Daily Reflections

from the Book of Psalms

July 6, Handling Fear

The Bible in general and the book of Psalms in particular speak about fear a great deal, since it is so common and prevalent among all human emotions. Fear can neither be ignored, nor can it be allowed to rule by saying, “I’m only human.” Recently, I received an email update from an author named Seth Godin that spoke about fear. Here is what he wrote:

July 5, Fear No Evil

David faced the temptation to fear, but he avoided it by determining not to be afraid no matter how foreboding the situation was. Instead, he chose to focus on the fact that the Lord was with him to comfort him in his troubles. Fear is the great enemy of your faith, and even if the Lord speaks to you...

July 4, Your Stuff

In today’s verse, David made a clear statement of commitment and devotion to the Lord. Perhaps it’s a good thing that David did not live in our materialistic age, where the emphasis is to own cars and more cars, clothes and trendier clothes, games and more complex games, homes and bigger homes.

July 3, Dealing with Godless Fools

A correct understanding of God is required for any and all righteousness. Without that, God identifies the godless as fools and their ability to do good is minimized. Therefore, the best way to turn around evil and wickedness is to convert the evil doer into a God-fearer.

July 2, Your Purpose

God determined that mankind would rule over the works of His hands and therefore gave man a mandate to do so: “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and...

July 1, Vivid Prayers

David was in trouble and he was not praying “now-I-lay-me-down-to-sleep” prayers. He was praying fervently and aggressively because he knew the danger he was in and realized God was the only One who could help and save him. Do you realize that you are in the same kind of danger David was in?

June 30, Rejoice in His Love

The Lord just doesn’t tolerate you, He delights in you! He watches over you and bestows honor on you as you humble yourself to submit to His will and rejoice in His ways. If this truth doesn’t exhilarate you and fill you with joy, then you may not fully comprehend either what God’s love means or...

June 29, Prayers for Kids

David was a fabulous writer, so talented that we still recite his poetry and put his lyrics to music 3,000 after his death! In today’s verse, he penned two similes for offspring that I incorporated into my prayers for my own children — that my son would be a well-nurtured plant and my daughter like a...

June 28, Fleeing God’s Presence

Adam and Eve tried to flee from God’s presence, comically hiding in a bush with fig-leaf coverings as God walked in the Garden. They were afraid after their sin and tried their best to hide. Jonah also attempted to run from God, in his case to avoid carrying out God’s directive to...

June 27, Psalms and Revelation

The psalms are a mixture of individual and corporate expressions of and exhortations to praise. In today’s passage, we see a corporate exhortation that covers the nation, families, tribes, and all who feared the Lord. The end goal of everything in Psalms is praise, which is a...

June 26, Waiting on the Lord

There is no more misunderstood or misused concept in your walk with God than “waiting on the Lord.” Most people consider waiting on the Lord the same as waiting on a train or bus. They passively wait, looking down the tracks or road to see if the transportation is coming.

June 25, Go Where God Is

This psalm is one of a collection or series known as the psalms of ascent (Psalms 120-134). Many believe these psalms were recited by pilgrims while they made their way to Jerusalem as the Lord had commanded them to do three times every year. God did not seem to mind putting the people through...

June 24, Addictions

The psalmist had a family heritage of serving the Lord, yet the psalmist also had a testimony that he had been in bondage or chains at some point in time, perhaps even while he was serving the Lord. It is possible to love and serve the Lord and still become...

June 23, Light in Darkness

God is able to protect His own flock no matter what the circumstances are. God preserved Noah and his family during the Flood. He protected the Jews when the plagues were tormenting Egypt. The Lord protected Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace. He also protected Daniel in the lions’ den:

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