Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.

~Psalm 119:18, NLT


The Psalms was the prayer book of Jesus Christ.

~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I love the Psalms and I use them as a prayer guide daily. The first part of prayer should be praise and adoration and this is where I need help and I find that help in Psalms. The book of Psalms is the most popular book in the bible It is both the longest book in the Bible (150 chapters) and it covers every human emotion and every circumstance in life.  It addresses inward, private thoughts and feelings, as well as outward, publicly expressed words and actions.  The book models everything.  From the depths of despair to the heights of joy, from overwhelming discouragement to overflowing praise, the book of Psalms speaks.  The most important message that the book conveys is that all hope is founded, and grounded, in Christ alone. He is the answer to every one of life’s issues and, in Him, a downcast soul is healed by the joy of salvation.

I just finished the Psalm in the TLB and I highly recommend you read Dr. Kenneth Taylor’s paraphrase known as the Living Bible. I am reading the Psalms in the Message at present but enjoyed the Living Psalms more. I will use Psalm 82 today from the message. View the Psalms as a prayer book and use it as a guide. It will change your prayer life.

I preached the most politically incorrect sermon yesterday of my career. I know you folks from Danville will find that hard to believe. Just go to and check it out. Josh gave it a title, “It is time for the church to be salty.” Between the tension and the wind, I really think it is the wind…I came down with one of those splitting headaches that ruined my Sunday evening. It was still hurting when I went to bed last night but Praise Jesus, it is gone! Hallelujah!

We need to pray for Johnny Burnett and Ted Grantland. Both in ICU and Johnny is on the vent.


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