Today’s Verse: But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, who were ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy: ~Ezra 3:12 When we think of our physical, spiritual, and emotional makeup, we can echo what the psalmist said that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. The trichotomy of man—spirit, soul, and body—are so intricately tied together.
Today’s Verse: In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. ~Psalm 56:11 Psalm 56 through Psalm 60 are called Michtam, or teaching, psalms. They are also referred to as “the Golden Psalms.” The superscription to this psalm tells us when the event occurred. The background setting is 1 Samuel 21, when David fled to find refuge at Gath with the Philistines. This morning, we see how David went from being afraid to having complete trust in the Lord. Da
Today’s Verse: Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. ~Psalm 126:4 The psalmist described the return of the Jews to Jerusalem as the streams in the south. The riverbeds are dependent upon the melting of snow in late spring. After a summer and an early fall of the hot sun, the streams that move southward have diminished in size and strength, even to the point that streams and riverbeds become completely dried up. However, once the rain season returns, t
Today’s Verse: Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. ~Acts 20:31 Whenever we enter into a contract, purchase real estate, purchase insurance, incur a debt, or agree to a medical procedure, we want the terms and conditions of what we are getting into in writing. We want full disclosure of what we are agreeing to, risks, exclusions, and limitations. We do not want any surprises after the fact, or
Today’s Verse: He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. ~Isaiah 53:3 When we think of our Lord Jesus we think of so many wonderful ascriptions given of Him. He is the Light of the World, the Bread of Life, the Water of Life, the Good Shepherd, the Prince of Peace, Savior and of course, God. In our devotion this morning, we pause to examine a description
Today’s Verse: Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years. ~Isaiah 38:5 Tears are God’s mechanism for clearing our eyes and the expression of hurt. There are a range of tears. There are tears of happiness and tears of sadness. There are tears from a moving performance, and there are tears from a tragic situation. The shedding of tears is an indication