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Psalm 23. The Lord is My Shepherd

PSALM 23. This is a psalm that most likely we have all heard.   Perhaps this is one of the most quoted chapters in the Bible… spoken by athletes before games, recited by congregations at churches, written on sympathy cards to comfort those who are mourning, and replayed over and over in our own minds when we…

Questions to Help You Determine Your Family’s Summer Goals

Do you want help setting summer goals that encompass the interests of each family member? Plans that include fun and productivity, adventure and relaxation, movie nights and home improvements projects? This guide will help you make a plan that the whole family will love. This list is intended to be used as a guide that triggers your own thinking. It’s…

Psalm 17. Hear My Case. I’m Innocent!

What should we do when we’ve been unjustly accused of wrong and want our innocence made known?   PSALM 17. In this Psalm we read David’s words to God concerning how he has been wrongfully accused by an enemy. He has been greatly hurt and is grieving deeply. I’m talking weeping and serious lamenting. Have you ever felt…

Psalm 15. How Well Do You Treat Others?

Do your walk, works, and words bear evidence of Christ in you? PSALM 15. In these five verses David asked the Lord, “Who is worthy to live in Heaven?” David knew that the only true blameless one is Jesus Christ. Although the men at that time wanted to base their righteousness on their adherence to the required law, David…

Psalm 14. Stubbornly Rejecting God

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”   PSALM 14.  This Psalm describes the heart and actions of a foolish person. Three types of fools are in the BIble, but the one mentioned in Psalm 14 is derived from the Hebrew word “nabal” and means someone who stubbornly rejects wisdom.  Nabal lived in the days of David…

Living with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Would this hardship ever be removed? I desperately wanted God to intervene, to take away the cause of this pain.   It was the summer when our fourth child was in-between middle and high school. We were having a party at our home with lots of friends. Water tubing was taking place in the river behind…

Psalm 13. I Can’t Take It Any Longer!

Have you ever wanted to scream, “I can’t take it any longer!!”   PSALM 13. David did.  This Psalm is a gift to us! It shows us what David did when he was in turmoil and tired of an all-consuming, ever-returning trial. One-third of this six-verse chapter contains David’s intense plea for deliverance. He asks…

Psalm 12. Help! I’m Surrounded by Liars

What should we do when malicious liars surround us?   PSALM 12. This Psalm was written while David was being persecuted by Saul and faced with liars all around him. He knew this to be a dangerous situation. He complains directly to God with an opening phrase familiar to each of us. “Help, Lord!”  He empties all…