Chapter-a-Day Psalm 20

David When you win, we plan to raise the roof and lead the parade with our banners. May all your wishes come true! Psalm 20:5 (TM)

One of the things you realize about David as you read through the Psalms is the pervasive nature of his faith. It was never about what he was going to do but what God was going to do. It was never about his victories but about God’s victory. It was never about his strength, but about God’s power.

God, grant me more of David-like faith. Help me see You in every bit of me. Help me acknowledge you in every circumstance.

Chapter-a-Day Psalm 19

Judgement Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Psalm 19:13a (TM)

The job I’ve been guilty of "thinking I can take over" for God is that of judge. I can look back through my life and see all of the people who I’ve judged in so many inappropriate ways. I’ve come to learn that the judgement seat of God is a huge chair and my butt doesn’t fit it. I took off my "junior holy spirit" badge a long time ago. My job is to love, bear, encourage, and forgive. Judgement is God’s job – His alone.

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Chapter-a-Day Psalm 19

Judgement Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Psalm 19:13a (TM)

The job I’ve been guilty of "thinking I can take over" for God is that of judge. I can look back through my life and see all of the people who I’ve judged in so many inappropriate ways. I’ve come to learn that the judgement seat of God is a huge chair and my butt doesn’t fit it. I took off my "junior holy spirit" badge a long time ago. My job is to love, bear, encourage, and forgive. Judgement is God’s job – His alone.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and JLM.

Chapter-a-Day Psalm 18

Sand_house Is there any god like God? Are we not at bedrock? Psalm 18:31 (TM)

I wonder if it was this psalm that prompted Jesus story about of the two men who built their houses – one on sand and the other on solid rock. The results were like night and day.

Bedrock – and we’re not talkin’ Fred Flinstone. We’re talking solid foundation on which you can build to the sky and know for certain that you will stand no matter what the elements throw at you. That’s good stuff!

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and oldshoewoman

Chapter-a-Day Psalm 18

Sand_house Is there any god like God? Are we not at bedrock? Psalm 18:31 (TM)

I wonder if it was this psalm that prompted Jesus story about of the two men who built their houses – one on sand and the other on solid rock. The results were like night and day.

Bedrock – and we’re not talkin’ Fred Flinstone. We’re talking solid foundation on which you can build to the sky and know for certain that you will stand no matter what the elements throw at you. That’s good stuff!

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and oldshoewoman

Chapter-a-Day Psalm 17

Prayer_boardI call to you, God, because I’m sure of an answer. Psalm 17:6a (TM)

This verse struck me this morning, not only because of David’s faith (being sure of an answer), but also the fact that his faith motivated him to pray. Because he was sure God would answer, it spurred him to call out to God. I have seen God answer prayer so many times in so many ways, but I have to admit that I’m still not always motivated to pray. It often seems like a chore – another check on the spiritual to-do list.

I need a little of David’s heart today.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and ninjaneil

Chapter-a-Day Psalm 17

Prayer_boardI call to you, God, because I’m sure of an answer. Psalm 17:6a (TM)

This verse struck me this morning, not only because of David’s faith (being sure of an answer), but also the fact that his faith motivated him to pray. Because he was sure God would answer, it spurred him to call out to God. I have seen God answer prayer so many times in so many ways, but I have to admit that I’m still not always motivated to pray. It often seems like a chore – another check on the spiritual to-do list.

I need a little of David’s heart today.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and ninjaneil