Old Testament In a Year: May 22 – Psalms 7, 8

Psalms 7, 8
Focus Verse: What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? – Psalm 8:4

God is infinite. You are finite. God is immortal. You are mortal. God is mighty, and majestic, and everlasting. You are weak, inconsiderable, and temporary. Yet, God thinks of you. He is mindful of you. He cares for you.

It is why He crowned you with glory and honor. It is why He gave you dominion over His creation, control over His entire world. It is why He did so much to save you.

When you don’t feel like you are enough, when difficult circumstances cause you to question your value or worth, remember this Scripture. Remember the fact that God is mindful of you. I want you to know, God says, that I am thinking of you constantly. You never pass out of My thoughts.

You may question why a vast and glorious God, who made the heavens and the earth and who set the moon and stars in place with His fingers, may focus His attention on you. Why should His thoughts be turned to you? What have you done to have Him give you honor? Nothing, God says. You have done nothing, said nothing, made nothing. And I do not want you to ever feel like you must do something to have My attention or be in My thoughts. It is all of My mercy and love.

Old Testament In a Year: May 21 – Psalms 4, 5, 6

Psalms 4, 5, 6
Focus Verse: The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer. – Psalm 6:9

How confident are you that God hears your prayers?

How confident are you that God not only hears your prayers, but that He accepts your prayers and does not reject them?

God does not always provide answers to your prayers immediately, but you can have absolute faith that every time you cry out to Him, He hears you. As He heard and accepted the pleas and prayers of Job, David, Daniel, Esther, and Hannah, He will do the same for you.

With this assurance, you do not have to be afraid of what the future may or may not hold. You prayer has been accepted favourably by God, and in due time, it will be answered.

Old Testament In a Year: May 18 – Psalms 64, 70

Psalms 64, 70
Focus Verse: May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” – Psalm 70:4

When injustice is punished and wrong is made right, those who seek God will rejoice in God because they see proof of His righteousness, justice, and sovereignty. They will be glad because He destroys those who do wrong and preserves those who do right.

When you are a witness to God’s mighty work and when you experience the everlasting joy of His salvation, you too will say, “God is great!”

Old Testament In a Year: May 15 – 2 Samuel 15; Psalms 3, 69

2 Samuel 15; Psalms 3, 69
Focus Verse: But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness. – Psalm 69:13

When David fled from his son, Absalom, and felt as if he were drowning in deep waters and mire, he kept his focus on God. He directed his prayer to the One he knew could hear, answer, and save Him.

David’s request for God to answer him “at an acceptable time,” shows that he was willing to wait – for however long – on God to save him from the conspiracy of his own son. He did not try to foil Absalom’s conspiracy on his own. Just as he had waited for many long years to be delivered from Saul by God, he now waited on God to deliver him from Absalom. At every moment of crisis in his life, David turned to God and trusted in His steadfast love and saving faithfulness to deliver him.

Whatever deep mire of misery or deep waters of trouble you find yourself in, direct your prayer to God. Look to Him alone. Trust in His love and faithfulness to save you. Do not limit God’s answer to your time; but in His acceptable time, He will hear you, answer you, and help you.

Old Testament In a Year: May 13 – Psalms 32, 51

Psalms 32, 51
Focus Verse: I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah. – Psalm 32:5

It is not easy to admit when you are wrong, to acknowledge that you have sinned, but full confession is necessary if you desire to be forgiven by God, receive His mercy, and experience peace of conscience. When your heart is oppressed and your mind is burdened by guilt; when you can bear the crushing pressure of unconfessed sin no longer; when anguish over what you have done wrong runs deep; when your strength begins to fail, then go to God and pour out your soul before Him.

Let Him know all that you have done and all that you are feeling. Do not hide anything. Confess fully. Don’t attempt to excuse it, explain it, or justify it. It is the only way you will find relief. God will at once forgive you and give you peace; He will fill you with mercy and grace.

Then your trust in the Lord will be renewed and you will be surrounded with His steadfast love.

Old Testament In a Year: May 4 – 1 Samuel 23; Psalms 54, 63

1 Samuel 23; Psalms 54, 63
Focus Verse: Therefore David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” And the Lord said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” – 1 Samuel 23:2

Why was David successful in everything that he did? Why were his enemies unable to defeat him? Because David sought God’s help and direction before he did anything. When David heard about the situation in Keilah, he first asked God if he should go and fight against the Philistines and save the city. When he saw that some of his men were afraid to go to Keilah and fight the Philistines, he again asked God if they should go do it. God told David both times that they should, so they did.

Later, after David and his men had fought against the Philistines and saved Keilah, Saul heard that David was there and came up to the city to try to kill him. Once again, David asked God if Saul would come and if the men of Keilah would hand him over. God answered that they would and David and his men were able to escape from the city before Saul arrived.

When you spend time in prayer to God and are humble enough to seek the perfect plan that He has for your life, you can trust Him to guide you in the way that you should go. He will never guide you wrong. Every question that you ask of Him, He will give a right answer. He will deliver you from every trouble. He will help you and will uphold your life.

Old Testament In a Year: May 3 – Psalms 52, 57, 142

Psalms 52, 57, 142
Focus Verse: I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him. – Psalm 142:2

Have you gone through something traumatic, but you’re too afraid to tell someone about it? Too ashamed to talk about it? You may be concerned that others will misunderstand you, make fun of you, or judge you. But with God, you don’t have to have those concerns. You can tell Him anything. He will love you just the same.

What is your trouble? What is your complaint? Whatever it is, tell it to Jesus.

There is no trouble so terrible and no complaint so great that God cannot handle it. You can go to Him in prayer and receive comfort and help. You can cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you.

Don’t hold anything back. Give it all to Jesus. He is both Savior and Friend. “Jesus knows all about our struggles; He will guide ’til the day is done: There’s not a Friend like the lowly Jesus: No, not one! no, not one!”

Old Testament In a Year: April 30 – 1 Samuel 19; Psalms 23, 59

1 Samuel 19; Psalms 23, 59
Focus Verse: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. – Psalm 23:1

Do you ever wonder what David was doing while he was on the run from jealous King Saul? He wasn’t thinking of ways to get rid of Saul. No. David’s mind was on God. He was trusting in Him for protection and deliverance from Saul.

When Saul sent men to watch David’s house in order to kill him (this event is detailed in 1 Samuel 19:11-17), David wasn’t pacing the floor, agonizing with Michal about why her father hated him so much. David was calling on God to deliver him from his enemies, a composition that would later come to be Psalm 59. In addition to calling for deliverance, David was also singing of the strength and steadfast love of God. Amid his distress, he praised God for being a fortress and a refuge.

David believed that the Lord was his Shepherd. Therefore, he had nothing to fear.

What about you? Psalm 23 is a popular Scripture, but is it a personal Scripture? Is the Lord only David’s Shepherd or do you believe that He is also your Shepherd? The Lord was not only with David. He is also with you. He was not only able to defeat David’s enemies and give David goodness, mercy, and blessing. He is able to do the same for you.

To you, God says:

My dear child,

I am your shepherd; therefore, you shall not want.
I will give you rest in green pastures.
I will lead you beside still waters.
I will restore your soul.
I will lead you in paths of righteousness for My name’s sake.
Even when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you do not have to fear any evil, for I am with you; My rod and My staff, will comfort you.
I will prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies; I will anoint your head with oil; and I will make your cup overflow.
My goodness and My mercy will surely follow you all the days of your life, and you will dwell in My house forever.

Your Eternal Shepherd

1 Year In God’s Word: Day 159 — Psalm 143-145, John 18:1-18


Psalm 143
Focus Verse: So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. (4)

With constant problems and persistent troubles, the devil seeks to discourage us. He hopes we become dismayed with life. He tempts us to give up, but God encourages us to keep on. Many times, David came close to losing heart, but he never lost His faith in God. When we keep our minds on the things that are above and stay in close communication with our Creator, we may fall, but we won’t stay down. We won’t dwell in darkness for long.

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