Wednesday, August 15, 2018

All




August 15

Daily Bible Reading: Psalms 103 – 104

Verse of the Day: Psalm 103:1 – 3 – “Bless Jehovah, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless Jehovah, O my soul, And forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases;”

I love this song of David. The idea of blessing the Lord here is a reminder that God is the source of all blessings. In fact, part of why I love this Psalm is that little word “all.” When we say that we have “all” of something, that means that there is nothing left out. Nada. Zilch. Zip.

Notice here that David lists three things that God has given us – in entirety, you know – “all.” He says for us not to forget His benefits. How many? All. How much of our sin? All. How much of my sins? All.

And in turn, there is one “all” applied to us. See it? “All that is within me.” Because of what God has done for me, I must remember and praise Him.

Prayer: Bless Jehovah, O my soul. Amen.









Tuesday, August 14, 2018

HALLELUJAH!




August 14

Daily Bible Reading: Psalms 99 – 102

Verse of the Day: Psalm 100:1 – “Make a joyful noise unto Jehovah, all ye lands.”

The Hebrew word form used here for “make a joyful noise,” is an electrifying command to offer public praise. This command is not directed to Israel – it is proclaimed to all the earth. 

We fall under that category today. This is a timeless, borderless command for all of Creation to follow. I get up early every morning, and as I go outside to exercise, I hear the birds declaring praise to their maker. In the evening when I sit on my porch, I hear the frogs and insects in an orchestra of sounds declaring their praise to God.

Often Creation does a better job of public praise than we do. Today, take a chance – don’t worry who is around, sound out some public praise for God.

Prayer: HALLELUJAH! May I shout praises to Your Name in this day You have given me. Amen.









Monday, August 13, 2018

Glorify




August 13

Daily Bible Reading: Psalms 96 – 98

Verse of the Day: Psalm 96:4 - 9 – “For great is Jehovah, and greatly to be praised: He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols; But Jehovah made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before him: Strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Ascribe unto Jehovah, ye kindreds of the peoples, Ascribe unto Jehovah glory and strength. Ascribe unto Jehovah the glory due unto his name: Bring an offering, and come into his courts. Oh worship Jehovah in holy array: Tremble before him, all the earth.”

There is one fundamental reason that the assembled body of believers exist today – the primary purpose is to glorify the Lord God. We can come up with a lot of reasons to assemble, but the chief reason is that we are created, saved, and sanctified to offer praise and worship to God.

Prayer: Glory and Majesty I ascribe to Your Name today, I pause to worship and praise You. You alone are the center of my life. Amen.




Sunday, August 12, 2018

Royal Psalms




August 12

Daily Bible Reading: Psalms 93 – 95

Verse of the Day: Psalm 93:1 – “Jehovah reigneth; he is clothed with majesty; Jehovah is clothed with strength; he hath girded himself therewith: The world also is established, that it cannot be moved.”

Some of the most inspiring Psalms are the ones categorized as Royal Psalms. In general, they speak of God as King in three different ways. He is King over Creation – He is the Creator. He is King over the Israelites because He is their savior, and He is the Coming King that will judge everyone. We can see this pictured in that He is reigning as said in our verse for today, and He is also coming to establish His permanent rule as pictured in Psalm 24:9.

As we meditate upon the incredible truth of God’s kingship, let it sink deeply into our hearts and minds.

Prayer: Majestic King of Glory, I bow humbly before You today. Speak to your servant, make Yourself plainly known. Draw me close to You all day. Amen.









Saturday, August 11, 2018

A Psalm of Moses



August 11

Daily Bible Reading: Psalms 90 – 92

Verse of the Day: Psalm 90:12 – “So teach us to number our days, That we may get us a heart of wisdom.”

We enter the fourth division of the book of Psalms. This can correspond to the book of Numbers in the Pentateuch. These songs remind us of the wandering and leading of God in that book. We are reminded that the only way to find our way through the desert is by trusting the leading of God.

This song is attributed to Moses who wrote two other poems recorded in the Bible (Exodus 15; Deuteronomy 32). This verse we read today reminds us of the importance of today. It has never been lived before, and it will never be lived again. You may never be closer to a decision you need to make than today. Whatever it is you need to do – do it. Tomorrow will have its own concerns.

Prayer: So teach us to number our days Father. Help us to see the importance of taking action today. Amen.



                   
     

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