The Lord Is My Rock

Reading the Word Psalm 18:1–3 (ESV) 1 I love you, O LORD, my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. Understanding and Applying the Word The Lord is our rock. He is our strength. He is our fortress. He is our refuge. Whatever trouble may come to us, whatever difficulties we face, we can find our … Continue reading The Lord Is My Rock

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Deliver Me, O Lord

  Reading the Word Psalm 140:1–13 (ESV) 1 Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, 2 who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually. 3 They make their tongue sharp as a serpent’s, and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah 4 Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have planned to trip up my feet. 5 The arrogant have hidden a trap for me, and with cords they have spread a net; beside the way they have set snares … Continue reading Deliver Me, O Lord

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He Is Their Help and Shield

  Reading the Word Psalm 115:9–18 (ESV) 9 O Israel, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield. 10 O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield. 11 You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield. 12 The Lord has remembered us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron; 13 he will bless those who fear the Lord, both the small and the great. 14 May the Lord give you increase, … Continue reading He Is Their Help and Shield

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He Brought His People Out with Joy

  I will be out of town for the next few days and will not be able to post devotional content. However, I have scheduled for a daily Scripture reading to publish each day I am away. Daily devotional thoughts will return on Monday, October 1. Thanks for reading! If you have not already done so, subscribe to this page and join us each day as we read through the Book of Psalms in 2018. Reading the Word Psalm 105:43–45 (ESV) 43 So he brought his people out with joy, his chosen ones with singing. 44 And he gave them … Continue reading He Brought His People Out with Joy

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The Lord Provides

I will be out of town for the next few days and will not be able to post devotional content. However, I have scheduled for a daily Scripture reading to publish each day I am away. Daily devotional thoughts will return on Monday, October 1. Thanks for reading! If you have not already done so, subscribe to this page and join us each day as we read through the Book of Psalms in 2018. Reading the Word Psalm 105:37–42 (ESV) 37 Then he brought out Israel with silver and gold, and there was none among his tribes who stumbled. 38 … Continue reading The Lord Provides

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The Lord’s Plans

Reading the Word Psalm 105:23–25 (ESV) 23 Then Israel came to Egypt; Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham. 24 And the Lord made his people very fruitful and made them stronger than their foes. 25 He turned their hearts to hate his people, to deal craftily with his servants. Understanding and Applying the Word Jacob and his family traveled to Egypt to escape famine. Little did the family know they would not be leaving Egypt for many years after arriving. They would become slaves in the land. This means they had left the Promised Land behind to escape the … Continue reading The Lord’s Plans

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The Lord’s Protection

  Shaped by the Word is devoted to encouraging others to read the Bible every day. If you would like to read along with us, please subscribe to this page. We are reading through the Psalms in 2018. I only include a portion of Scripture on Sundays. All other days include a Scripture reading and a short devotional. Thanks for reading! Reading the Word Psalm 105:12–15 (ESV) 12 When they were few in number, of little account, and sojourners in it, 13 wandering from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people, 14 he allowed no one to oppress … Continue reading The Lord’s Protection

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In the Shelter of the Most High

  Reading the Word Psalm 91:1–4 (ESV) 1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. Understanding and Applying the Word In these verses, we find imagery and titles for God that … Continue reading In the Shelter of the Most High

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In the Time of Old Age

Shaped by the Word is a daily Bible reading devotional. I do not publish devotional material on Sundays, but I do include a suggested reading for the day. Please be sure to subscribe to this page so you can read through the Book of Psalms with us in 2018. Reading the Word Psalm 71:7–18 (ESV) 7 I have been as a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge. 8 My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day. 9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not … Continue reading In the Time of Old Age

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