Focus Verse: Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. (24)
David encouraged himself in the Lord and now he encourages us to do the same. Why should we be devoid of strength, why should we lack heart if our hope is in God?
Focus Verse: Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (14)
Despite being surrounded by enemies and going through days of trouble, David remains confident that one day soon he will see the goodness of the Lord. To this end, he advises us to place our trust in God and wait on Him.
Focus Verse: The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. (4)
God requires for those who would approach Him to be clean in body and soul. He will hear those who do not trust in themselves or in others, but only in Him. Those who can stand before Him will be blessed.
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.