who you are, the way you think about yourself, the way you are viewed by the world and the characteristics that define you
Focus Verse: Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. (7)
Augustus. Alexander. Napoleon. They conquered many lands and founded vast empires by trusting in their military strategies, horses, chariots, and legions of fighting men. David also had a lot of men and military equipment, but his trust was never in that. Every victory he had was because he trusted in the name of the Lord His God.
What do we trust in today? Chanel and hairspray? If we want to experience lasting success, if we want to live truly victorious lives, our trust should always be in God.
Focus Verse: Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded. (4)
When pressured to do wrong, we need to stay focused on Jesus. Let us never stray from the straight and narrow, obeying what God has commanded us to do instead of being bribed into doing what is wrong.
Story Scripture: Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8
Story Saying: The devil doesn’t come dressed in a red cape and pointy horns. He comes as everything you’ve ever wished for. – Tucker Max
Behind the Story: The old goat mother of the seven little kids loved them with all her heart. Before she left them to go into the forest for food, she warned them to watch out for the wolf who would do nothing but devour them. They would recognize him, she said, by his rough voice and black feet.
Focus Verse: Who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken. (5)
Who is holy enough to approach the throne of God? The truth is that no one is. But because of His mercy, God has made it so that all who are righteous in heart can come boldly to the throne of grace and ask for whatever they need. All those who strive to do what is right and all those who strive to do what is just will be answered by God. They will not be moved.
Focus Verse: “Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord. “I will protect them from those who malign them.” (5)
If they call on Him, the good Lord is always willing, ready and able to defend the poor and help the needy. The poor are not just those without material things. When we are poor in spirit and feel week and lonely, God will arise to strengthen us.
Focus Verse: I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. (1)
God has been good. God is good. God will always be good. We can’t keep this news to ourselves. As believers, it is our duty to tell others about the abiding goodness of God.
Focus Verse: I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High. (17)
Others may be full of evil and cause trouble, but David pays them no mind. He knows they will reap what they sow. David has determined to praise the Lord despite the violence of others because he believes that God is sovereign and full of righteousness. We also should determine that despite trouble, we will be thankful; in the face of persecution and problems, we will praise; and when tempted to fear, we will be faithful.