness and that this motive is at the root of every action we take.  C. S. Lewis said that the Bible consistently appeals to our desire for lasting pleasure but that it is not found in “drink and sex and ambition,” but in knowing and following Jesus Christ.  Verse 11 of this psalm says, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me ...

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Who Shall Not Be Moved? Psalm 15

This psalm opens with an example of Hebrew parallelism in which the words of two or more lines of text are directly related in some way. This is often found in Psalms and Proverbs. Notice the question by the writer: “O Lord, who may abide in Your tent?  Who may dwell on Your holy hill?” (v.1). The Israelites did not have the temple at this time. It wasn’t built until the time of Solomon. They had the tabernacle, ...

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Who Is The Fool? Psalm 14

This is considered a “wisdom” psalm and is almost identical to Psalm 53. This psalm opens with God declaring the character of the fool: “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; there is no one who does good. The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.  They have all turned ...

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Who Will God Keep? Psalm 12

We cannot tell from the psalm itself whether the time was during Saul’s persecution of David or when Absalom tried to kill him and take over the kingdom.  It was a difficult period in David’s life and he was declaring that the enemies of God were turning the righteous away from Him by their false promises.  The title I have chosen for this psalm is taken from the discussion regarding whether God is promising to preserve His word ...

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Is God Your Refuge? Psalm 11

The psalmist was being threatened by his enemies and his friends were concerned for him. They advised him to flee to some mountain where he could hide. However, he had placed his trust in God and answered: “In the Lord I take refuge; How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain” (v. 1).  Notice why he could refute their advice –- he had confidence in God and God was his refuge.  He ...

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O, Lord Why Do You Stand Far Off? Psalm 10

I don’t know about you, but I am impressed with the fact that the psalmist is very honest about the questions of his heart.  He is very concerned about the state of the wicked.  At this point the psalmist feels that God has hidden Himself from him in his time of trouble. However, instead of turning away from God and following the path of the wicked, the psalmist turns to God and expresses his frustration at the apparent ...

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Do You Take Time To Remember Your Blessings? Psalm 9

I believe that we can say that “knowing God” was David’s major pursuit in life.  Chuck Swindoll wrote, “Unless God is the major pursuit of our lives, all other pursuits are dead-end streets, including trying to know ourselves. They won’t work. They won’t satisfy. They won’t result in fulfillment. You never really begin the process of coming to know yourself until you begin the process of beginning to know God.”  Because David did know the Lord, he begins ...

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Are You Being Lied About? Psalm 7

David began this psalm by declaring his trust was in his God even while his enemies were persecuting him with their lies and misrepresentations. The Hebrew title reads: “A Meditation (NKJV) of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjamite.”  David is so overcome with this persecution (being slandered, persecuted, and pursued with hatred), that he pleads for God to save him, lest they tear him like a lion and rend him ...

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Are You Penitent? Psalm 6

Most of the commentators point out this is the first of seven penitential psalms in which the writer confessed his sins and asked God for mercy and forgiveness. The other six psalms are 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143.  David reveals to us a very dark time in his life in which he prays to be forgiven of some unspecified sin and how God blessed him with mercy and grace. Some in previous generations called this “the ...

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Have You Taken Refuge In The Lord? Psalm 5

 

In verse 7, the psalmist sets himself off from the wicked mentioned in v. 4-6 and approaches God in the multitude of His mercy. He realized, even as we should, that he could not approach God on the basis of his own righteousness. Isaiah stated clearly our spiritual condition, “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have ...

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