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June 8 – July 7 (30 days); due April 20:   Jun 8—What’s Your Motive? Read Proverbs 21 Proverbs 21:1 teaches that the hearts of the rulers of this world are under the sovereign control of our God. What comfort! Not only are the hearts of kings open to him, however: “Every way of a […]

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Devotional April 8—May 7   April 8—“I am Prayer” Read Psalm 109 How do we reconcile Scripture’s command to love our enemies with Psalm 109’s seemingly vindictive tone? Notice, David does love these wicked, but they return evil for his good and hatred for his love (vv. 4–5). Likewise, our enemies must not be people […]

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February 8—March 7 (28 days)   February 8—From Communion to Conquer Read 2 Samuel 8 We read in 2 Samuel 7 that the Lord gave David “rest round about from all his enemies.” During that time of rest, the prophet Nathan brought David Jehovah’s word, and David spent time in prayer. Now chapter 8 begins, […]

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Dec. 8 – Hear! Hear! Hear! Read Psalm 81 Psalm 81 seems more familiar when one calls to mind the first stanzas of its only versification in our Psalter: #222.  “Now to God, our Strength and Savior, render praise and loudly sing,” and, “Let the trumpet, far resounding, this our festal day proclaim…”  This psalm […]

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Oct. 8 – A Tragic Day Read 1 Samuel 4 Proverbs 19:3 declares, “The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.”  Thus was the case when the Philistines smote Israel.  Israel’s sin led to their defeat, but instead of repenting, they grumble: “Wherefore hath the Lord smitten us today […]

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June 8 – Vow and Pay Read Leviticus 27 The principle throughout Leviticus 27 is this: if one vowed to dedicate someone or something to Jehovah and then changed his mind, he was required to pay the value of the offering plus 20 (one-fifth) percent interest to redeem it.  (God does not value the souls […]

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Exodus 5–35   April 7 – Two Lessons Read Exodus 5 The moment of truth has arrived.  Moses and Aaron appear before Pharaoh with Jehovah’s command, “Let my people go.”  They a ramification to their request: “lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword” (v. 3c).  Calvin suggests that “the threatening, which […]

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February 8 – Wisdom Without Price Read Job 28 Last August our family camped in the Rocky Mountains.  As we drove to a trailhead one afternoon, intending to hike to a nearby waterfall, we passed a gaping hole in the side of a mountain.  Aha!  This must be the gold mine that a camp volunteer […]

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December 8 – Go to God in Prayer Read Psalm 142 1 Samuel 22 records the time that David hid from Saul and the Philistine king Achish in the cave of Adullam.  1 Samuel 24 recounts the time that he fled from Saul to a cave in the wilderness of Engedi, the same cave his […]

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Dear Daily Press readers, Shortly before I submitted this month’s devotionals for publication, Ben Laning and I realized that we had miscommunicated regarding which psalms we would be writing on each month. As a result, we have overlapped in our study of several psalms in the past, and this month I wrote meditations for three […]

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My Country

My country ’tis of Thee, Who telleth the number of the stars.­­ And with Thy stripes we are healed. Absolved from all allegiance to sin, we, the pilgrims, seek a more perfect city. Declare independence: where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, secured for ourselves and our posterity. O death, where is […]

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Psalms 72–80 April 8—A Prayer for the King Read Psalm 72 The heading of Psalm 72 reads, “A Psalm for Solomon,” but many commentators agree that Solomon actually wrote the psalm.  The prayer is David’s, but Solomon, the son for whom he prays, pens the prayer as his father lies on his deathbed. The psalm […]

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February 7—Doeg and David Read 1 Sam. 21: 1–7 and 1 Sam. 22: 6–23 Psalm 52’s lengthy heading reads: “To the chief Muscian, Maschil, a Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech.”  In the passages that we read for […]

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December 8—Christ, the Wisdom of God Read Proverbs 8:22–36 If you were given the task of arranging the passages of scripture in chronological order—not in the order in which they were inspired and written down, but with regard to their content—you could put Proverbs 8:22–31 near the very beginning of your list.  Christ, the power […]

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November 8—Wisdom Cries Read Proverbs 8:1–21 Throughout Proverbs, wisdom is personified, and wisdom speaks.  Wisdom is an attribute of God, his “knowledge of all things and his wonderful ability to do all things for his own glory” (Doctrine According to Godliness).  The Hebrew word for wisdom is feminine: that’s why wisdom is personified as a […]

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October 8—Destruction’s Pit Read Psalm 40: 1–2 Imagine you are walking through mud so thick and deep that you can hardly walk.  Your feet skid and sink, and the heavy mud cakes on your shoes until you lose them altogether: they stay stuck when you wrench your feet free. Now imagine you’re staggering through mud […]

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September 8 – Don’t Fret Read Psalm 37:1-11 Psalm 37 is another acrostic psalm.  It contains eight precepts, six of which are found in verses 1—8.  The psalm begins with this two-part command: Do not fret because of evildoers: do not envy them.  The sixth precept, which is found in verse 8, is similar: “Cease […]

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August 8—The Bread of Life Read John 6:22­­­­–63 When we’re physically sick, it’s sometimes wise to refrain from eating for a little while until our health improves.  That’s not the case when we’re spiritually ill, however.  When we find that we have no appetite for God’s word, we must not fast from Bible study or […]

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July 8 – Love for the Lord’s House Read Psalm 27:1–6 When he was a young man, David lived as a vagabond in the wilderness, fleeing from wicked King Saul.  When he was king, frequent wars took him away from his home in Jerusalem.  Yet none of his troubles grieved him more than his absence […]

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June 8 – Answered Prayer Read Psalm 21 Psalm 21, like Psalm 20, was written by David and again refers to “the king” in the third person.  In Psalm 20 the people prayed, “The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble…and…grant thee according to thine own heart.”  In Psalm 21 they exclaim, “Thou hast […]

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May 8—Anointed to be a King As long as we are on earth, we are kings at war.  Today’s devotional is in the form of a poem about that war:   Within each one of God’s elect a fearsome war doth rage. There is a side who seeks for God: the other would that love […]

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April 8 – Study to Show Yourself Approved Read 2 Timothy 2:1–15 The Holy Spirit is the person of the Trinity about whom I prepare myself to write meditations.  Study—study to show myself approved unto God, a workman who rightly divides the word of truth.  That was the Spirit’s instruction to Timothy, a young pastor. […]

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March 8 – He Has Dealt Bountifully With Me Read Psalm 13 You’ve likely heard the saying “Prayer changes things.”  Some who use that slogan conceive of God as a genie and prayer as the rubbing of a magical lamp.  Psalm 13 is a prayer of David, and it’s a prayer that does change things: […]

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February 8—God is Love Read 1 John 4:7–21 As a mother of small children, I don’t get out much.  When I do, I’m usually grocery shopping.  This time of the year, roses and chocolates crowd the entrance of our grocery store, and hearts dangle above the aisles.  The glamorous celebrities whose faces adorn the magazines […]

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January 1—Good Children are Happy Children Read Psalm 1 I sometimes remind my children: “Good children are happy children.”  When they are obedient and kind, their conscience is at peace with God, and our home is a pleasant place to be.  When they choose to disobey or act selfishly, not only do they feel troubled […]

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