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ABCs of Christmas (C) – Romans 10:9 December 4th

What have you confessed about Jesus? The “C” of Christmas is Confess. This word is most often used when describing what a person does when they admit they have done wrong. There are times when it is important to confess your sins. However, it is also important to confess the good news that Jesus Christ […]

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ABCs of Christmas (B) – Genesis 22:7–18 December 3rd

What do you believe about the Savior? The “B” of Christmas is Believe. This is all that God has required people to do in order to receive the Savior that He promised to send. This is the real heart of Christmas. If you have not believed His promise of full forgiveness of sins through faith […]

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ABCs of Christmas (A) – Luke 2:10, 11 December 2nd

How have you acknowledged the Savior? The “A” of Christmas is Acknowledge. The best preparation for Christmas is to acknowledge that you need a Savior. In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve in His likeness. They had a perfect relationship with God, but they lost this relationship because they choose not to trust and […]

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All Praise – Psalm 150:6 December 1st

Who should praise the Lord? The last verse in Psalms sums up what the book is all about. “Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD” (v. 6). Think about this verse for a few minutes and you should come to the conclusion that everyone should praise the Lord, at […]

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Methods of Praise – Psalm 150:3–5 November 30th

Do you praise the Lord often? How? The Bible does not seem to give a specific way to praise the Lord. There are various ways to praise Him. David wrote, “Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with […]

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Reasons for Praise ? Psalm 150:2 November 29th

Why do you praise God? There is a great difference between flattery and praise! Flattery is either a lie or an exaggeration. It is usually used with a hidden motive of gaining something from the one being flattered. Honest praise is not for any ulterior purposes. It is given because of something that the one […]

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Sanctuary Praise – Psalm 150:1 November 28th

Where do you praise the Lord? A lady hurriedly entered the pastor’s office. He had never met her before, but she urgently asked permission to go into the church building and pray. This lady had some serious emotional and spiritual problems. With some follow-up, this lady learned that she did not have to be in […]

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Joyful Saints – Psalm 149:5–9 November 27th

How joyful are you right now? A person who was living in a very difficult life situation and enduring all kinds of problems was asked, “How can you be so happy with all of the problems that you have?” There is only one possible answer, and it is that the Lord gives joy to His […]

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Pleasing God – Psalm 149:2–4 November 26th

What gives God the most pleasure? Many people spend a lot of their time and energy trying to gain God’s acceptance. This is almost as ridiculous as an ant crawling up the leg of a person on a picnic—in order to gain acceptance. Instead of gaining acceptance, the ant eventually stings and then is squashed […]

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New Praise – Psalm 149:1 November 25th

What has God done in your life recently? It is easy for praise and worship to become set in traditions. Notice that this psalm begins with an interesting command, “Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song” (v. 1). The truths contained within the old hymns that believers have been singing for […]

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One of “Them” – Psalm 148:13, 14 November 24th

How do you know that you are one of His? One way to determine whether or not you are one of “them” is to evaluate your praise for the Lord. “Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven” (v. 13). As […]

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All Praise – Psalm 148:7–12 November 23rd

How much are you praising the Lord? In the verses preceding this passage, it is clear that everything and everyone in the heavens is designed to praise the Lord. This passage clearly describes that everything in the earth is to praise the Lord. “Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: Fire, […]

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Praise vs. Rebellion – Psalm 148:1–6 November 22nd

Why was Satan cast out of heaven? God created the heavens and all that is in them to bring glory to Himself. David understood this and wrote, “Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise him, all his hosts. Praise […]

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God’s Will – Psalm 147:19, 20 November 21st

What have you learned about God? In the beginning, God had an intimate relationship with Adam and Eve, whom He had created. However, they chose to reject His will and were separated from Him. Even though they had rejected Him, God gave them a promise of a Redeemer that would make it possible for the […]

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God Does It – Psalm 147:15–18 November 20th

What is God doing in your heart? God does not allow people to continue in darkness, but He gives light and reveals His will to people. David wrote, “He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly” (v. 15). Think about what God has commanded you to do. The Lord gave one […]

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Praise Begins at Home – Psalm 147:12–14 November 19th

How does your family praise the Lord? Verse 2 of this psalm states, “The LORD doth build up Jerusalem . . .” It has been suggested that a good application for this statement is that the Lord will build up your family. If you use the same application for verse 12, then praise should begin […]

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Thanksgiving – Psalm 147:7–11 November 18th

Why should you give thanks to God this year? You should give thanks to God because it is commanded. “Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God” (v. 7). It pleases Him when you are specific in your thanksgiving, but you should also give thanks just because He is […]

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Building Up (Part 2 of 2) – Psalm 147:3–6 November 17th

How can God build up your family? You have not even begun to understand what God can do in your family relationships until you realize that He will build you up. If you want some specifics of what He will do, read and make application of verse 3. “He healeth the broken in heart, and […]

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Building Up (Part 1 of 2) – Psalm 147:2 November 16th

How are you doing on building your family? This psalm has a most amazing application. Read the following verse and see what kind of application you can make. “The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel” (v. 2). The primary meaning of this verse certainly applies to the Jews. Jerusalem […]

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Praise – Psalm 147:1 November 15th

Why should anyone praise the Lord? Somewhere you have probably seen the advice, “Live every day as if it is your last.” This is good advice, but how do you do this? The best suggestion for such a situation was given by David when he wrote, “Praise ye the LORD” (v. 1). A person’s dying […]

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The Lord Reigns – Psalm 146:8–10 November 14th

What kind of problems do you have? A better question than the above one is “What kind of problems do you think you have?” David wrote, “The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD” (v. 10). If you really believe that your God reigns over […]

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Food and Freedom – Psalm 146:5–7 November 13th

What does it take to make you happy? David understood what was required to bring real happiness. He wrote, “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God” (v. 5). Make sure that God is your “help” and “hope”! A help in understanding this […]

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Misplaced Trust – Psalm 146:3, 4 November 12th

Who can you really trust? As you read verse 3, it makes you wonder what had happened in David’s life that left him discouraged and untrusting of everyone. He wrote, “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help” (v. 3). He had obviously been disappointed […]

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Procrastination – Psalm 146:1, 2 November 11th

How have you praised God today? “Never put off until tomorrow, what you can do today.” Satan, the master deceiver will try to get you to procrastinate doing anything that God wants you to do. He will especially try to cause you to avoid praising the Lord. David began this psalm with a double statement, […]

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Three Promises – Psalm 145:17–21 November 10th

Why should you praise the Lord? If you have trusted in Jesus as your Savior, you should be able to join David in declaring, “My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever” (v. 21). A general statement as to why you should […]

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“I Need Thee Ev’ry Hour” – Psalm 145:14–16 November 9th

How often do you need the Lord? Fanny Crosby clearly understood how much she needed the Lord and she worded it in a very special way. I need Thee ev’ry hour, Most gracious Lord; No tender voice like Thine Can peace afford. I need Thee, O I need Thee, Ev’ry hour I need Thee! O […]

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God’s Kingdom – Psalm 145:10–13 November 8th

What is most amazing about God’s works? There is a lot more of God’s kingdom that is unseen than there is that is seen. You may be impressed and even spiritually moved when you gaze at parts of God’s creation such as the Grand Canyon. It is beautiful and should remind anyone of God’s mighty […]

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Compassion – Psalm 145:8, 9 November 7th

When do you most need God’s compassion? David revealed a lot about his emotions as he wrote many of the Psalms. He did not write them in the form of a journal and describe what was happening at the time he wrote each one. However, the lessons to be learned are more valuable because they […]

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Spiritual Memoirs – Psalm 145:4–7 November 6th

What do others know about your thoughts? Many times death comes suddenly, without any warning. Everyone knows that they will die someday, and most people intend to take care of some matters before they die, but people often delay taking care of important matters until it is too late. If you knew you had only […]

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Eternal Praise – Psalm 145:1–3 November 5th

Why and how do you praise God? Do some self-examination by asking yourself some serious questions: •   When was the last time you really praised God? •   Why did you praise Him? •   Was your praise because He had done something for you? •   Do you know how to praise Him just because of who […]

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Happiness Is . . . – Psalm 144:11–15 November 4th

What do you need to be happy? Deception is the greatest hindrance to happiness. People in all parts of the world are suffering emotional and spiritual problems because they are deceived. Satan uses lies and deception as his primary tool to destroy those whom God wants to redeem. It is very appropriate to pray and […]

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A New Song – Psalm 144:9, 10 November 3rd

What kind of song do you sing to God? Don’t ever say, “Oh, I can’t sing!” Notice David’s promise in the following verses. “I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee. It is he that giveth salvation unto […]

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A Matter of Perspective – Psalm 144:5–8 November 2nd

How do you react to natural calamities? Primitive people have usually described natural calamities by saying that the gods are angry. Many people have gone through all kinds of rituals and sacrifices to try appeasing their gods. How do you think you would react in a severe earthquake, major flood, or volcanic eruption? Calamities can […]

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Life – Psalm 144:3, 4 November 1st

What is really important about your life? Job may have had a distorted view of life because of all the sorrows he experienced. However, he wrote a real truth, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he […]

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Your Refuge – Psalm 144:1, 2 October 31st

What causes you to need a refuge? A certain hospital chaplain uses Psalm 46:1 to offer comfort to patients more than any other verse in the Bible. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Most patients are very grateful for this consolation. Hospital patients are involved in their own health […]

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For His Name’s Sake – Psalm 143:11, 12 October 30th

Are you struggling with something? Why? There are many reasons that hospital patients need to be “revived.” The most serious cases may need CPR. Others may need a respirator to help them breathe. Some need more oxygen. Others just need some time to allow anesthesia to wear off. All of these need some changes in […]

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Enemies – Psalm 143:9, 10 October 29th

Who is your greatest enemy? Why? A military general once sent a message, “We have found the enemy, and he is within us.” An important part of military tactics is that you must know your enemy. You must learn what he looks like, how he thinks, and how he will react to any given situation. […]

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Heartsick – Psalm 143:7, 8 October 28th

What do you do when your spirit is down? Some people think that a real believer cannot or should not ever allow their spirits to be “down.” However, it happens, and it may be difficult to discover the reason. Some possible reasons are: physical sickness, emotional stress, or being too busy. In parts of Africa, […]

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“The Good Old Days” – Psalm 143:5, 6 October 27th

When was the best time in your life? Why? Memories are valuable possessions. It is even valuable to think about bad memories. You may have made some wrong decisions in the past that you wish you could change. These kinds of memories are the ones that are most easily remembered. In fact they seem to […]

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Know Your Enemy – Psalm 143:3, 4 October 26th

Do you know who your enemy is? It is important that you know who your enemy is, as well as understand his strength. Someone said, “All is fair in love and war.” A better statement would be, “All is fair in hate and war.” All believers/followers of Jesus Christ are caught in the middle of […]

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Looking for an Answer? – Psalm 143:1, 2 October 25th

How do you know God will answer your call? A very sincere man asked for some counsel. He was considering a major change in the life of his family. It would involve a change in location, as well as other major adjustments. He honestly said, “I just want to know what God wants me to […]

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Confidence in the Lord – Psalm 142:5–7 October 24th

How sure is the source of your confidence? A story is told of a man who fell off a very high cliff. As he fell, he instinctively grasped a small tree that was growing out of a crack in the cliff. He saw that the roots were quickly pulling out and that he would fall […]

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Difficult Times – Psalm 142:3, 4 October 23rd

What do you do when “no one cares”? God never promised His children that life would be like a garden filled with beautiful roses (without any thorns). You may be thinking this, but still can’t understand why life is so difficult. It is possible to become so discouraged you think that no one cares about […]

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Troubled Times – Psalm 142:1, 2 October 22nd

What do you do when in serious trouble? Do you ever get the “mullygrubs”? Don’t bother looking for this word in the dictionary. You will not likely find it, but just the sound of the word helps to define it. This involves a nagging feeling that something is not right, but you don’t know what […]

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Escape – Psalm 141:8–10 October 21st

Where is your focus? Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). Do you have any idols in your life? You can determine the answer to this question by determining what your heart is focused upon. An examination of […]

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Need Any Help? – Psalm 141:5–7 October 20th

What kind of help do you really need? There are many kinds of human relationships. Some are the result of birth, and others are formed by choice. An intimate relationship with someone who will be a real friend is a most valued possession. The wise man Solomon wrote, “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth […]

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Uncontrollable – Psalm 141:3, 4 October 19th

Why is it so difficult to control your words? David prayed something that every person needs to pray very often. He prayed, “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips” (v. 3). You can cause (and experience) many problems because of the words you say—more than any other way. […]

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Two Kinds of Prayer – Psalm 141:1, 2 October 18th

Are your prayers urgent, continuous, or both? David began this psalm by writing about two kinds of prayers. First of all, he wrote about urgent prayers. “LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee” (v. 1). He did not describe what the urgency was, […]

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Truth and Freedom – Psalm 140:12, 13 October 17th

What truth do you know for sure? What is the truth that brings freedom? Jesus began His first public message that was written down, by saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). Many years before Jesus began His public ministry, David wrote, “I know that the […]

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Judgment – Psalm 140:9–11 October 16th

When should you pray for God’s judgment? Be very careful about this subject. The Bible says, “Avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19). You should even be very careful about praying for God to bring judgment upon other […]

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