Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Expanse of God

David said, “The Lord sits enthroned over the flood.”  This speaks of His control of the sea of humanity.  All are subject to the greatness of God.  Again, he says, “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.”

There is no situation we encounter that God is not over.

And yet, His expanse can be personal to us. “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”

DAILY PRAYER:  God of greatness, You take time to be near to me in my afflictions.  Thank You for Your love and care to me.


Our Compassionate Shepherd

Ps. 22 prophetically describes some of the suffering Jesus endured as He accomplished His mission to redeem us from our sin.  Isaiah said He was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.  The writer of Hebrews identified Him as our Great High Priest Who was touched with the feeling of our infirmities.

Regardless of what we go through, Jesus understands.  That’s why the mere mention of His name can bring the help of heaven in an instant.

He is a compassionate, loving Savior Who says, “Come unto Me, all ye who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  (Matt. 11:28)

DAILY PRAYER:  Thank You, Jesus, for understanding all about our problems.  Lead us into paths of righteousness, for Your name’s sake.

DAILY READING:  Ps. 20-25;  Matt. 11:25-30

Way Cloudy?

Psalm 19 is a pivotal and essential passage in the canon of scripture, sharing key concepts that clarify the impact God’s Word can and should have upon our lives. For instance, we are told “The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.” (v. 8b) 

To me, that says regardless of how clear or cloudy my way appears to be, the illumination of God’s Word will give me the vision I need to make the right decision.

Better than X-ray vision.

DAILY PRAYER:  Father, thank You for the way You have provided the Word to us to direct our lives from day to day. 

DAILY READING:  Ps. 15-9;  Jn. 1:1-18

Protect the Innocent

The Psalmist exposed the wicked man as one who waits in ambush to “murder the innocent.”  He thinks that God will not see.  He doesn’t realize that the Lord hates “hands that shed innocent blood.”  Pr. 6:17)

What could be more innocent than an unborn baby in a mother’s womb?

We can vote … pray … donate … March for Life … voice our concern …

[My opinion:  I don’t trust politicians to run our government if they don’t value and protect innocent life.]

DAILY PRAYER:  Father in Heaven, how it must grieve Your heart to see the shedding of innocent blood.  Use us to be those whose voice is heard against this grievous sin in our nation.

DAILY READING:  Ps. 8-14;  Pr. 6

I Will Not Fear

King David’s son, Absalom, would have killed his father to take his job as king of Israel. David probably wrote the third Psalm while he was running for his life.

What challenge of life is threatening you?  Position yourself in faith as David did, and allow God to show you how secure you are in His arms of love.

There’s no place I’d rather be.

DAILY PRAYER:  Father, even though I’m being threatened by life’s challenges, I will trust in You to keep and defend me.  Lead me in paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake.

DAILY READING:  Ps. 1-7;  Is. 43:1-13


Then Job replied to the Lord “I know that You can do all things; no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”

We ASK God for provision, wisdom, direction, or healing, in faith, believing.  We ALLOW Him to answer in His way, many times working through us to accomplish His will.  Then, we ACCEPT His solution and resolve to do His will.

It is Christ in us, the hope of glory.

DAILY PRAYER:  Father, thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.  Amen.

DAILY READING:  Job 40-2; Matt. 6

The Laws of the Heavens

In His reply to Job’s lament, God mentions the “Laws of the Heavens.”  As we consider the myriad of patterns, systems, and ordered protocols each element observes, we can only sigh and say “Glory to God” in acknowledgment of His overwhelming greatness.  Apart from His oversight, the universe would be total calamity.

Yet, He chooses to set His love upon us.  It’s too much!

DAILY PRAYER:  Father in Heaven, we are awed and overwhelmed at Your greatness.  Order our day to serve and bless You.  We want to accomplish Your purposes in the earth.

DAILY READING:  Job 38-9;  Ps. 8