Psalm

October 22, 2021

Psalm 34

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  • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

Bible Text

Psalm 34 (ESV)

Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech,

so that he drove him out, and he went away.

1 I will bless the Lord at all times;

    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;

    let the humble hear and be glad.

3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

    and let us exalt his name together!

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me

    and delivered me from all my fears.

5 Those who look to him are radiant,

    and their faces shall never be ashamed.

6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him

    and saved him out of all his troubles.

7 The angel of the Lord encamps

    around those who fear him, and delivers them.

8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!

    Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,

    for those who fear him have no lack!

10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;

    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11 Come, O children, listen to me;

    I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12 What man is there who desires life

    and loves many days, that he may see good?

13 Keep your tongue from evil

    and your lips from speaking deceit.

14 Turn away from evil and do good;

    seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous

    and his ears toward their cry.

16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,

    to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears

    and delivers them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted

    and saves the crushed in spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,

    but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

20 He keeps all his bones;

    not one of them is broken.

21 Affliction will slay the wicked,

    and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;

none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

How is God addressing me today?

•       What is the theme of this passage in one sentence?

•       Write out some key verses from this passage.

•       How is God speaking to me through this passage? What are some lessons or applications for my life?

Prayer

October 15, 2021

Psalm 32

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  • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

Bible Text

Psalm 32 (ESV)

A Maskil of David.

1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,

    whose sin is covered.

2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,

    and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away

    through my groaning all day long.

4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;

    my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

5 I acknowledged my sin to you,

    and I did not cover my iniquity;

  I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”

    and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

6 Therefore let everyone who is godly

    offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;

  surely in the rush of great waters,

    they shall not reach him.

7 You are a hiding place for me;

    you preserve me from trouble;

    you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

    I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,

    which must be curbed with bit and bridle,

    or it will not stay near you.

10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,

    but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.

11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,

    and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

How is God addressing me today?

•       What is the theme of this passage in one sentence?

•       Write out some key verses from this passage.

•       How is God speaking to me through this passage? What are some lessons or applications for my life?

Prayer

October 8, 2021

Psalm 27

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  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

Bible Text

Psalm 27 (ESV)

Of David.

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;

    whom shall I fear?

  The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

    of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When evildoers assail me

    to eat up my flesh,

  my adversaries and foes,

    it is they who stumble and fall.

3 Though an army encamp against me,

    my heart shall not fear;

  though war arise against me,

    yet I will be confident.

4 One thing have I asked of the Lord,

    that will I seek after:

  that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

    all the days of my life,

  to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord

    and to inquire in his temple.

5 For he will hide me in his shelter

    in the day of trouble;

  he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;

    he will lift me high upon a rock.

6 And now my head shall be lifted up

    above my enemies all around me,

  and I will offer in his tent

    sacrifices with shouts of joy;

  I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;

    be gracious to me and answer me!

8 You have said, “Seek my face.”

  My heart says to you,

    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”

9     Hide not your face from me.

    Turn not your servant away in anger,

    O you who have been my help.

    Cast me not off; forsake me not,

    O God of my salvation!

10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,

    but the Lord will take me in.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord,

    and lead me on a level path

    because of my enemies.

12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;

    for false witnesses have risen against me,

    and they breathe out violence.

13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord

    in the land of the living!

14 Wait for the Lord;

    be strong, and let your heart take courage;

    wait for the Lord!

How is God addressing me today?

•       What is the theme of this passage in one sentence?

•       Write out some key verses from this passage.

•       How is God speaking to me through this passage? What are some lessons or applications for my life?

Prayer

October 1, 2021

Psalm 23

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  • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

Bible Text

Psalm 23 (ESV)

A Psalm of David.

1  The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2     He makes me lie down in green pastures.

   He leads me beside still waters.

3     He restores my soul.

   He leads me in paths of righteousness

    for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

    I will fear no evil,

  for you are with me;

    your rod and your staff,

    they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me

    in the presence of my enemies;

  you anoint my head with oil;

    my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

    all the days of my life,

  and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord    

forever.

How is God addressing me today?

•       What is the theme of this passage in one sentence?

•       Write out some key verses from this passage.

•       How is God speaking to me through this passage? What are some lessons or applications for my life?

Prayer

September 24, 2021

Psalm 20

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  • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

Bible Text

Psalm 20 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!

    May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!

2 May he send you help from the sanctuary

    and give you support from Zion!

3 May he remember all your offerings

    and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah

4 May he grant you your heart’s desire

    and fulfill all your plans!

5 May we shout for joy over your salvation,

    and in the name of our God set up our banners!

  May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!

6 Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed;

    he will answer him from his holy heaven

    with the saving might of his right hand.

7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,

    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

8 They collapse and fall,

    but we rise and stand upright.

9 O Lord, save the king!

    May he answer us when we call.

How is God addressing me today?

•       What is the theme of this passage in one sentence?

•       Write out some key verses from this passage.

•       How is God speaking to me through this passage? What are some lessons or applications for my life?

Prayer

September 17, 2021

Fall 2021

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  • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

Bible Text

Psalm 19 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1 The heavens declare the glory of God,

    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

2 Day to day pours out speech,

    and night to night reveals knowledge.

3 There is no speech, nor are there words,

    whose voice is not heard.

4 Their voice goes out through all the earth,

    and their words to the end of the world.

   In them he has set a tent for the sun,

5     which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,

    and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.

6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,

    and its circuit to the end of them,

    and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

7 The law of the Lord is perfect,

    reviving the soul;

  the testimony of the Lord is sure,

    making wise the simple;

8 the precepts of the Lord are right,

    rejoicing the heart;

  the commandment of the Lord is pure,

    enlightening the eyes;

9 the fear of the Lord is clean,

    enduring forever;

  the rules of the Lord are true,

    and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold,

    even much fine gold;

   sweeter also than honey

    and drippings of the honeycomb.

11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;

    in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors?

    Declare me innocent from hidden faults.

13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;

    let them not have dominion over me!

    Then I shall be blameless,

    and innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

    be acceptable in your sight,

O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

How is God addressing me today?

•       What is the theme of this passage in one sentence?

•       Write out some key verses from this passage.

•       How is God speaking to me through this passage? What are some lessons or applications for my life?

Prayer

September 10, 2021

Fall 2021

Journal

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  • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

Bible Text

Psalm 16 (ESV)

A miktam of David.

1 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;

    I have no good apart from you.”

3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,

    in whom is all my delight.

4 The sorrows of those who run after another god shall

    multiply;

    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out

    or take their names on my lips.

5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup;

    you hold my lot.

6 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

    indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;

    in the night also my heart instructs me.

8 I have set the Lord always before me;

    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;

    my flesh also dwells secure.

10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,

    or let your holy one see corruption.

11 You make known to me the path of life;

    in your presence there is fullness of joy;

    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

How is God addressing me today?

•       What is the theme of this passage in one sentence?

•       Write out some key verses from this passage.

•       How is God speaking to me through this passage? What are some lessons or applications for my life?

Prayer

September 3, 2021

Fall 2021

Journal

Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

  • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

Bible Text

Psalm 8

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.

1 O Lord, our Lord,

    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

   You have set your glory above the heavens.

2     Out of the mouth of babies and infants,

   you have established strength because of your foes,

    to still the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,

    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

4 what is man that you are mindful of him,

    and the son of man that you care for him?

5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings

    and crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;

    you have put all things under his feet,

7 all sheep and oxen,

    and also the beasts of the field,

8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,

    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord, our Lord,     how majestic is your name in all the earth!

How is God addressing me today?

•       What is the theme of this passage in one sentence?

•       Write out some key verses from this passage.

•       How is God speaking to me through this passage? What are some lessons or applications for my life?

Prayer

August 27, 2021

Fall 2021

Journal

Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.

  • Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
  • Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
  • List out all that you are grateful for.
  • Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.

Bible Text

Psalm 1 (ESV)

1 Blessed is the man

    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,

nor stands in the way of sinners,

    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,

    and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree

    planted by streams of water

    that yields its fruit in its season,

    and its leaf does not wither.

   In all that he does, he prospers.

4 The wicked are not so,

    but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

    nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,

but the way of the wicked will perish.

How is God addressing me today?

•       What is the theme of this passage in one sentence?

•       Write out some key verses from this passage.

•       How is God speaking to me through this passage? What are some lessons or applications for my life?

Prayer

May 20, 2021

Portraits of God

Journal

Bible Passage: Psalm 139

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!

2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

    you discern my thoughts from afar.

3 You search out my path and my lying down

    and are acquainted with all my ways.

4 Even before a word is on my tongue,

    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

5 You hem me in, behind and before,

    and lay your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

    it is high; I cannot attain it.

7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?

    Or where shall I flee from your presence?

8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!

    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

9 If I take the wings of the morning

    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

10 even there your hand shall lead me,

    and your right hand shall hold me.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,

    and the light about me be night,”

12 even the darkness is not dark to you;

    the night is bright as the day,

    for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;

    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

   Wonderful are your works;

    my soul knows it very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you,

    when I was being made in secret,

    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

    in your book were written, every one of them,

    the days that were formed for me,

    when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!

    How vast is the sum of them!

18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.

    I awake, and I am still with you.

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!

    O men of blood, depart from me!

20 They speak against you with malicious intent;

    your enemies take your name in vain.

21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?

    And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?

22 I hate them with complete hatred;

    I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!

    Try me and know my thoughts!

24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,

    and lead me in the way everlasting!

Questions to help us go deeper

Reflect on the portrait of God depicted in these passages.

  • What is He like?
  • Reflect on the ways you have experienced this aspect of God.
  • Are there ways that your current view of God needs to be corrected or refined through today’s passage?
  • Praise God for who He is.

Prayer

 

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