On My Heart Devotional
graciously gives us everything we need for life and godliness.
our spiritual journey we rely on Jesus Christ from beginning to the
very end. Everything comes from God. Christian
is simply following Jesus and receiving from Him. My prayer
that you will be encouraged by these devotionals and random thoughts.
Reflections on a few Psalms
thing I ask
of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the
the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek
him in his
temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
hide me high upon a rock. Psalm 27: 4-5 (NIV)
I remember one
of the Sunday school teachers I had very well. I don’t remember any of
lessons but I do remember Mrs. Davison. I remember her because she
her students and loved Jesus. She was always talking about the things
prayed for and how God answered. Every week she told us about specific
to her prayers. She prayed about everything. She prayed for parking
purchases, her family, direction, what to wear, where to go and what to
do. Prayer was natural for her (like breathing), she prayed about
never thought about praying for.
One day Mrs. D
mentioned that she prayed daily for each of us, her students. I
that out of my mind. I knew she meant it. I knew she was actually
me and my friends.
God used Mrs. D
to show me that God is real, alive and active. She was constantly aware
presence. She helped me see the beauty and wonder of the Lord Jesus.
King David was
preoccupied with the person of God. He wanted to be close to God, see
appreciate God’s beauty. His priority was to seek God’s face. The one
asked God for was to enjoy the constant presence of God. He wanted to
to God, see and appreciate His beauty.
In the day of
trouble the enemies of our soul are powerless before a Savior like our
pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul
for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42: 1-2
extremely thirsty. It is always refreshing to finally get a drink of
There have also been times when I’ve asked, “Where is God?” I wanted to
from God but experienced nothing but silence.
The writer of
Psalm 42 is in deep distress. He is in tears. His enemies mock him.
better times only increases the pain. He wants again to experience the
refreshing presence of God. He is like a deer being chased by a
predator whose mouth is dry. The deer’s need for water is desperate. In
same way the writer’s thirst for God is intense.
downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God,
will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:5) The most
conversations we have are often the conversations we have with
writer of Psalm 42 prayed honestly, cried, talked to himself and
himself of God’s character.
Faith and hope
argue with fear and sorrow in our mind. In this case faith and hope in
living God win. God is trustworthy; grace gives us hope. When distress
overwhelming there are sound reasons to trust in God, who never changes.
God, you are
my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs
in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the
sanctuary and beheld your glory. Because your love is better than life,
will glorify you.
Psalm 63: 1-3 (NIV)
When I am
dealing with problems, loneliness or sorrow my soul can become dry,
weary. My greatest need is God.
introduction to this Psalm says, “A Psalm of David when he was in the
wilderness of Judah.” David has had to flee for his life. He is tired
weary; there is no relief. He is thirsty. There is no water. David has
experienced God’s power and glory in the past and this encourages him.
situation gives him a deep thirst for God. He cannot get God out of his
God’s love is better than life.
The answer to
my spiritual dryness and weariness is found in God. The problems we
real but God is more real. He is not a stranger. He is near to us. He
compassionate. He cares. He is the lover of my soul.
soul will be
satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will
Psalm 63: 5.
day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a
the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Psalm 84:10 (NIV)
There are some
Sundays when I am tempted to skip church. It may be because I’m tired,
discouraged or I just don’t want to be around people. But I go to
I’ve been going
to church and Sunday school every week since I was child. I don’t think
about it. It’s a deeply ingrained habit. I take it for granted.
Every week when
I attend a worship service I pray, meditate, listen to God’s Word read,
confess, sing praises and remember the life, death and resurrection of
a part of the service. Every week I am reminded of the gospel and my
Christ. I look around and see others worshiping, just like me. No
has happened during the rest of the week, God graciously provides me
I need to keep my heart from becoming hard.
When I am
spiritually “dry” I still pray, listen to God’s Word, confess and think
God’s goodness when I attend church. I am encouraged in my walk with
find myself praying in church when it seems impossible to pray. Others
me when I can’t. I find myself confessing sin and repenting when I
planning on it. I might not have picked up my Bible or prayed all week,
heart is softened when I hear God’s Word read. I am reminded of
and experience His grace in the Lord’s Supper. I see others around me
know that I am not alone.
your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for
courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84:
The church is
God’s lovely and gracious gift to us.
the depths I cry to you, O God; O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be
attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O
who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are
wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.
I avoid thinking about my own sin. I reason that I'm not as
bad as most
other people. I'm a good guy. So why sweat it?
The writer of Psalm 130 asks a very powerful question: If
you, O Lord, kept
a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? If God did keep a
record of sin,
then there would be no hope for us. That is the real problem we face.
all answerable to God. The real reason I avoid thinking about my sin is
sin and I don't like to think about it. It would be a very long
record. Sin permeates my thoughts, motives and actions every
day. Even the
good I do is tainted by sin.
Thankfully, with God there is forgiveness. Because
of God's unfailing
love there is complete forgiveness and full redemption in Jesus Christ.
amazing redeemer, Jesus Christ, has set us free. All our sin has been
Thinking about my sin and confessing it actually reminds me of God's
love. God turns something I don't want to think about into something
What are You Thinking About?
Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit down
when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going
my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on
you know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in - behind and before; you
laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too
me to attain. Psalm 139: 1-6 (NIV)
My wife, Anne, knows me better than anyone else. Many times she knows
what I am thinking or what I'm about to say. Sometimes she asks me
are you thinking about?" There are definitely times I don't
answer that question. I don't always want to admit what I am
about. It can be embarrassing. My thoughts can be selfish,
strange, foolish or sinful. There are times when it is best for me not
what I am actually thinking.
God does know what we are thinking all the time. He knows everything
He knows our thoughts. He knows when we sit down and when we stand up.
every word that we speak before we even say them. He knows our past; he
our future. He knows us intimately and completely. No one knows us
My love for Anne is deepened because she knows me so well
- the bad, the
good and the ugly. I am often amazed that someone who knows me so
The amazing thing about God knowing me completely is that His knowledge
me comfort, peace and confidence. Nothing about us will ever surprise
sees all of our life. No hidden sin or unexpected weakness will ever
the surface to that will surprise Him or disillusion Him. He knows me
intimately and completely and He still loves me. It is wonderful.
exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name forever and ever.
Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.
Great is the
Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One
will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.
will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will
your wonderful works. They will tell of the power of your awesome
works, and I
will proclaim your great deeds. They will celebrate your abundant
joyfully sing of your righteousness. Psalm 145: 1-7 (NIV)
There are many days when praising God is not easy for me. When I'm
mind strays to my to-do list. I think of friends who are battling
cancer or who
are deeply hurting, experiencing tragedy and loss. I read or listen to
and it seems like the world is falling apart. It is easy to think of
pray about. It's not easy for me to focus on God and his glory.
Psalm 145 is an acrostic Psalm. Each verse begins with a new letter of
Hebrew alphabet. God's glory and greatness are revealed everywhere,
from A to
Z. There are a lot of reasons to praise and exalt God. His creation
his glory. God's power, might, faithfulness, compassion, love,
grace is evident all around us. This Pslam reminds me that there is a
lot of God's goodness to celebrate! I can't even begin to list
reasons there are to praise God. He is definitely worthy of praise and
My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise
name for ever and ever. Psalm 145: 21
upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The
sets the prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the lord
those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord
the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates
of the wicked. Psalm 146: 7-9 (NIV)
Have you ever said "I'm starving!"? I have. I wasn't close to
actually starving (I never have been) but I was hungry and looking
eating a good meal.
When I was in Mozambique and Malawi I heard African Christians talk
"hunger season." I found out that hunger season is the time of year
when crops have been planted but are not yet ready to harvest. Most of
previous harvest has been consumed. There are food shortages
and any food
there is in the market is very expensive. During "hunger season" it
is common for people to live on just 3 or 4 meals a week.
This Psalm gives comfort to the hungry and the oppressed. It encourages
I see oppression and people in need. God cares deeply about the
hungry, prisoners, refugees, the fatherless and widows.
Psalm 146 also says that God loves the righteous.
That's a BIG problem.
I am not righteous. Fortunately, God provides what we most need.
righteous one, died for my unrighteousness. We have been given the
righteousness of Jesus Christ. Because of Christ we experience God's
"I delight greatly in the Lord: my soul rejoices in God. For
clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns
with her jewels." Isaiah 61:10
I also experienced joyful worship in Malawi and Mozambique. I saw
rejoicing and celebrating God's mercy, grace and love. They understood
Christ had clothed them in His righteousness.
to come soon....
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