Daily Devotionals

The Pastor of the church provides a daily devotional entitled Think Upon These Things hoping it will be a source of inspiration, encouragement, and strengthening of your faith. It is not intended to take the place of other devotional materials (Our Daily Bread, Open Windows, etc.) but to supplement those devotionals. Contact the church office if you wish to receive Think Upon These Things via email, or subscribe to the church's website and it will be sent to you automatically. We pray it will be an encouragement to you.

May 21, 2020

THE SAVING WORD OF GOD
Friday, May 22, 2020

     The ‘Tau’ (T) section of Psalm 119 (vv. 169-176) is the last section of this marvelous song on the excellency of God’s Word. In this conclusion to the Psalm, King David drew together everything expressed throughout the song:

    • He asked God for a deeper understanding of His Word,
    • He asked for continued deliverance from his enemies,
    • He praised God for His grace,
    • He was thankful to God for His help and guidance.

   In his summary, David again recognized his failures, his flaws, his sinfulness. But he asked that the Lord would not let his weaknesses stand in the way of hearing and answering his prayers.

May 20, 2020

PRAISE FOR THE WORD OF GOD
Thursday, May 21, 2020

     Sometimes prayer needs no petition, but should be the simple sacrifice of praise to God from a grateful heart. Though we are a needy people, our greatest need is to recognize the great love, mercy, grace, and compassion of the Lord, and to thank Him for these gifts. The mind, heart, and spirit need to give God the glory for His goodness toward us.

     Seven times a day I praise You, because of Your righteous ordinances (Psalm 119:164).

May 20, 2020

THE REVIVING WORD OF GOD
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
 
     In the ‘Resh’ (R) section of Psalm 119 (vv. 153-160) David cried out to God,
 
     Revive me according to Your word (v. 154),
     Revive me according to Your ordinances (v. 156),
     Revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness (v. 159).
 
     The word ‘revive’ has a multitude of meanings depending on how the word is used in its context. It can mean, ‘to make alive’, to come alive’, ‘to give life’, ‘to keep alive’, ‘to live again’, ‘to preserve alive’, ‘to restore life’, etc.

May 18, 2020

WAITING ON GOD’S WORD
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

     I have observed an interesting phenomenon among some Christians of late. There is the idea that since we have the Holy Spirit living within us to speak God’s counsel to us, there is little need to study the Scriptures. Simply put, some say “The Holy Spirit will tell me what I need to know, so why spend time studying the Bible?” This is a very short sided and completely unbiblical approach to the Christian life.
     What was King David’s attitude toward God’s Word?

    I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words. My eyes anticipate the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word (Psalm 119:147-148).

May 17, 2020

THE SUSTAINING POWER OF GOD'S WORD
Monday, May 18, 2020

    Trouble and anguish have come upon me, yet Your commandments are my delight (Psalm 119:143).

     The people of God are no strangers to trouble and hardship. Yet we do not face trials and testings alone. The Lord has promised His presence with His people - always

    . . . I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).
    . . . He Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).

     Knowing the presence of God with us is comfort enough, but understanding the sustaining power of His Word is an added comfort.

May 17, 2020

PASSION FOR THE WORD OF GOD

Psalm 119:129-136

Sunday, May 17, 2020

      How much did King David love the Word of God? What if the Christian church today, and all its members, loved God’s Word as David did? My mother taught me “to love God’s Word is to love God; to love God is to love His Word.” Note the love affair David had with the Law of God.

      Your testimonies are wonderful (awesome, beyond excellent),

           therefore my soul observes (to protect, keep, obey) them.

     The unfolding (doorway, entrance, portal) of Your words gives light (insight, to illuminate);

May 15, 2020

JUSTICE OR MERCY?

Saturday, May 16, 2020

     Deal with Your servant according to Your lovingkindness and teach me Your statutes (Psalm 119:124).

     Scripture tells us that God is a holy, righteous, and just God - that He executes justice for the orphan and the widow (Deuteronomy 10:18), He gives justice to the afflicted (Job 36:6), He leads the humble in justice (Psalm 25:9), and that righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne (Psalm 89:14). ‘Justice’ (mishpat) has a broad range of meaning and application in the Bible, but basically it means ‘to make right’ or ‘to set in order’, albeit by judgment, penalty, or punishment.

May 15, 2020

MY HIDING PLACE AND SHIELD
Friday, May 15, 2020

    You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word (Psalm 119:114).

May 13, 2020

THE GUIDANCE OF GOD’S WORD
Thursday, May 14, 2020

    Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105).

May 12, 2020

THE WISDOM OF GOD’S WORD
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

    O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever mine (Psalms 119:97-98).

May 11, 2020

THE ETERNAL, IMMUTABLE, UNCHANGING  WORD OF GOD

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

    Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven (Psalms 119:89).

    Someone once said, “The only thing constant in the universe is change.” Not so with the Word of God. It is forever settled, it forever stands. The ‘Lamedh’ (L) section of Psalm 119 (vv. 89-96) declares it so.

May 10, 2020

THE CALMING WORD OF GOD
Monday, May 11, 2020

May 9, 2020

WOMANHOOD RESTORED
Sunday, April 10, 2020

    Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her, saying: "Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all" (Proverbs 31:28-29).

May 8, 2020

JOY IN THE DISCIPLINE OF GOD’S WORD
Saturday, April 09, 2020

    I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are righteous, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me (Psalms 119:75).

    The verses in the ‘Yodh’ (Y) section of Psalm 119 (vv. 73-80) are not easy to embrace. Is David saying that God is faithful in afflicting him with His righteous judgments? Or is David saying that even in his faithfulness, God chooses to afflict him with righteous judgments?
    The word ‘afflict’ means to humble, often through trials and testing. Sometimes affliction is motivated by malice, hostility, or anger; sometimes it is motivated by love.

May 7, 2020

THE DISCIPLINING WORD
Friday, April 08, 2020

    We often get discipline confused with punishment, but there is a big difference between the two.

May 6, 2020

THE BENEFICIAL WORD
Thursday, April 07, 2020

    The Lord is my portion; I have promised to keep Your words. (Psalm 119:57).

May 5, 2020

THE COMFORTING WORD

Wednesday, April 06, 2020

Remember the word to Your servant, in which You have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me (Psalm 119:49-50).

     Does the Bible give you hope? Do you find comfort in God’s Word? Who do you turn to when life has lost its pazzaz? As you read through the ‘Zayin’ section of Psalm 119 (vv. 49-56) you will begin to understand where King David is coming from in his gratitude for God’s Word. Notice:

               • He is afflicted (v. 50)

               • He is derided by the proud (v. 51)

               • He is indignant over the wicked (v. 53)

May 4, 2020

BE READY TO GIVE AN ANSWER

Tuesday, April 5, 2020

     In the ‘Vau’ (V) section of Psalm 119 (vv. 41-48) the writer makes two requests:

May Your lovingkindness (chesed: goodness, kindness, mercy) also come to me, O Lord, Your salvation according to Your word; so that I will have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in Your word (vv. 41-42), and

. . . do not take the word of truth utterly (ad: entirely, completely, forever) out of my mouth, for I wait for Your ordinances (v. 43).

May 3, 2020

INSPIRED SCRIPTURE INSPIRES
Monday, April 04, 2020

     The 'He' (H) section of Psalm 119 (vv. 33-40) is a series of prayers for insight, instruction, guidance, and strength, all coming from the Word of God. Note the requests the author makes:

     teach me . . . give me . . . make me . . . incline my heart . . . turn away my eyes . . . establish Your word . . . turn away my reproach . . . revive me.

     These are activities the writer acknowledges only God can do in his life. The means through which these requests are fulfilled is through the study and application of God's Word. In other words, the author of this psalm realizes his utter dependence upon God and His Word for:

May 3, 2020

STRENGTH FROM SCRIPTURE
Sunday, May 03, 2020

     My soul weeps because of grief; strengthen me according to Your word (Psalm 119:28).

May 2, 2020

EYES WIDE OPEN

Saturday, May 02, 2020

               Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law (Psalm 119:18).

     How wonderful are the Scriptures! In the ‘Gimel’ (G) section of Psalm 119 (vv.17-24), the psalmist celebrates the Word of God for the knowledge it provides in directing his life, and for the strength and comfort it gives him in times of difficulty and persecution. But the natural man cannot see such things. To him, Scripture is poetry, law, history, and legend. It takes the opening of one’s eyes to see the marvelous truths in God’s Word that transform a life.

April 30, 2020

THE TREASURED WORD

Friday, May 01, 2020

     Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You (Psalms 119:11).

     The heart of the ‘Beth’ (B) section of Psalm 119 is also one of the greatest testimonies to the power of God’s Word in a person’s life - that I may not sin against God! (Psalm 37:31) The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.

     Why do so many Christians, myself included, have such a difficult time with sin - sin of the head, the heart, the hand? Our attempts at curtailing sin often fail, not because we lack conviction, or desire, or genuine sincerity. It’s because we fail to appreciate and appropriate the power of God’s Word.

April 29, 2020

THE TREASURED WORD
Friday, May 01, 2020

     Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You (Psalms 119:11).

April 29, 2020

THE POWER OF GOD’S WORD
Thursday, April 30, 2020

     How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart (Psalm 119:1-2).

April 29, 2020

A PATTERN TO KEEP
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

     And his sons would go and feast in their houses, each on his appointed day, and would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, "It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." Thus Job did regularly (Job 1:4-5).

April 29, 2020

GIVE PRAISE TO THE LORD

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

     Over the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to hear from many who are concerned, anxious, feeling hopeless, and afraid. Quite a few I had talked with had the same question during our conversation. “Where is the Lord in all of this?”

     Although initially this is a natural question we ponder, my response was “Where are you with the Lord in all of this?” I believe this pandemic is giving all of us an opportunity to re-evaluate our fellowship with the Lord, and for some their need of a personal relationship with the Lord. He hasn’t changed. He hasn’t moved. He is always there when called upon. His promises are firm and never fail. He is good. He is kind. In Him we are safe.

April 27, 2020

FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD

Monday, April 27, 2020

     He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalms 91:1). 

     The English translation of this verse lacks the richness of the Hebrew text. For instance:

April 27, 2020

A WILLING SAVIOR

Sunday, April 26, 2020

     What do you wish? (Matthew 20:21).

     What do you want Me to do for you? (Mark 10:51).

     Jesus, Master, have mercy on us! (Luke 17:13).

     If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you (John 15:7).

     Each new day brings new opportunities for us to come before our Lord with words of praise, gratitude, intercessions, and personal requests. Does the Lord turn a deaf ear to us? On the contrary. He listens with an attentive ear.

April 27, 2020

THIS MUCH I KNOW

Saturday, April 25, 2020

    Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in (1 Kings 3:7).

April 23, 2020

COMING FORTH AS PURE GOLD

Friday, April 24, 2020

     He knows the way I take; when He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold (Job 23:10).

     I don’t know if you’ve thought of old Job during this pandemic, but I have. He has been a source of inspiration to me for years, and not just through times of heartache and trials. It would do us all well to go back and re-read his story in Scripture. There are many lessons to learn from him, and many golden nuggets of truth we can mine from the depths of his experience in suffering.

April 22, 2020

IT’S A GOOD THING

Thursday, April 23, 2020

     It is good to give thanks to the Lord And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High (Psalm 92:1).

     In the various events of creation, Moses repeated the words, it was good. The Hebrew word can have many meanings, but here it means to have within it the purpose for which it was created – without flaw or imperfection. Giving thanks to the Lord, and singing praise to Him is a good thing. It means we acknowledge before God that all He permits in our life is for His great purpose and our greater benefit.

April 22, 2020

DESIRING AND SEEKING

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

     With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early (Isaiah 26:9).

     In Isaiah 24, the prophet sees the coming judgment of God upon the heavens and earth. In chapter 25 he sings a song of praise to the Lord for His judgments in bringing His enemies to ruin and His people to permanent restoration. In chapter 26 Isaiah sings a song of praise for God’s full and complete salvation. In that song of praise the prophet reveals the attitude and spirit he has had all throughout his ministry, but especially in light of the coming judgment of God.

April 22, 2020

PERFECT PEACE

Monday, April 20, 2020

     You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3).

     In the Masoretic Text (the Old Testament Hebrew and Aramaic that is used by the Jewish community today) this verse is written, ‘“You keep the firmly-established mind in peace, peace; for his confidence rests on You.” The repetition of the word ‘peace’ denotes emphasis. Here it means undisturbed or complete peace, perfect peace. But what is peace?

     Some define peace as ‘the absence of conflict’, which it is. Synonyms for peace include ‘calmness’, ‘tranquility’, ‘repose’, or ‘serenity’. But is that what the prophet Isaiah meant?

April 22, 2020

HUMBLED AND EXALTED

Sunday, April 19,2020

     Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt y ou at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7).

     These words are a powerful encouragement to Christians because they so parallel the experience of Jesus Christ Himself.

April 22, 2020

YOU CAN DO NOTHING

Saturday, April 18, 2020

     "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

     Nature is a parable of God. Maybe that’s why many of Jesus’ parables are taken from nature. In the parable of the vine and branches, the primary truth Jesus was making is that the Christian’s complete dependence upon God. When you really think about the parable though, some additional truths are revealed:

April 22, 2020

A DOUBLE BLESSING

Friday, April 17, 2020

     “. . . and I will bless you . . . and so you shall be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2).

April 15, 2020

SINGING A NEW SONG

Thursday, April 16, 2020

     Sing to the Lord a new song, sing His praise from the end of the earth! (Isaiah 42:10).

     I miss the singing of God’s people in God’s house on Sunday! Sometimes in Sunday worship I simply stand in silence and listen to the voices of my church family as they sing from their heart their joy in the Lord. As glorious as this is to me, I know it can never compare to the songs we will sing in glory when we will one day gather around the throne of God with shouts of hallelujah to the King of kings, and Lord of lords – but it’s close. I’ll even rejoice when Dub finally gets that bucket he can carry a tune in! “What a day, glorious day that will be.”

April 15, 2020

CONSIDER THIS . . .

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

     “. . . fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you” (1 Samuel 12:24). 

April 15, 2020

AWARE, ABLE, AND AVAILABLE

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

     Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to t he weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:28-31).

April 15, 2020

LEARNING THE HARD WAY

Monday, April 13, 2020

 

     Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

April 15, 2020

A PROMISED REST

Saturday, April 11, 2020

April 15, 2020

PEACE BE WITH YOU!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared (Luke 24: 1).

     Reading through this familiar passage in preparation for today, Resurrection Day, I lingered on this one verse. We can imagine the emptiness felt by the women making their way to the place where Jesus had been buried. Their world shattered and turned upside down, they now came to put the final touches on the burial process. Jesus had given them hope during His life and ministry, and now they were withdrawn once again into what must have felt like a hopeless existence. Living the reality but forgetting the words of Jesus.  Much like us.

April 15, 2020

WHAT IS SO GOOD ABOUT 'GOOD FRIDAY'?

Friday, April 10, 2020

April 15, 2020

A WAY TO REMEMBER HIM

Thursday, April 09, 2020

April 7, 2020

LIVING MEMORIALS
Wednesday, April 08, 2020

". . . wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her (Matthew 26:13).

April 7, 2020

HOW'S YOUR LOVE LIFE?
Tuesday, April 07, 2020

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem" (Matthew 23:37).

April 6, 2020

FATHER, GLORIFY YOUR NAME

Monday, April 06, 2020

"Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save Me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name" (John 12:27-28).

April 6, 2020

LIVING SACRIFICES

Sunday, April 05, 2020

April 6, 2020

ALL THINGS FOR OUR GOOD?

Saturday, April 04, 2020

I know most, if not all of us, are glued to the daily news wondering how bad the pandemic is going to get, how many people will become infected, how many will die, what the long term effects will be on the economy, and how long will the crisis last until life gets back to normal. Nancy and I were discussing the other day if life will ever get back to normal for a lot of people in this country.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

April 6, 2020

OUR LORD REJOICING OVER US

Friday, April 03, 2020

This current pandemic has afforded me some time to think about things and seek the Lord for wisdom and discernment regarding what He wants me to learn from all that’s going on.  At one point my thoughts had me considering my age now as opposed to a younger Dave.  I thought if this pandemic had struck in my 20’s or 30’s it would have been devastating to face such deep uncertainty. Then I laughed because at my age now I just want my feet to be warm and wear comfortable shoes!

April 1, 2020

SUFFERING THE HEEBIE JEEBIES

Thursday, April 02, 2020

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

March 30, 2020

WAITING FOR THE LORD’S RETURN

Monday, March 30, 2020

Read Luke 12:1-59

Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them (Luke 12:37).

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