Who Do You Know That’s Crying for Help? Psalm 69

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Psalm 68 through 70; Psalm 86; Psalm 101

Many years ago I had a dear friend who made a one night mistake that wound up taking her life.

For years I didn’t know what was wrong; finally about ten months before she died she told me—she had A.I.D.S.  I knew she had been very sick, but the naïve person that I am would have never suspected that dreaded disease.

A few days following that life-changing conversation the Holy Spirit prompted me to write prayers from the scriptures everyday for my friend and mail them to her.

Not long after I began the daily prayers I came across Psalm 69.  The Lord used this Psalm to show me the pain, sadness, shame, loneliness and desperation my friend was going through.

Save me, O God,
for the floodwaters are up to my neck.
2 Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire;
I can’t find a foothold.
I am in deep water,
and the floods overwhelm me.
3 I am exhausted from crying for help;
my throat is parched.
My eyes are swollen with weeping,
waiting for my God to help me.
4 Those who hate me without cause
outnumber the hairs on my head.
Many enemies try to destroy me with lies,
demanding that I give back what I didn’t steal.

5 O God, you know how foolish I am;
my sins cannot be hidden from you.
6 Don’t let those who trust in you be ashamed because of me,
O Sovereign Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Don’t let me cause them to be humiliated,
O God of Israel.
7 For I endure insults for your sake;
humiliation is written all over my face.
8 Even my own brothers pretend they don’t know me;
they treat me like a stranger.

9 Passion for your house has consumed me,
and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.
10 When I weep and fast,
they scoff at me.
11 When I dress in burlap to show sorrow,
they make fun of me.
12 I am the favorite topic of town gossip,
and all the drunks sing about me.

13 But I keep praying to you, Lord,
hoping this time you will show me favor.
In your unfailing love, O God,
answer my prayer with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mud;
don’t let me sink any deeper!
Save me from those who hate me,
and pull me from these deep waters.
15 Don’t let the floods overwhelm me,
or the deep waters swallow me,
or the pit of death devour me.

16 Answer my prayers, O Lord,
for your unfailing love is wonderful.
Take care of me,
for your mercy is so plentiful.
17 Don’t hide from your servant;
answer me quickly, for I am in deep trouble!
18 Come and redeem me;
free me from my enemies.

19 You know of my shame, scorn, and disgrace.
You see all that my enemies are doing.
20 Their insults have broken my heart,
and I am in despair.
If only one person would show some pity;
if only one would turn and comfort me.
21 But instead, they give me poison[
a] for food;
they offer me sour wine for my thirst.

I am suffering and in pain.
Rescue me, O God, by your saving power.

30 Then I will praise God’s name with singing,
and I will honor him with thanksgiving.
31 For this will please the Lord more than sacrificing cattle,
more than presenting a bull with its horns and hooves.
32 The humble will see their God at work and be glad.
Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.
 33 For the Lord hears the cries of the needy;
he does not despise his imprisoned people.

Friends, someone you know is crying for help today!

No, my friend wasn’t healed of her sickness.

She went through tremendous physical and emotional suffering but at God’s perfect time she was rescued from it all; like David she praised God’s name with singing and honored Him with thanksgiving.  She told me of multiple “God moments” during her last days and wrote many beautiful songs that are still blessing others today.

There are many, many people suffering today and crying out for help.  You and I may be God’s answer to their prayers.  Yes, we feel helpless, but if we step out to help them God will make a way for us to know how they feel.

Thank you David for being obedient to God and opening up your heart to give us a glimpse your pain so that we may comfort others.

Lord, I pray that you will use us to help the hurting!  No, we can’t help everyone, but we can help one.  Show us the “one”  Holy Spirit.   Help them to “Hold Fast, Help is on the Way.”  Use us Jesus to be your hands to the hurting.

In Jesus Name, Amen and Amen!

 “Hold Fast, Help is on the Way” by Mercy Me

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Psalm 103; Psalms 108 through 110; Psalms 122, 124

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Who Do You Know That’s Crying for Help? Psalm 69

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Psalm 68 through 70; Psalm 86; Psalm 101

Many years ago I had a dear friend who made a one night mistake that wound up taking her life.

For years I didn’t know what was wrong; finally about ten months before she died she told me—she had A.I.D.S.  I knew she had been very sick, but the naïve person that I am would have never suspected that dreaded disease.

A few days following that life-changing conversation the Holy Spirit prompted me to write prayers from the scriptures everyday for my friend and mail them to her.

Not long after I began the daily prayers I came across Psalm 69.  The Lord used this Psalm to show me the pain, sadness, shame, loneliness and desperation my friend was going through.

Save me, O God,
for the floodwaters are up to my neck.
2 Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire;
I can’t find a foothold.
I am in deep water,
and the floods overwhelm me.
3 I am exhausted from crying for help;
my throat is parched.
My eyes are swollen with weeping,
waiting for my God to help me.
4 Those who hate me without cause
outnumber the hairs on my head.
Many enemies try to destroy me with lies,
demanding that I give back what I didn’t steal.

5 O God, you know how foolish I am;
my sins cannot be hidden from you.
6 Don’t let those who trust in you be ashamed because of me,
O Sovereign Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
Don’t let me cause them to be humiliated,
O God of Israel.
7 For I endure insults for your sake;
humiliation is written all over my face.
8 Even my own brothers pretend they don’t know me;
they treat me like a stranger.

9 Passion for your house has consumed me,
and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.
10 When I weep and fast,
they scoff at me.
11 When I dress in burlap to show sorrow,
they make fun of me.
12 I am the favorite topic of town gossip,
and all the drunks sing about me.

13 But I keep praying to you, Lord,
hoping this time you will show me favor.
In your unfailing love, O God,
answer my prayer with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mud;
don’t let me sink any deeper!
Save me from those who hate me,
and pull me from these deep waters.
15 Don’t let the floods overwhelm me,
or the deep waters swallow me,
or the pit of death devour me.

16 Answer my prayers, O Lord,
for your unfailing love is wonderful.
Take care of me,
for your mercy is so plentiful.
17 Don’t hide from your servant;
answer me quickly, for I am in deep trouble!
18 Come and redeem me;
free me from my enemies.

19 You know of my shame, scorn, and disgrace.
You see all that my enemies are doing.
20 Their insults have broken my heart,
and I am in despair.
If only one person would show some pity;
if only one would turn and comfort me.
21 But instead, they give me poison[
a] for food;
they offer me sour wine for my thirst.

I am suffering and in pain.
Rescue me, O God, by your saving power.

30 Then I will praise God’s name with singing,
and I will honor him with thanksgiving.
31 For this will please the Lord more than sacrificing cattle,
more than presenting a bull with its horns and hooves.
32 The humble will see their God at work and be glad.
Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.
 33 For the Lord hears the cries of the needy;
he does not despise his imprisoned people.

Friends, someone you know is crying for help today!

No, my friend wasn’t healed of her sickness.

She went through tremendous physical and emotional suffering but at God’s perfect time she was rescued from it all; like David she praised God’s name with singing and honored Him with thanksgiving.  She told me of multiple “God moments” during her last days and wrote many beautiful songs that are still blessing others today.

There are many, many people suffering today and crying out for help.  You and I may be God’s answer to their prayers.  Yes, we feel helpless, but if we step out to help them God will make a way for us to know how they feel.

Thank you David for being obedient to God and opening up your heart to give us a glimpse your pain so that we may comfort others.

Lord, I pray that you will use us to help the hurting!  No, we can’t help everyone, but we can help one.  Show us the “one”  Holy Spirit.   Help them to “Hold Fast, Help is on the Way.”  Use us Jesus to be your hands to the hurting.

In Jesus Name, Amen and Amen!

 “Hold Fast, Help is on the Way” by Mercy Me

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Psalm 103; Psalms 108 through 110; Psalms 122, 124

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It’s Time to Worship—Psalm 66: 1-2

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 61 through 62; Psalm 64 through 67

When I read the Psalms I sometimes forget they were songs. Theses Psalms are equivalent to today’s top worship songs, such as Chris Tomlin’s, “How Great is Our God,” and Jennie Lee Riddle’s “Revelation Song.”  Whether you’re a charismatic worshiper or someone who enjoys the consistency and beauty of a more liturgical style of worship, today’s scripture is a call to worship the one, true, living God.

Shout joyful praise to God, all the earth!

Sing about the glory of his name!

Tell the world how glorious he is!    –Psalm 66: 1-2

As I read these two verses several times I noticed…

It doesn’t say shout, sing and tell—IF

  • You’ve had a good week, everyone’s healthy, and you had a great hair day
  • You’re a gifted shouter, singer, or teller
  • You’re feeling it
  • You’re at church

Jehovah God is worthy of our praise.  Just like the psalmist reminded the children of Israel of God’s faithfulness in Psalm 66:6; we need to remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness to us.  What I find interesting is the psalmist sang about a miracle that had happened several generations earlier.  In our instant gratification society, we don’t spend enough time remembering.  I guess Jesus knew how we would be so he told us to observe the Lord’s Supper to remember what He did for us on Calvary.

When the psalmist penned these words Jesus had not came to the earth, died on the cross, and rose from the dead.  For those of us who have asked Jesus to come into our hearts and be our Savior and Lord we have more than enough to shout, sing and tell.

Today, let’s shout and proclaim Jesus as our Lord; sing to the top of our lungs of His greatness, and tell the world about our Savior so that they may know Him more!

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Psalm 68-70; Psalm 86, Psalm 101

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The More I Thought About It, The Hotter I Got! Psalm 39: 1-4

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 39 through Psalms 41; Psalms 53, 55, 58

Do you talk to yourself?

If you said, “yes” you’re in good company.

King David did as well:

I said to myself, “I will watch what I do
and not sin in what I say.
I will hold my tongue
when the ungodly are around me.”
But as I stood there in silence—
not even speaking of good things—
the turmoil within me grew worse.
The more I thought about it,
the hotter I got,
igniting a fire of words:
“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered—
how fleeting my life is.    —
Psalm 39: 1-4

Friends, this is amazing to me, approximately three thousand years ago, “the man after God’s heart” struggled with holding his tongue, struggled with turmoil within and struggled with thinking, chewing, and dwelling on something so long that it ignited a fire of words.

This is very comforting to me.

I know– misery loves company…

I want to please the Lord, but I’m just so…ugh…human!

I do pretty well with the average people on the street, business associates, friends and acquaintances.  It’s the people I LOVE the most that get the worst of my tongue.  No, I’m not talking profanity; I’m talking about my opinion…

I can’t seem to NOT give it!

I’m trying to teach, train, help, and fix my family. My motive is love, but I’m sure it doesn’t always sound or feel like love!!!

I will say that I’ve gotten better over the years, but it is still a struggle for me.  The tongue has been one area the Holy Spirit has worked on me throughout my life.  I remember when I was a young mom, sitting in the nursery and “chatting” with other moms.  I would go home and feel convicted over gossiping.

At the young age of 22 the Lord pointed me to Philippians 4:8…

 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.        

I literally began asking myself after a phone or in-person conversation:

Was that true, was it honorable, right and pure, lovely, and admirable?

Most times I would have to repent, but I slowly began to learn what I was supposed to think and talk about.  Believe me I’m not perfect, but I’m a whole lot better than I used to be.

After reading verse 4 of David’s prayer I think I have a new question to ask when I’m tempted to try to fix my family.

Does this thing that bugs me have anything to do with eternity?”

If the answer is “No” with the help of the Lord I’m going to let it go!

I join King David in this prayer:

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.

Remind me that my days are numbered— 

how fleeting my life is.

In Jesus Name Amen!

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 61 through Psalms 62; Psalms 64 through 67

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Famous Last Words: Nothing Can Stop Me Now! Psalms 30:6-7

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 35 through 38

“Nothing Can Stop Me Now!”  Have you ever thought or said those words?

David did:

When I was prosperous I said, “Nothing can stop me now!” Your favor; O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain.  Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.
                                                                                                                                     Psalms 30: 6-7
 
 

It is understandable how the pride of success could overtake David; he had a lot going for him:

  • A successful shepherd at a young age
  • Had killed lions and bears
  • Killed the giant Goliath
  • Was chosen over King Saul and all his brothers to be the King of Israel
  • A charismatic leader who always had a following
  • Won many battles and conquered great kingdoms
  • Had many beautiful wives and concubines
  • An accomplished musician and songwriter

This is by no means a complete list; these are just the first things that came to mind.  I’ve heard it said that success is a greater test of character than failure.  It definitely seemed true in David’s life, when he was running from Saul and hiding in caves, he was closely in tune with God, but when his kingdom was secure and he had reached his goals then he began to think and act like, “nothing can stop me now!”

When God’s favor is on your life it’s easy to think you did it all yourself, but when that favor is no longer there you are left with what you brought to the party…not much.

In 1993, I had just won my first pink Cadillac with Mary Kay Cosmetics.  It seemed that everything I touched turned to gold.  I had been in MK eight years and had won four cars.  I had found my sweet spot.  I was an expert in my region and had many opportunities to speak and teach! I held team meetings every week and I could run that meeting with little preparation…EVERYTHING WAS SO EASY!

I always gave God the credit for my success, but I mistakenly thought my God-given talents, gifts, and abilities were the reason for my success not the favor and blessing of God.  It’s like the principle of sowing and reaping, we sow our talents, gifts and abilities but it is GOD who gives the increase.

Just like David I thought, “Nothing can stop me now!” And just like David, the same thing that stopped him, stopped me; God lifted His hand of favor from my Mary Kay career.  The Holy Spirit told me the Mary Kay season was over, but my identity was so wrapped up in being a Sales Director, I didn’t listen and set out on my own.  Bad decision— When God’s favor left so did my passion, confidence, joy, and success.

Finally, four years after God told me to resign my unit; a broke, depressed, lifeless daughter crawled into the lap of her Heavenly Father and turned over the reigns of her life to Him.  It was amazing as soon as I “let go” He began something new that led to an amazing second career!

Two and a half years ago I again heard God speak and tell me to leave my second career; this time I listened.  Was it scary?  Most definitely, but it would have been scarier to stay.   Do I know what God has for this next season?  I’m not sure, but I’ve learned what Moses experienced, “as long as the Lord’s leading, I’m going!”  Exodus 33: 15-16

I say with David, “Lord, your favor is as secure as the mountain;” let me live there the rest of my days!

 ©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 39 through 41; Psalms 53, 55, 58

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I said, “Yes!”–Psalm 27:8

Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 27-32

My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”  —Psalm 27: 8

A few months ago I felt the Holy Spirit speak to me…

Dianne, what if I had special things I wanted to talk to you about on early morning walks?  What if you are missing special times with me because you’re not making the effort to take a daily walk?

While I feel bad most days about not exercising, I had never thought that not taking a walk was sacrificing “God time.”

But now that I think about it, almost every time I go for a walk I feel closer to God; I feel like He speaks to me.

What if the God of the universe was saying to me “Come and walk with me.  Come and talk with me?”

Just so you know, I ignored God.

Yep, just went on about my life.  You see, I write my blog posts in the morning, so early morning walks are difficult. I just couldn’t fit it in.

For some reason this morning I postponed writing my devotion and went on a walk.  No sooner than I had gotten out of the subdivision, I felt this question bubble up in my mind:

Will you write your blog post at a different time of day and come on a walk with Me each morning?

I said, YES!

I encourage you to ask God where, when, and how He wants to communicate with YOU.  He will answer you…and then SAY YES!

Blessings in Jesus!

 

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 35-38

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Have You Ever Felt Abandoned by God? Psalm 22:1

Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 22-26

At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock.  At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”  —Matthew 27:45-46

I’ve read and heard these words countless times over the years but today I saw them in Psalms 22 and I was surprised:

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Why are you so far away when I groan for help?  
Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer.
Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief.
Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.
Our ancestors trusted in you, and you rescued them.
They cried out to you and were saved.
They trusted in you and were never disgraced.    —Psalms 22:2-5
 

Yes, David penned those words many years before Jesus shouted them on the cross.

Jesus AND David felt abandoned by God.

Have you ever felt abandoned by God?

Have you ever felt like God did not answer?

David used a word that we need to remember when we feel abandoned:

Yet

My paraphrase of Psalm 22:1-5

Lord, I feel like you’ve abandoned me.  I call you, but You do not answer.  I know You hear me, but you are sending me no relief.

Yet, 

You are still holy.  

You still deserved my praise.  

Our ancestors trusted You when they felt abandoned.  

They cried out to You and You saved them.  

They were never disgraced by trusting You.  

So I’m going to do the same.

Do you feel abandoned today?

Tell the Lord exactly how you feel and when you’ve said all you need to say, add this line:

Yet, You are Holy Lord.  I don’t understand but I praise You and I trust You.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 27-32

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BEWARE: What’s In Your Heart WILL Come Out of Your Mouth!

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21

David speaking to the Lord:

How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
    Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant from deliberate sins!
    Don’t let them control me.
Then I will be free of guilt
    and innocent of great sin.

14 May the words of my mouth
    and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
    O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.  —Psalm 19: 12-14

In this Psalm it seems as though David said everything that every human being trying to live for God has thought at one time or another.

It is comforting to me to pray this Psalm to my God.

You see, I have a problem; I tend to think I’m better than I am.

Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of things that bug me about me, but I know that some of the things that bug me don’t bug my Lord and some of the things that don’t bug me really bug my Lord.

The problem is Satan, my spiritual enemy distracts me with silly things so I don’t notice the heart things—the hidden faults.

I’m worried about check lists:  Daily Bible reading, prayer, church attendance, etc. and my heavenly Father is looking to see why I am doing those things— He goes straight to the heart!

If my heart isn’t right it doesn’t matter how much I read, pray, or go to church—it’s the “why” that counts.

The interesting thing about the way God wired us is– what’s in our heart WILL eventually come out of our mouth.  David knew this and prayed for both to be pleasing to God.  So the lesson for us is:

  • If you don’t like what’s coming out of your mouth check your heart
  • If you’re controlling your mouth but have sin in your heart; watch out, it will come out when you’re least expecting it

In Psalm 119: 9-11, an unknown psalmist (it sure sounds like David to me) gave us instructions to keep our heart pure:

How can a young person stay pure?  By obeying your word.
I have tried hard to find you— don’t let me wander from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Heavenly Father, we don’t want to be controlled by sin.  We  join with David and ask you to show us our hidden sins and faults.  We want a pure heart; continue to draw us to Your Word.  Help us to treasure Your word and read it, meditate on it, memorize it, and talk about it so that we might not sin against You!

Thank you Lord for speaking through Your Word!

 

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

 
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How Can a Big Moon Help You to Know God?

Today’s Scripture Reading:  1 Kings 2: 1-9, 2 Samuel 23: 1-7, 1 Kings 2: 10-12, 1 Chronicles 29: 26-30, Psalms 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—

the moon and the stars you set in place—

what are mere mortals that you should think about them,

human beings that you should care for them?  —Psalm 8:3-4

Do you ever wonder if God really

sees you?

knows you?

cares about you?

hears your prayers?

I am so insignificant compared to the mighty universe we live in, it’s easy when I’m using my intellect to think, “it just sounds too good to be true that the God of the Universe would think about me!”

David wasn’t doubting God’s love and care in Psalm eight; he was completely in awe of it!

Maybe you’re thinking, “How can I know that the Living God is not just David’s God, He’s MY God?

We must do what David did:

  • Observe nature and realize YOUR Heavenly Father spoke it into existence
  • Hold, read, and meditate on God’s Word and realize when He inspired each word, He was thinking of YOU
  • Talk to Him and take the time to wait for Him to talk to you
  • Keep a journal of the times you’ve heard God speak, answered a prayer, or saw something supernatural

David was a shepherd until he was anointed to be king. Think about how much time David spent observing God through nature, being alone with God and meditating on his Word, talking and listening to Him, and recording his thoughts– we have a record of his journaling in the Psalms.

While group worship services, Bible studies, and prayer gatherings play an important part in the growth of our relationship with God; they’re not meant to replace your personal time with God.  In today’s digital world, it is harder than ever to unplug from technology and get quiet with God, but make the effort (that’s what the journey is all about), you’ll be so glad you did.

If we’re willing to do what David did, we can have what David had…a heart full of love and amazement for our Lord!

Heavenly Father, I’m amazed that You know me, see me, and care about me.  Lord, I want to know You more.  Holy Spirit pull me away, like a magnet, from the busyness and noise of this world.  Speak to me Lord, teach me Your ways, and use me for Your Glory.

In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21

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How Can a Big Moon Help You to Know God?

Today’s Scripture Reading:  1 Kings 2: 1-9, 2 Samuel 23: 1-7, 1 Kings 2: 10-12, 1 Chronicles 29: 26-30, Psalms 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—

the moon and the stars you set in place—

what are mere mortals that you should think about them,

human beings that you should care for them?  —Psalm 8:3-4

Do you ever wonder if God really

sees you?

knows you?

cares about you?

hears your prayers?

I am so insignificant compared to the mighty universe we live in, it’s easy when I’m using my intellect to think, “it just sounds too good to be true that the God of the Universe would think about me!”

David wasn’t doubting God’s love and care in Psalm eight; he was completely in awe of it!

Maybe you’re thinking, “How can I know that the Living God is not just David’s God, He’s MY God?

We must do what David did:

  • Observe nature and realize YOUR Heavenly Father spoke it into existence
  • Hold, read, and meditate on God’s Word and realize when He inspired each word, He was thinking of YOU
  • Talk to Him and take the time to wait for Him to talk to you
  • Keep a journal of the times you’ve heard God speak, answered a prayer, or saw something supernatural

David was a shepherd until he was anointed to be king. Think about how much time David spent observing God through nature, being alone with God and meditating on his Word, talking and listening to Him, and recording his thoughts– we have a record of his journaling in the Psalms.

While group worship services, Bible studies, and prayer gatherings play an important part in the growth of our relationship with God; they’re not meant to replace your personal time with God.  In today’s digital world, it is harder than ever to unplug from technology and get quiet with God, but make the effort (that’s what the journey is all about), you’ll be so glad you did.

If we’re willing to do what David did, we can have what David had…a heart full of love and amazement for our Lord!

Heavenly Father, I’m amazed that You know me, see me, and care about me.  Lord, I want to know You more.  Holy Spirit pull me away, like a magnet, from the busyness and noise of this world.  Speak to me Lord, teach me Your ways, and use me for Your Glory.

In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21

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