Deliverance

January 31, 2018

In the beginning of Psalm 22 is a deep cry of lament. The writer feels abandoned, and yet…..a few lines later the same writer offers praises to God for deliverance. At once, the Psalmist was desperate for a word from God,

Victory

January 30, 2018

Psalm 20 is a royal request asking that God continue to protect the anointed King, to provide victory. There is an underlying understanding that this anointed one, or messiah, is leading the people in God’s ways.

Priceless

January 29, 2018

This week we continue our look at the Psalms. The 19th chapter begins with praise coming not from the psalmist, but from creation itself. “The heavens declare the glory of God.”

Praise

January 27, 2018

Psalm 8 is the first Psalm of praise. It begins and ends with a declaration of the majesty of God, and reminds us that God is the God of all creation. It is good to praise, to remind ourselves of the greatness of God.

Humility

January 26, 2018

This is another Psalm of lament, the author yearns to worship God, to lead a life of righteousness, but “enemies” prevent him from doing so. Whether these were literal enemies or enemies of the soul, we do not know.

Lament

January 25, 2018

Expressions of lament are prevalent throughout the Psalms. To lament means to feel or express sorrow or regret for; to mourn. I am glad laments are found over and over in the Psalms and throughout our sacred texts. It gives me hope to see that thousands of years ago, people were sorrowful and regretful, just as I am in my own life.

Kingdom

January 24, 2018

One of the things I love about the Psalms is that there are so many questions. It echoes life, doesn’t it? How many of us have cried out to God, “Why?” or “How?" or “How long?” If you have not yet questioned God, you will.

The Psalms

January 23, 2018

Today we begin a 4-week journey through the Psalms. We will not reflect on every Psalm (there are 150) but we will look at many of them, exploring the variety and depth of some of our favorites.

The Psalms

January 22, 2018

For the next few weeks, we are going to take a journey through the Psalms. This collection of 150 songs, poems and prayers can provide hope, healing, a new start, and place of respite.

Holding On

January 20, 2018

This verse has been the launching point for us each day this week and is a favorite verse for many. It’s a great passage to memorize and hold on to for growth and assurance.

Everyone needs to know about this!

January 19, 2018

In today’s reading, verse 20 reveals the exclamation point of the story. The prophet Isaiah doesn’t want us to miss the opportunity to praise God for the miracle of transformation that will take place.

Flourishing

January 18, 2018

In yesterday’s First 15 passage, the prophet Isaiah revealed God’s promise to make springs of water flow in parched and barren places, preparing a fertile landscape for the future. In today’s passage,

A Mighty Rush of Grace

January 17, 2018

In yesterday’s First 15 passage, the prophet Isaiah painted a picture of a people who were poor, needy and parched with thirst. In today’s passage, Isaiah describes the refreshing response God will provide.

God's Compassion

January 16, 2018

The prophet Isaiah’s collective writings reflect a glorious future for the world. A child will be born who will bring about an everlasting peace and completeness among all people. We know this child to be Jesus.

Taking Hold

January 15, 2018

Each day this week we’ll be reading a passage from Isaiah 41 and we’ll include today’s verse as the launching point. As we read, keep in mind that, just like us, Isaiah the prophet experienced a great many ups and downs in his personal and professional life.