Old Testament In a Year: June 8 – Psalms 143, 144, 145

Psalms 143, 144, 145
Focus Verse: The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. – Psalm 145:9

Don’t go through life thinking that God is against you. He isn’t. He is for you.

God is good to you. He made you and His mercy is over you. When you fall, He will uphold you; and when the worries of the world weigh you down, He will raise you up. When you call on God, He will be near. He will fulfill each of your desires and dreams.

God is good to you. And all the time God is good to you.

Old Testament In a Year: June 7 – Psalms 139, 140, 141

Psalms 139, 140, 141
Focus Verse: Even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. – Psalm 139:10

There is no place in Heaven or on earth where you can escape from the protection, providence, and guidance of God. When you do right, God will lead you and hold you. And when you do wrong and try to hide from God because of your wrongdoing, He will discover you – not only to punish you, but to take you under His loving care. Because though your behavior may change, God’s love for you does not. His treatment of you and thoughts toward you are never based on what you do, but on who He is.

Wherever you go, God will be there. You cannot yet see Him, but He can always see you.

This is good news to those who believe in God because they know with all certainty that they can never be removed from the presence of the Lord. Even in the most distant places of the world, God’s hand can touch you, His ear can hear you, His eye can see you, and His Spirit can move you.

Old Testament In a Year: June 6 – Psalms 109, 110, 138

Psalms 109, 110, 138
Focus Verse: The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. – Psalm 138:8

You are the work of God’s hands. What He began, He will complete. What He promised, He will fulfill. God will never abandon you, for He made you.

He will accomplish His purpose for you. He will work out all the plans that He has for your life. His steadfast love for you will never end.

Old Testament In a Year: June 5 – Psalms 101, 103, 108

Psalms 101, 103, 108
Focus Verse: He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. – Psalm 103:10

I do not treat you according to your sins, God says, and I do not repay your iniquity with iniquity. I call you by your name; not by your misdeeds. I love you because of who I am, not because of what you have done.

Learn to see yourself as God sees you. Deal with yourself as God deals with you. Treat yourself as God treats you.

Your faults and sins should not keep you discouraged. You should not view yourself through a cloud of past negative experiences. You should not allow former failures to poison your future.

Old Testament In a Year: June 4 – Psalms 68, 72, 86

Psalms 68, 72, 86
Focus Verse: Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. – Psalm 86:11

Are you uncertain about where to go or what to do? If so, ask God for guidance. Pray:

Through Your Word and by Your Spirit, God, show me where You would have me to walk and show me what You would have me to do. Teach me Your will and Your way so that I may gain Your favor, Your grace, and Your help.

Help me to live and to act and to remain in Your truth. Whatever You declare to be true, help me to pursue it. Help me to believe it. Help me to declare it as my truth.

Unite my heart, dear God, to fear Your name; so that in whatever circumstance I face, I will obey, praise, love, and honor You. Have my heart not to be divided between Heaven and Earth, between above and below, between the eternal and the transitory; but have it to be united, with single purpose, in You.

Amen.

Old Testament In a Year: June 3 – Psalms 61, 62, 65

Psalms 61, 62, 65
Focus Verse: Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. – Psalm 62:8

Through this Scripture verse, David gives three instructional reminders:

First, trust in God. Not only when times are good, and not only when they’re bad, but at all times. God’s goodness and mercy never changes; therefore, there is no reason for your trust in Him to change. Do not trust in yourself or in wealth, power, people, education, or privileges; but in God alone and in God only. For material blessings and spiritual blessings, for needs and wants to be fulfilled, for temporal and eternal riches – trust in God. There is never a time when He cannot be trusted. In times of struggle, trust Him for strength. In times of loneliness, trust Him for friendship. In times of darkness, trust Him for light.

Second, pour out your heart to God. Tell your Heavenly Father all the dreams, desires, goals, hopes, wishes, cares, worries, griefs, and concerns of your heart. Talk to Him freely. Talk to Him openly. Talk to Him honestly. Talk to Him often, with confidence that He hears you and will give you all that you ask of Him. Make known to God all that is in your heart. Any need that you have, He can meet it. Any prayer that you pray, He can answer it. Any trouble that you’re in, He can deliver you from it.

Third, remember that God is a refuge. God was not only David’s refuge, but He is your refuge and my refuge, too. He is “a refuge for us.” Whenever the need arises, you can run to God and find safety and comfort in Him. He is the only refuge you need.

Old Testament In a Year: June 2 – Psalms 53, 55, 58

Psalms 53, 55, 58
Focus Verse: Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. – Psalm 55:22

To cast your burden on the Lord does not necessarily mean that it will be removed entirely; but rather that any burden you have, you will not have to bear it alone. God will give you the strength to bear it; and if its weight becomes so heavy as to cause you to fall, He will hold you up.

Because God loves you, He will always sustain you – that is, He will help and comfort you, encourage and support you. And when the way gets too difficult for you to walk on your own, then He will carry you.

When your faith is fully and firmly in God, He will not allow you to be shaken or upset or distraught. Does this mean that your circumstances will always be positive and perfect? No. Does this mean that all of your plans will succeed or that each of your dreams will be fulfilled? No. Does this mean that you will go through life swimmingly and never experience any pain, uncertainty, or hardship? No. What it does mean is that God will not allow anything to happen that will permanently remove you from your trust, hope, and belief in Him. Through every trial and trouble, God will walk with you and ultimately bring you to eternal triumph.

Old Testament In a Year: June 1 – Psalms 39, 40, 41

Psalms 39, 40, 41
Focus Verse: As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God! – Psalm 40:17

At times, you may often feel poor and needy as David did – if not physically or materially, then spiritually or emotionally. During such times, remember that God is thinking of you.

And when you are weak, He provides strength; when you are sad, He gives support; when you are helpless, He helps you; and when you are defenseless, He becomes your deliverer. To those who admit their weakness and call out to Him in their poverty, He will not deliver in answering and aiding.

Old Testament In a Year: May 31 – Psalms 36, 37, 38

Psalms 36, 37, 38
Focus Verse: Though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. – Psalm 37:24

Although the Lord directs your steps, you will sometimes be disappointed in life. You will not always be successful. But when you fall, that will not be the end for you.

Your trouble will be temporary. Your failure will not be fatal.

Whatever disappointment or obstacle comes your way, you will be able to recover from it. Because you are upheld by God’s invisible hand, when you fall, you will always rise again.