As We Have Heard, So We Have Seen

Reading the Word Psalm 48:1–8 (ESV) 1 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain, 2 beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King. 3 Within her citadels God has made himself known as a fortress. 4 For behold, the kings assembled; they came on together. 5 As soon as they saw it, they were astounded; they were in panic; they took to flight. 6 Trembling took hold of them there, anguish as of a woman … Continue reading As We Have Heard, So We Have Seen

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Sing Praises to Our King

Reading the Word Psalm 47:4–9 (ESV) 4 He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah5 God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. 6 Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! 7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! 8 God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. 9 The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to … Continue reading Sing Praises to Our King

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Clap Your Hands, All Peoples

Thank you for reading Shaped by the Word. This is a daily devotional committed to reading God’s word each day. In 2018, we are reading through the Book of Psalms together. Please subscribe to this page if you would like to follow along. I do not publish devotional material on Sundays, but I do include a suggested reading for the day, which you will find below. Reading the Word Psalm 47:1–3 (ESV) 1 Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! 2 For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king … Continue reading Clap Your Hands, All Peoples

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Be Still and Know

Reading the Word Psalm 46:6–11 (ESV) 6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. 10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 11 … Continue reading Be Still and Know

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A Very Present Help in Trouble

Reading the Word Psalm 46:1–5 (ESV) 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. Understanding and Applying the Word … Continue reading A Very Present Help in Trouble

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The King’s Bride

Reading the Word Psalm 45:10–17 (ESV) 10 Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear: forget your people and your father’s house, 11 and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him. 12 The people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts, the richest of the people. 13 All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold. 14 In many-colored robes she is led to the king, with her virgin companions following behind her. 15 With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace … Continue reading The King’s Bride

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Your Throne, O God, Is Forever

Reading the Word Psalm 45:1–9 (ESV) 1 My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. 2 You are the most handsome of the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever. 3 Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one, in your splendor and majesty! 4 In your majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your right hand teach you awesome deeds! 5 Your arrows are sharp in the … Continue reading Your Throne, O God, Is Forever

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Suffering for Your Sake, O God

Reading the Word Psalm 44:17–26 (ESV) 17 All this has come upon us, though we have not forgotten you, and we have not been false to your covenant. 18 Our heart has not turned back, nor have our steps departed from your way; 19 yet you have broken us in the place of jackals and covered us with the shadow of death. 20 If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, 21 would not God discover this? For he knows the secrets of the heart. 22 Yet for your sake … Continue reading Suffering for Your Sake, O God

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Opening Our Hearts in Prayer

Reading the Word Psalm 44:9–16 (ESV) 9 But you have rejected us and disgraced us and have not gone out with our armies. 10 You have made us turn back from the foe, and those who hate us have gotten spoil. 11 You have made us like sheep for slaughter and have scattered us among the nations. 12 You have sold your people for a trifle, demanding no high price for them. 13 You have made us the taunt of our neighbors, the derision and scorn of those around us. 14 You have made us a byword among the nations, … Continue reading Opening Our Hearts in Prayer

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Not by Sword

Shaped by the Word is a daily Bible reading devotional. I do not publish devotional content on Sundays, but I do include a suggested reading for the day. In 2018, we are reading through the Book of Psalms together. If you have not already done so, please subscribe to this page so you can read along. Have a great Easter Sunday. He is risen! Reading the Word Psalm 44:1–8 (ESV) 1 O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old: 2 you with your … Continue reading Not by Sword

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