Your protector: Psalm 121.3

“God won’t let your foot slip. Your protector won’t fall asleep on the job.”

Psalm 121.3 CEB

In this pilgrimage psalm, God not only protects, but he is protector, i.e., his nature and work is to look over his people. He is “the one who guards.”

This verse may be a prayer, based upon the truth of God’s protectiveness. We may be sure of him. Let us be sure to seek him.

#votd #Psalms #God

The direction of my life

“I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your laws.”

Psalm 119.59 NLT

Psalm 119 is a prayer to God for help, in the midst of opposition and anguish, in following the word of God. This acrostic shows great thought on spiritual direction.

Thought and action are two necessary steps to pleasing God. Before acting, proper consideration for one’s life must be given. Choosing to obey God is the only right way.

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Commit your future to the Lord! Psalm 37.5-6

“Commit your future to the Lord!
Trust in him, and he will act on your behalf.
He will vindicate you in broad daylight,
and publicly defend your just cause.”

Psalm 37.5-6

The context is the presence of evil people around us. We must not fear them nor envy them. God is in control of the situation and cares for his people.

Often, the Lord will act at what appears to be the last minute. He shows that the power is his. He works to foster trust in his will. How have you seen God work in your life?

h/t Don Ruhl: https://emaildevotionals.com/2018/07/22/what-happens-when-you-commit-your-way-to-the-lord-2/

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The Lord responds: Psalm 4.3

“Realize that the Lord shows the godly special favor; the Lord responds when I cry out to him.”

Psalm 4.3

After a moving request for help, v. 1, and a challenge to threatening men, v. 2, David expresses, as a part of his reply to the wicked, his confidence that God will answer.

“Sinful behavior is ultimately fruitless and self-destructive” (NETB). The godly who rely on God will be “safe and secure” v. 8.

#votd #Psalms #prayer

He will never be shaken: Psalm 112.6

“For he will never be shaken; others will always remember one who is just.”

Psalm 112.6

This acrostic psalm provides a picture of the obedient person and the blessings of the godly. It mirrors the previous psalm which focuses on God’s great deeds.

God shakes the world, but nothing shakes him. Those who obey him are not shaken either. How much we need to remember who we are and what blessings are ours!

#votd #Psalms #godliness

More and more

“As for me, I will hope continuously and will praise you more and more.”

Psalm 71.14 ISV

This verse is the center of the psalm. The author is an old man, but he maintains hope that God will still help against his enemies. His experiences lead him to the Lord.

God is for every stage of life. The longer we live, the more his life should occupy our hearts. Rather than become jaded, God’s power moves us to speak to those who are younger, v. 18.

#votd #Psalms #aging

Pleasure day and night: Psalm 1.2

“Instead he finds pleasure in obeying the LORD’s commands; he meditates on his commands day and night.”

Psalm 1.2

In this introductory psalm, this verse serves as the summary of the righteous person who serves the Lord. The wicked follow their own plans, thoughts, and ways, v. 1.

Few are they who can be described by the verse above. Can I? If I don’t fit here, then Psa 1.1 is where I belong.

#votd #righteousness #obedience #Psalms

Ashamed because of me: Psalm 69.6

“Let none who rely on you be disgraced because of me,
O sovereign Lord and king!
Let none who seek you be ashamed because of me,
O God of Israel!”

Psalm 69.6

Even in the midst of great suffering and opposition, David prays that his humiliation not cause others of God’s people to be disgraced.

God’s people are always concerned that our own experiences and difficulties not prove a stumbling block to others.

#votd #Psalms #influence

Not unfaithful: Psalm 44.17-18

“All this has happened to us, even though we have not rejected you or violated your covenant with us. We have not been unfaithful, nor have we disobeyed your commands.”

Psalm 44.17-18

At some point, the nation of Judah is afflicted, but not for lack of faithfulness. The center of the psalm laments the nation’s suffering, vv. 9-16, and ends with an appeal for help, vv. 23-26.

“We should learn to make trouble and perplexity drive us to our God not away from him”. —J.A. Motyer, “Psalms” NBC21, 514.

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Pursue me: Psalm 23.6

“Surely your goodness and faithfulness will pursue me all my days, and I will live in the Lord’s house for the rest of my life.”

Psalm 23.6

God’s qualities are personified. The Lord is vigorous in his pursuit (literally, “persecution”) of those who seek him. Such have great security and feel certain of their continued place in God’s presence.

Gauge the level of your certainty in God’s goodness and faithfulness. How can it be strengthened?

#votd #Psalms #God

Pursue me all my days: Psalm 23.6

“Surely your goodness and faithfulness will pursue me all my days, and I will live in the Lord’s house for the rest of my life.”

Psalms 23.6

God does not abandon his faithful people. He gives complete assurance of his abiding presence. He blesses all the way through life. He chases us down with his goodness.

What event could shake my confidence in God’s goodness? How does God show his commitment to me?

#votd #Psalms #God

God delights in every detail of our lives

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.”

Psalm 37.23-24 NLT

In this acrostic psalm, David deals with the presence of evil people around him and how the Lord work in the life of the righteous.

Do you ever feel that God doesn’t pay attention to your problems? Does it seem like he’s neglectful toward some important details? He always knows and cares.

#votd #Psalms #God

Remove the obstacles: Psalm 5.8 VOTD

“Lord, lead me in your righteousness because of those who wait to ambush me, remove the obstacles in the way in which you are guiding me!”

Psalm 5.8

After an opening appeal to be heard, 1-2, David bases his prayer on God’s holy nature, 3-6. He himself will worship and acknowledge God, 7, but the wicked lie and rebel, 9-10. His request and expectation center in joy, 11. He ends with another affirmation of God’s action consistent with his person, 12.

How does this psalm contrast with the attitude of the Pharisee praying in the temple? Lk 18.9-14.

#Psalms #prayer #VOTD

We fly away: Psalm 90.10 VOTD

“The days of our lives add up to seventy years,
or eighty, if one is especially strong.
But even one’s best years are marred by trouble and oppression.
Yes, they pass quickly and we fly away.”

Psalm 90.10

The title to this psalm attributes its authorship to Moses, “A prayer of Moses, the man of God.” Most of his life was one of hardship.

Jesus lived 30-plus years. He came to die for man’s sin. His years were short, but his life was full. Our time on earth is short-lived and full of trouble. In Christ, life is blessed and eternal.

#Psalms #life #VOTD

7 Keys to Psalm 117

By Rick Kelley
Introduction: Seven powerful words from the shortest Psalm, the mid-point of the Bible.
#1: Praise
                a. The beginning, the ending and the point, of the Psalm
                b. Not only that, but Praise is the beginning, the ending, and the point of the Psalms
                c. The Psalms are, by and large, prayers, petitions, and praises to God.
                d. Praise is perhaps the one thing humanity can offer to God that God cannot offer to Himself, and which God cannot extract from us.

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