Shame

Scripture I hold fast to your statutes, Lord; do not let me be put to shame…Take away the disgrace I dread, for your laws are good. ~Psalm 119:31,39, NIV Quote I sometimes think that shame, mere awkward, senseless shame, does as much toward preventing good acts and straightforward happiness as any of our vices. ~Clyde…

Space

Scripture When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. ~Psalm 118:5, NIV Quote The country life is to be preferred, for there we see the works of God, but in the cities little else but the works of men. And the one makes a better subject for contemplation…

Old Trees Bear Fresh Fruit

Scripture The righteous flourish like a tree…they will bear fruit in old age. ~Psalm 92:12-14 Quote Age brings a harvest which all men must reap: the fruit will determine if it is bitter or sweet. ~Mrs. Charles E. Cowman When Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was well along in years and every hair of his head was…

Rejoice–It’s An Order

Scripture Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob… this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob. ~Psalm 81:1,4, NIV Quote We fail to worship because our minds are attached to useless things. If is impossible to worship God when our mind is not…

Be Still My Soul

Scripture Truly my soul finds rest in God: my salvation comes from Him. ~Psalm 62:1, NIV Quote To God, silence can be a form of praise. ~Ellen Davis Life can get noisy. As I was doing my devotions a few days back, the hymn “Be Still My Soul” came to mind. It is a great…

Fearless

Scripture In God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me? ~Psalms 58:11, NIV Quote Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the conquest of it. ~Anonymous David was a warrior king who had stood face to face with death in hand to hand combat many times and yet…

Only God Is Great

Scripture But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “God is great!” ~Psalm 70:4, NLT Quote God’s glory cannot be contained by creation because God the infinite Creator remains far greater than what He created. ~Steven J. Lawson I attended…

Waiting And Waiting

Scripture I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. ~Psalm 40:1-2, NIV Quote Helping one person might not change the whole world but it will change the…

The “Pits”

Scripture You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths. ~Psalm 88:6, NIV Quote Discouragement is not from God. ~Ignatius of Loyola I was doing my daily bible reading this past week and the word “pit” kept coming up. David uses it a lot in his Psalms. My first thoughts were–a pit…

Wishing For Wings

Scripture I wish I had wings like a dove, so I could fly far away and be at peace. ~Psalm 55:6, CEV Quote Is avoiding adversity paramount to avoiding life? ~Ya’kov Job’s wife, whatever her name, was a piece of work. She encouraged Job to escape his adversity by committing suicide spiritually and physically. I like his answer:…