Let the Righteous Rejoice in the Lord

  Reading the Word Psalm 64:7–10 (ESV) 7 But God shoots his arrow at them; they are wounded suddenly. 8 They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them; all who see them will wag their heads. 9 Then all mankind fears; they tell what God has brought about and ponder what he has done. 10 Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him! Let all the upright in heart exult! Understanding and Applying the Word The world can often seem unfair and even cruel. Wicked and evil people seem to get … Continue reading Let the Righteous Rejoice in the Lord

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The Secret Plots of the Wicked

  Reading the Word Psalm 64:1–6 (ESV) 1 Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; preserve my life from dread of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the throng of evildoers, 3 who whet their tongues like swords, who aim bitter words like arrows, 4 shooting from ambush at the blameless, shooting at him suddenly and without fear. 5 They hold fast to their evil purpose; they talk of laying snares secretly, thinking, “Who can see them?” 6 They search out injustice, saying, “We have accomplished a diligent search.” For the inward … Continue reading The Secret Plots of the Wicked

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All Who Swear by Him Shall Exult

Reading the Word Psalm 63:9–11 (ESV) 9 But those who seek to destroy my life shall go down into the depths of the earth; 10 they shall be given over to the power of the sword; they shall be a portion for jackals. 11 But the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by him shall exult, for the mouths of liars will be stopped. Understanding and Applying the Word In these words, we read David’s confidence that God would defeat his enemies. David is the king of verse 11 and he mentions that God’s deliverance would result in … Continue reading All Who Swear by Him Shall Exult

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You Have Been My Help

Reading the Word Psalm 63:5–8 (ESV) 5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, 6 when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; 7 for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. 8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. Understanding and Applying the Word Life can be a roller coaster. In the heat of the moment we can feel fear and loneliness when things … Continue reading You Have Been My Help

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My Soul Thirsts for You

Reading the Word Psalm 63:1–4 (ESV) 1 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. 3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. 4 So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. Understanding and Applying the Word Have you ever been thirsty? Really thirsty? … Continue reading My Soul Thirsts for You

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But a Breath

  Thank you for reading Shaped by the Word. This is a daily Bible reading devotional. I do not publish devotional content on Sundays, but I do include a suggested Scripture reading, which you will find below. Please be sure to subscribe to this page and follow along as we read through the Book of Psalms in 2018. Reading the Word Psalm 62:9–12 (ESV) 9 Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath. 10 Put no trust in extortion; set … Continue reading But a Breath

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Trust in Him at All Times

Reading the Word Psalm 62:5–8 (ESV) 5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 7 On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. 8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah Understanding and Applying the Word In times of trouble, it is God alone that we wait for. Notice how David describes God as he … Continue reading Trust in Him at All Times

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For God Alone My Soul Waits

Reading the Word Psalm 62:1–4 (ESV) 1 For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. 3 How long will all of you attack a man to batter him, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence? 4 They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. Selah Understanding and Applying the Word When faced with trouble we can face it in different ways. … Continue reading For God Alone My Soul Waits

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From the Ends of the Earth

Reading the Word Psalm 61:1–8 (ESV) 1 Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; 2 from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, 3 for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. 4 Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah5 For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. 6 Prolong the life of the … Continue reading From the Ends of the Earth

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Valiantly with God

Thank you for reading Shaped by the Word. This is a daily Bible reading devotional meant to encourage the regular reading of God’s word. In 2018 we are reading through the Book of Psalms. If you have not done so already, please subscribe to this page so you can follow along each day. I am out of town at a conference on May 6-9 and will not be posting devotional content on those days, but I will continue to post suggested reading for each day. Reading the Word Psalm 60:6–12 (ESV) 6 God has spoken in his holiness: “With exultation … Continue reading Valiantly with God

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