Psalms 19:7 Devotional

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭19:7 Daily Devotional

 

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The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

– ‭‭Psalm ‭19:7‬

Observations:

God’s law, his word, is flawless. In its purest form, it is refreshing to those who read or hear it. There’s wisdom in God’s law, and it even makes wise people out of those who aren’t very bright.

Applications:

While the psalmist is writing specifically about the Old Covenant law, which was fulfilled through Jesus, this can still be applicable to us under the New Covenant in the modern era. We aren’t bound by all of the hundreds of laws in the Old Testament, and we’re certainly not bound by the thousands of rules humans made based on those laws. However, God’s laws through Jesus are still perfect and refreshing, trustworthy and full of wisdom. Because of that, having a regular Bible reading plan is a good way to apply this verse. You can also apply this verse simply by sitting in silence and listening for what God wants to say to you.

Prayer:

Speak, Lord, your servant is listening. I want to hear your perfect, flawless, refreshing word. Restore and refresh my soul. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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Hebrews 13:16 Devotional

Hebrews 13:16 Daily Devotional

 

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And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

– ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:16‬ 

Observations:

The author of Hebrews is reminding us to be good to and take care of one another. God is pleased when we make sacrifices to help each other out.

Applications:

There are a few ways we can apply this verse. For example, being generous is an application of this verse. Sharing what we have without condition, without seeking anything in return, is a form of generosity. Serving one another is another application of the verse. Take some time to help someone out. This could be as simple as helping someone move to something more substantial in helping someone seek professional help for a concern they have. When you take the time to help, give money, or serve others, God is please.

Prayer:

Jesus, help me to see opportunities to do good and to share with others. I want to be known as a generous person who is always looking out for others. Grow me in generosity, not just with money but with time as well. Help me to focus my time on what really matters: taking care of your people. It’s in your name I pray, amen.

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1 Corinthians 13:7 Devotional

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:7 Daily Devotional

 

[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:7‬ ‭

Observations:

This is absolute language. There’s not a time where love doesn’t protect. It always protects. There’s not a time where love doesn’t trust, hope, and persevere. It always does those things.

Applications:

1 Corinthians 13:7 spells out how our love ought to work. If you’re not protecting, you’re not loving. The same is true for trusting, hoping, and persevering. And this goes beyond romantic love. Protect your friends just as you would your spouse. Protect your neighbor just as you would your parents. Since love always does these things, it applies to everyone at all times.

Prayer:

Jesus, thank you for your perfect love. You’ve come and given me an example to live by. I ask that you would help me to always love like you always love me. Help me also to use my love to protect, trust, hope, and persevere in times of trouble. It’s in your name I pray, amen.

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Proverbs 22:6 Devotional

Proverbs‬ ‭22:6 Daily Devotional

 

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭22:6‬ 

Observations:

This verse doesn’t specify the way children should go, just that we’re to teach them which way to go. That could be frustrating for some who want precise directions, but that’s just not how it works. Choosing the right way is important, though, because once they learn it, they will never turn from it.

Applications:

I’m not a parent, so take this application with a grain of salt. Though the author of this proverb doesn’t specify the way a child should go, the themes throughout the Bible should be an indication. We’re to raise our children in the way of righteousness, teaching them to be good neighbors to the people around them. We do this by modeling what a good neighbor is. Care for the people around you and show your children how to do the same. Be generous with your resources and teach your children how to do the same. Whatever you’re doing to spread God’s kingdom, take your kids along with you.

 

You can do this without children, too. You have people in your life, both kids and adults, who can learn from how you live. Don’t take those relationships for granted.

Prayer:

Help me to teach those around me in the way they should go. Help me, also, to never depart from that path you’ve set me on. I want to make an impact for you, Lord. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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Proverbs 18:10 Devotional

Proverbs 18:10  Daily Devotional

 

The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:10‬

Observations:

One thing we can always count on from God is safety. According to the Proverb writer, the Lord is a place of refuge. He is a place where his people can run to him and be safe from harm.

Applications:

“Rest” doesn’t feel like an application, but that’s what this verse is advocating. We need a place where we can rest and feel safe, and there’s no place like being with the Lord and resting in him. Here are just two ways you can rest in him:

 

Sabbath

Sabbath is simply a day off from working. You don’t have to be overly strict about this, as some people find some kinds of work relaxing. Just take time for yourself, rest, and spend time with God.

 

Silence and solitude

Take a few moment each day to sit in silence, listening for what God’s speaking to you. This can be hard in today’s fast-paced society, but it’s worth doing.

Prayer:

Father, thank you for the protection you provide. Help me to learn how to rest in your safety while allowing you to work in me. I run to you, and I only seek you. Show me more of you today. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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