Posts with the tag “psalms”
by Audrey Rogers on December 24th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 132—Verse 8Arise, O Lord, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.In this song, the psalmist is referring to the physical dwelling place of God on earth – the temple built by David’s son Solomon, where God said His Presence, and the Ark of the Covenant, would dwell. The Israelites felt secure knowing that their God dwelt among them because they had s...
by Audrey Rogers on December 10th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 131—Verse 2But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.What’s so calm about a weaned child with its mother? It can feed itself! The child knows that mother is no longer the only source of food. A weaned child has learned to ask for food when they are hungry.We are heading into the holiday season wh...
by Audrey Rogers on November 26th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 130—Verse 5 (NIV)I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.What are you waiting for? A better job? A spouse? A house? A debt to be paid off? Healing? World peace? Our whole existence on earth is as a waiting room. But ultimately, we are not waiting for any of these things or anything else. We are waiting until the day when we are reunited ...
by Audrey Rogers on November 12th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 129—Verses 1-2Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth – let Israel now say – greatly have they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me.Suppose for a moment that the psalmist here wasn’t talking about human persecutors, but something internal. What if it was an addiction, or a negative ‘voice’, or a besetting sin that had afflicted him fro...
by Audrey Rogers on October 28th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 128—Verse 1Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways!To “fear the Lord” doesn’t necessarily mean to be afraid of him. It’s more like to reverence and respect him and be in awe of his power, his grace, his greatness – his work on a macro and micro level.To walk in his ways, we have to study his ways, understand how they apply in our culture today, and...
by Audrey Rogers on October 15th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 127—Verse 2It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.Sleep. A blessing which sometimes seems a curse. When I am reading a really good book, I bemoan the fact that I can’t stay awake until I’m done! Yet, at the end of a long and weary day, laying my head down on that pillow is the best fe...
by Audrey Rogers on October 1st, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 126— Verse 6He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. One of the things I love about our Lord is that he is close to the broken-hearted (Psalm 34:18). He weeps with those who weep. He feels compassion for us. Of every other world religion, and every other ‘god’ that has ever been worshipped, ...
by Audrey Rogers on September 17th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 125— Verse 1Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.People today put their trust in many things. Financial portfolios, sports teams, celebrities, friends, family, careers, hard work, good works….this list goes on. But every one of those things has great potential to let you down. Money can’t buy you love or happiness. S...
by Audrey Rogers on September 3rd, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 124—Verse 2…if it had not been the Lord who was on our side when people rose up against us…This psalm takes a different perspective when thanking God for His many blessings. I often focus on thanking Him for what He’s done, what He’s provided, and who He is. But this psalm encourages the church to thank Him for everything that did NOT happen! Have you ever stopped to th...
by Audrey Rogers on August 20th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 123— Verse 2Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he has mercy upon us.I love the imagery here. A good servant is focused on their master in order to anticipate their needs. A more modern analogy might be an athlete who stays focused on their ...
by Audrey Rogers on August 6th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 122—Verse 1I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”I LOVE hangin’ with my church people! The last church we were members of had two morning gatherings back-to-back, and we went to both! I attended one gathering and served during the other. Why?Because I find what I need when I gather with my brothers and sisters in Jesus.When I need healing...
by Audrey Rogers on July 9th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 120—Verse 7I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war!Do you know someone who always has to argue every point? They thrive off playing the devil’s advocate, and you feel like you can’t make any statement to them without them counteracting it somehow? I often find it exhausting to have a conversation with people like that. Because I am for peace, as the psalmist ...
by Audrey Rogers on June 25th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 119—Verse 18Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things out of your law.Do you know why Psalm 119 is so long? Because it’s an acrostic. Each stanza starts with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The ESV bible, at least, has each stanza labeled by the appropriate letter, starting with “Aleph” and ending with “Taw”. And much of the theme throughout this beaut...
by Audrey Rogers on June 11th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 118—Verse 24This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.Have you read that kids’ book ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’? Haven’t you been tempted to classify days in that way before? I have. Some days seem Just. Plain. Bad.But if we agree with the psalmist here, then every day is a day made by the Lord, thus it is...
by Audrey Rogers on May 28th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 117—Verses 1-2Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!This psalm is awesome! It’s the shortest of them all, at only two verses, it’s the shortest chapter in the bible, and if you open your bible and turn to the exact center, you’re at Psalm 117. Tha...
by Audrey Rogers on May 14th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 116—Verse 1I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.Ask people what they think some of the most important qualities in a friend would be, and you will regularly get “good listener” in that list. We need sounding boards, to help us process our emotions or work out our faith, or make decisions. Sometimes we need a listening ear as we dig deep ...
by Audrey Rogers on April 30th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 115—Verse 8Those who make [false idols] become like them; so do all who trust in them.The verses leading up to verse 8 describe the false idols, how they couldn’t speak, see, hear, smell, feel, or walk. They’re basically dead. And those who make and trust in them become dead too.What are today’s false idols? Success. Power. Money. Relationships. Anything that holds a hi...
by Audrey Rogers on April 16th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 114—Verses 1-2When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.Psalm 114 is often recited in the church at Easter, because it talks about Israel's deliverance from slavery, which can be seen as a metaphor for our deliverance from sin.The Old Testament tells how God sent Moses to lead h...
by Audrey Rogers on April 2nd, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 113—Verse 4The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens!We’ve probably all heard many of the heart-breaking stories coming out of the Russian-Ukraine war. We’ve seen prices of food, fuel, and imports climb higher and higher each day. We can only imagine how the war will continue to affect third-world nations who already don’t have enough.But don’t...
by Audrey Rogers on March 19th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 112—Verse 1Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments!Now read verses 2-9: don’t you want that to be you? I do! What a list of ways we can be blessed! Up, down, left, right, inside and out! How can we live the blessed life described in these verses? By fulfilling Verse 1.But notice the verb – “delights” – not “obeys”...
by Audrey Rogers on March 5th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 111—Verse 10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!Wait, isn’t God supposed to be a “good, good Father”? Isn’t He “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness…”? Why then should we fear Him?One of the definitions of the Hebrew word for “fe...
by Audrey Rogers on February 19th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 110—Verse 4The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”Melchizedek was the king of Salem, and a priest of God in the time of Abraham. After Abraham won a battle, Melchizedek provided bread and wine for Abraham and his soldiers, and blessed Abraham on behalf of God. The name ‘Melchizedek’ means ‘King of Right...
by Audrey Rogers on February 5th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 109—Verse 31aFor He stands at the right hand of the needy one…If you’re anything like me, you probably don’t like feeling like you are needy. We prefer to feel independent, self-sufficient, in control. But if all our needs are met, then we don’t need God. And if we don’t need Him, why would he hang out near us?The Bible says that the Lord stands at the right hand of tho...
by Audrey Rogers on January 22nd, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 108—Verse 3I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.Many years ago, as I was getting to know my co-workers at a new job, I learned that one of them had only had one child, and that child had died very young due to meningitis. Moved with compassion and the love of a parent, I asked him, “How did you survive that l...
by Audrey Rogers on January 8th, 2022
Daily Devotional from Psalm 107—Verses 6, 13, 19, 28Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.The poetry in this psalm is beautiful. It describes four groups of people: some lost in a wasteland, some sitting in the depths of the darkness of their rebellious hearts, some living a life of foolishness and sin, and some running the rat race of materialism ...
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