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Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed  From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed;  lead me to the rock that is higher than I. —Psalm 61:2  David had his share of glory, but he also had his share of problems. When David was just a teenager, King Saul became very jealous of […]

Cast Your Burden on the Lord

Cast Your Burden on the Lord  Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you;  He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.  —Psalm 55:22  It is believed that David wrote this psalm when his son, Absalom, rebelled against him. His closest friend, Ahithophel, had also turned against him at this same […]

Joy of Salvation

Joy of Salvation  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation… —Psalm 51:12  Joy is one of the marks of the Christian life. But joy should not be confused with happiness. Happiness is an emotion that is dependent upon the outward circumstances of my life, which means I can be very happy one moment, and […]

The Cure for Depression

The Cure for Depression  Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? —Psalm 43:5  In modern terms, we could translate this verse, “Why are you so depressed? Why are you so filled with anxieties?”   Society places us under many difficult pressures. We find ourselves struggling financially, struggling […]

DON’T WORRY

Don’t Worry  Don’t Worry Do not fret…—Psalm 37:1  In this life, we are prone to worry about many things. But David gives us the cure for worry in verses 5-7 of this psalm: “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.… Rest in the Lord, and […]

The Heavy Hand of the Lord

The Heavy Hand of the Lord  When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer.  —Psalm 32:3-4  David was guilty of an adulterous relationship, which eventually led to murder. Though […]

The Lord Is MY Shepherd

The Lord Is My Shepherd  The Lord is MY shepherd… —Psalm 23:1  David understands the depth of these words in a way few of us do. Because he was a shepherd, he knew the relationship of the shepherd to the sheep. He knew it was the shepherd’s job to protect the defenseless sheep from predators, […]

The Cross

The Cross  My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? —Psalm 22:1  Psalm 22 is a demonstration of God’s foreknowledge of events. In this passage, God gives us advance notice of His plan for man’s redemption by allowing His Son to die the ignominious death of crucifixion.   The Gospels tell us that after […]

Encountering God

Encountering God  I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You.  Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. —Job 42:5-6  To this point in Job’s story, he has defended himself to his friends. When they hinted that perhaps there was something shady in his […]

The Quest for God

The Quest for God  Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, that I might come to His seat! —Job 23:3  Eliphaz told Job that if he could just find God, things would be okay. But Job doesn’t know where to find God.    Some people assert that because they cannot see God, they […]

Triumph of Faith

Triumph of Faith  For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within […]

Nothing + Nothing = Nothing

Nothing + Nothing = Nothing  Let him not trust in futile things, deceiving himself, for futility will be his reward.  —Job 15:31  In his attempt to understand why God had stripped Job of all his possessions, Eliphaz reasoned that Job had foolishly put his trust in those possessions. Though Job had not done so, Eliphaz […]