Better Is One Day in Your Courts

Reading the Word Psalm 84:9–12 (ESV) 9 Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed! 10 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you! Understanding and Applying the Word There is a well-known … Continue reading Better Is One Day in Your Courts

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The Pilgrimage to God

  Reading the Word Psalm 84:5–8 (ESV) 5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. 6 As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. 7 They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion. 8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah Understanding and Applying the Word The words in these verses describe a pilgrimage to the temple. The opening verses (vv. 1-4) described … Continue reading The Pilgrimage to God

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Longing for the Presence of God

Reading the Word Psalm 84:1–4 (ESV) 1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! 2 My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. 3 Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. 4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah Understanding and Applying the Word In these verses, the psalmist speaks about beauty of … Continue reading Longing for the Presence of God

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Our Inheritance

Reading the Word Psalm 69:34–36 (ESV) 34 Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moves in them. 35 For God will save Zion and build up the cities of Judah, and people shall dwell there and possess it; 36 the offspring of his servants shall inherit it, and those who love his name shall dwell in it. Understanding and Applying the Word When we come to the end of this psalm, David calls on all of creation to sing praises to God. Why? Because God’s salvation belongs to all who love His name. The offspring of … Continue reading Our Inheritance

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The Futures of the Wicked and the Righteous

  Thank you for reading each day at Shaped by the Word. I do not publish devotional content on Sundays, but I do include a suggested reading for the day. If you have not already done so, please subscribe to this page so you can follow along as we read through the Book of Psalms in 2018. Reading the Word Psalm 37:35–40 (ESV) 35 I have seen a wicked, ruthless man, spreading himself like a green laurel tree. 36 But he passed away, and behold, he was no more; though I sought him, he could not be found. 37 Mark … Continue reading The Futures of the Wicked and the Righteous

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The Lord Is Near to the Brokenhearted

Reading the Word Psalm 34:17–22 (ESV) 17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. 18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. 20 He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. 21 Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. 22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will … Continue reading The Lord Is Near to the Brokenhearted

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Wait for the Lord

Reading the Word Psalm 27:7–14 (ESV) 7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! 8 You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” 9 Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation! 10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in. 11 Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on … Continue reading Wait for the Lord

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All Things New

Reading the Word Revelation 21:1–8 (ESV) 1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 … Continue reading All Things New

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