The Unrepentant

Reading the Word Psalm 7:12–17 (ESV) 12 If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow; 13 he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts. 14 Behold, the wicked man conceives evil and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies. 15 He makes a pit, digging it out, and falls into the hole that he has made. 16 His mischief returns upon his own head, and on his own skull his violence descends. 17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to … Continue reading The Unrepentant

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Arise, O Lord

Reading the Word Psalm 7:6–11 (ESV) 6 Arise, O Lord, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies; awake for me; you have appointed a judgment. 7 Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you; over it return on high. 8 The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me. 9 Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end, and may you establish the righteous— you who test the minds and hearts, O righteous God! 10 My shield … Continue reading Arise, O Lord

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The Cry of the Innocent

Reading the Word Psalm 7:1–5 (ESV) 1 O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers and deliver me, 2 lest like a lion they tear my soul apart, rending it in pieces, with none to deliver. 3 O Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands, 4 if I have repaid my friend with evil or plundered my enemy without cause, 5 let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it, and let him trample my life to the ground and lay my glory in … Continue reading The Cry of the Innocent

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How Long, Lord?

Reading the Word Psalm 6:1–10 (ESV) 1 O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath. 2 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled. 3 My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O Lord—how long? 4 Turn, O Lord, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love. 5 For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise? 6 I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with … Continue reading How Long, Lord?

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Taking Refuge in You

Shaped by the Word is a daily weekday devotional. I do not publish devotional comments on the weekend, but I do publish daily reading suggestions. Please take a moment to follow along and share by using the links and buttons below this post. Reading the Word Psalm 5:7–12 (ESV) 7 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you. 8 Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me. 9 For there is no truth … Continue reading Taking Refuge in You

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Give Ear to My Words

Shaped by the Word is a daily weekday devotional. I do not publish devotional comments on the weekend, but I do publish daily reading suggestions. Please take a moment to follow along and share by using the links and buttons below this post. Reading the Word Psalm 5:1–6 (ESV) 1 Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning. 2 Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. 3 O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and … Continue reading Give Ear to My Words

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In Peace I Lie Down and Sleep

Reading the Word Psalm 4:1–8 (ESV) 1 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer! 2 O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah3 But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. 4 Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah5 Offer right … Continue reading In Peace I Lie Down and Sleep

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A Shield About Me

Reading the Word Psalm 3:1–8 (ESV) 1 O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; 2 many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. 4 I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah5 I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. … Continue reading A Shield About Me

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Kiss the Son

Reading the Word Psalm 2:5–12 (ESV) 5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, 6 “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” 7 I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” 10 Now therefore, … Continue reading Kiss the Son

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The Nations Rage

Reading the Word Psalm 2:1–4 (ESV) 1 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, 3 “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” 4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Understanding and Applying the Word This psalm is classified as a royal psalm because its central focus is on the kingship. This psalm was used for the coronation of Israel’s kings who … Continue reading The Nations Rage

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