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  • The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms
  • Timothy Keller
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  • 26 September 2018
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    Each devotion in The Songs of Jesus begins with a portion of the Psalms sometimes an entire psalm, but never than a dozen verses , a devotional thought of about 150 words, and a short prayer These prayers, should be seen as on ramps, not as complete prayers The reader should follow the trajectory of the prayers and keep going, filling each prayer out with personal particulars, as well as always praying in Jesus s name John 14 13 The Kellers recommend using the devotional three ways 1 The simplest way is to read the psalm and the meditation slowly, and then use the prayer to begin praying the psalm yourself.2 The second way to use the devotional is to take the time to look up the additional scriptural references that are embedded in the meditation and sometimes in the prayer.3 The third way to use the devotional is to journal through it while keeping three questions in mind Adore What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him Admit What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent Aspire What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on The Songs of Jesus among other Devotionals particularly Jesus Calling Why choose the book of psalms The Kellers share their reasoning Many find modern devotionals to be either too upbeat or too sentimental or too doctrinal or too mystical because they reflect the perspective and experience of just one human author The psalms, by contrast, give us a range of divinely inspired voices of different temperaments and experiences In addition to a love for the Psalter, I have a hunch that at least part of the motivation behind this book was to provide a healthy alternative to the controversial, yet immensely popular devotional Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.In Kathy Keller s review of Jesus Calling, she called it unhelpful and to be avoided because Young writes from the first person perspective of Jesus and admits to doubting Scripture s sufficiency in the introduction she states I knew that God communicated with me through the Bible, but I yearned for I wanted to hear what God had to say to me personally on a given dayAnother critique was that Jesus Calling appeals too much to the experiential at the expense of the doctrinal which is where the book of Psalms fits in perfectly as a book that so beautifully interweaves both rich doctrine with a wide range of human emotions Keller s review continues, If you want to experience Jesus, learn how to find him in his Word His real Word The Songs of Jesus will lead readers to Jesus through His Word and through praying His Word back to Him.My recommendationMy first thought as I flipped through The Songs of Jesus was, This wasn t what I expected Being a big fan of Tim s writing, I found myself craving Scriptural and cultural insights than the 150ish word devotional and 50ish word prayer can offer This disappointment dissipated when I remembered the purpose of the book to help readers meditate on the Psalms and pray them to know and experience Jesus In other words, I was focused on the on ramp instead of the highway.The Songs of Jesus are a rich collection of devotions that are clear and straight to the point, getting to the heart of each Psalm and helping readers think through them practically and prayerfully Diligent readers and those who journal through it will feast on the richness of the Psalter and rejoice as they behold and commune with the Savior who so faithfully embodied the psalms.Don Whitney says inPraying the Biblethat many Christians are bored in prayer because they pray the same old things about the same old things If taken to heart and diligently prayed, The Songs of Jesus will fight against this boredom and fill our minds and hearts with fresh thoughts and prayers to our Lord.I expect this volume to expand Keller s already wide readership base by offering an accessible and top notch alternative to Jesus Calling While I typically don t like the daily devotional format, I will keep The Songs of Jesus close at hand for my wife and I to sing and pray the songs of Jesus together.Title The Songs of Jesus A Year of Daily Devotions in the PsalmsAuthor Timothy and Kathy KellerPublisher VikingYear 2015Rating 5 StarsReview originally published on KevinHalloran.net

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    OK, I bought this book in Audible form, and after listening to just a few pages I was struck by the power picture that last work with fireworks going off all around it of the humility and wisdom of the insights Each little devotional is so stunning in depth, that I had to come back to and buy the entire book in hardback and in Kindle This is the meditation I need to keep me on the path to Joy Buy this book as you would buy life giving medicine It s tonic for your heartache Wonderful.

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    In the acknowledgements, it is suggested that the authors frantically spent 15 hours a day completing this book It shows Another year might have helped Heaven forbid that Tim Keller should miss a publication deadline, especially before Christmas.Despite the attractiveness of the Psalms being broken down for 365 days, this book is a disappointment Admittedly there are gems of insight, maybe once a week, otherwise this reader feels shortchanged.It is sloppy and shallow There is little insight into the imprecatory vindictive, raging Psalms without which the book would be a walk in the park and what insights are offered seem glib and convenient not experienced, lived in and suffered as one finds for example in the work of Henri Nouwen.The closing prayers are pretty thin as well Not surprising if you ve ever heard TK s prayers following his sermons, in which he summarizes his sermon to God, go figure.Then, on November 24, Tim drops a bomb on his faithful reader, quoting that dirty old chestnut hack preachers have dragged out for centuries to bully worshippers who are not church members The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.There s actually a lot of solitary religion in the Psalms, but Tim knows nothing about it, as he apparently knows nothing of the many solitary readers who have bought his books over the years and supported his curated lifestyle in NYC.

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    I ve spent 2016 in the Psalms and this is one of the sources I used to embellish my understanding of these fabulous songs of Jesus I m a huge fan of Tim Keller s biblical teaching that I knew he and Kathy would provide wonderful insights.The Kellers covered many of the Psalms across multiple days Typically, they would provide 5 10 verses of the Psalm, a short 150 word devotional and relevant closing prayer There was a gem of wisdom on most days that helped shine some insight into God s character.They share in the Introduction the following We are not simply to read psalms we are to be immersed in them so that they profoundly shape how we relate to God The psalms are the divinely ordained way to learn devotion to our God.And this devotional does indeed help the reader to immerse themselves in the Psalms Rarely did I simply walk away upon meditating on the day s reading rather it would lead me to greater praise, reflection and desire for the Lord.If you are planning to immerse yourselves in the Psalms may I encourage you to grab a copy of The Songs of Jesus.

  5. says:

    These are short and sweet, perfect to someone just starting on daily QT Devotionals All I have to do is open up to the page, and Tim Keller and his wife write some beautiful things to reflect upon After using this daily, I think I have grown spiritually, and I appreciate it a lot I would recommend this to anyone looking to start daily QT or looking to take their faith to the next level.

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December December December December December December December December December December December December Acknowledgments NotesINTRODUCTIONThe Psalms Were The Divinely Inspired Hymnbook For The Public Worship Of God In Ancient Israel Chronicles Because Psalms Were Not Simply Read, But Sung, They Penetrated The Minds And Imaginations Of The People As Only Music Can Do They So Saturated The Heart And Imagination Of The Average Person That When Jesus Entered Jerusalem It Was Only Natural That The Crowd Would Spontaneously Greet Him By Reciting A Line From A Psalm Mark Psalm The Early Christians Sang And Prayed The Psalms As Well Colossians Corinthians When Benedict Formed His Monasteries He Directed That The Psalms All Be Sung, Read, And Prayed At Least Once A Week Throughout Medieval Times The Psalms Served As The Most Familiar Part Of The Bible For Most Christians The Psalter Was The Only Part Of The Bible A Lay Christian Was Likely To Own At The Time Of The Reformation, The Psalms Played A Major Role In The Reform Of The Church Martin Luther Directed That The Whole Psalter, Psalm By Psalm, Should Remain In Use John Calvin Prescribed Metrical Psalms As The Main Diet Of Song In Worshipping Congregations Calvin Wrote The Design Of The Holy Spirit Was To Deliver The Church A Common Form Of PrayerAll Theologians And Leaders Of The Church Have Believed That The Psalms Should Be Used And Reused In Every Christians Daily Private Approach To God And In Public Worship We Are Not Simply To Read Psalms We Are To Be Immersed In Them So That They Profoundly Shape How We Relate To God The Psalms Are The Divinely Ordained Way To Learn Devotion To Our GodWhy One Reason Is That It Is What Luther Called A Mini Bible It Gives An Overview Of Salvation History From Creation Through The Giving Of The Law At Mount Sinai, The Establishment Of The Tabernacle And Temple, The Exile Due To Unfaithfulness, And It Points Us Forward To The Coming Messianic Redemption And The Renewal Of All Things It Treats The Doctrines Of Revelation Psalm , Of God Psalm , And Of Human Nature Psalm And Sin Psalm The Psalms Are Than Just An Instrument For Theological Instruction, However One Of The Ancient Church Fathers, Athanasius, Wrote, Whatever Your Particular Need Or Trouble, From This Same Book The Psalms You Can Select A Form Of Words To Fit It, So That You Learn The Way To Remedy Your Ill Every Situation In Life Is Represented In The Book Of Psalms Psalms Anticipate And Train You For Every Possible Spiritual, Social, And Emotional Conditionthey Show You What The Dangers Are, What You Should Keep In Mind, What Your Attitude Should Be, How To Talk To God About It, And How To Get From God The Help You Need They Put Their Undeviating Understanding Of The Greatness Of The Lord Alongside Our Situations, So That We May Have A Due Sense Of The Correct Proportion Of Things Every Feature And Circumstance Of Life Is Transmitted Into The Lords Presence, And Put Into The Context Of What Is True About Him Psalms, Then, Are Not Just A Matchless Primer Of Teaching But A Medicine Chest For The Heart And The Best Possible Guide For Practical LivingIn Calling Psalms Medicine I Am Trying To Do Justice To What Makes Them Somewhat Different From Other Parts Of The Bible They Are Written To Be Prayed, Recited, And Sungto Be Done, Not Merely To Be Read Theologian Gordon Wenham Concludes That Using Them Repeatedly Is A Performative Act That Alters Ones Relationship With God In A Way Mere Listening Does Not We Are, In A Sense, To Put Them Inside Our Own Prayers, Or Perhaps To Put Our Prayers Inside Them, And Approach God In That Way In Doing This The Psalms Involve The Speaker Directly In New Attitudes, Commitments, Promises, And Even Emotions When, For Example, We Do Not Merely Read Psalm Search Me Test Me See If There Is Any Offensive Way In Mebut Pray It, We Invite God To Test Our Motives And We Give Active Assent To The Way Of Life Called For By The BibleThe Psalms Lead Us To Do What The Psalmists Doto Commit Ourselves To God Through Pledges And Promises, To Depend On God Through Petition And Expressions Of Acceptance, To Seek Comfort In God Through Lament And Complaint, To Find Mercy From God Through Confession And Repentance, To Gain New Wisdom And Perspective From God Through Meditation, Remembrance, And ReflectionThe Psalms Also Help Us See GodGod Not As We Wish Or Hope Him To Be But As He Actually Reveals Himself The Descriptions Of God In The Psalter Are Rich Beyond Human Invention He Is Holy, Wise, Fearsome, Tender And Loving Than We Would Ever Imagine Him To Be The Psalms Fire Our Imaginations Into New Realms Yet Guide Them Toward The God Who Actually Exists This Brings A Reality To Our Prayer Lives That Nothing Else Can Left To Ourselves, We Will Pray To Some God Who Speaks What We Like Hearing, Or To The Part Of God We Manage To Understand But What Is Critical Is That We Speak To The God Who Speaks To Us, And To Everything That He Speaks To Us What Is Essential In Prayer Is Not That We Learn To Express Ourselves, But That We Learn To Answer GodMost Of All The Psalms, Read In Light Of The Entire Bible, Bring Us To Jesus The Psalms Were Jesuss Songbook The Hymn That Jesus Sang At The Passover Meal Matthew Mark Would Have Been The Great Hallel, Psalms Indeed, There Is Every Reason To Assume That Jesus Would Have Sung All The Psalms, Constantly, Throughout His Life, So That He Knew Them By Heart It Is The Book Of The Bible That He Quotes Than Any Other But The Psalms Were Not Simply Sung By Jesus They Also Are About Him, As We Will See Throughout This VolumeThe Psalms Are, Then, Indeed The Songs Of JesusE PLAN OF THIS BOOKThis Book Is A Daily Devotional That Takes The Reader Through Every Verse Of The Book Of Psalms In Days In One Sense The Psalms Do Not Need To Be Made Into A Daily Devotionalthey Are The Divinely Inspired Devotional BookMany Find Modern Devotionals To Be Either Too Upbeat Or Too Sentimental Or Too Doctrinal Or Too Mystical Because They Reflect The Perspective And Experience Of Just One Human Author The Psalms, By Contrast, Give Us A Range Of Divinely Inspired Voices Of Different Temperaments And Experiences No Other Book, Even Of The Bible, Can Compete With It As A Basis For Daily Prayer The New Testament Obviously Presents Jesus Christ To Us In Far Explicit And Direct Ways, Yet No Part Of The New Testament Is Actually Written To Be A Course Of Prayed Theology That Helps You Process Every Possible Personal Situation Through The Truth About GodSo The Psalms Are Already Gods Devotional Book Nevertheless, Most Of Us Need The Help Of A Guide For Our First Several Journeys Through The Psalter Too Many Of The Psalms Have Complex Historical Content And Can Be Difficult To Understand Even After Multiple Readings We Cant Pray A Text If We Find It Utterly ConfusingEach Devotional Provides You With Your Daily Reading From A Psalm It Then Gives A Brief Meditation On The Meaning Of The Psalm And A Prayer To Help You Actually Use It In Your Heart And As A Way To Approach God The Prayers Should Be Seen As On Ramps, Not As Complete Prayers The Reader Should Follow The Trajectory Of The Prayers And Keep Going, Filling Each Prayer Out With Personal Particulars, As Well As Always Praying In Jesuss Name John We Structured This Daily Devotional So It Can Be Used In Three Different Ways The Simplest Way Is To Read The Psalm And The Meditation Slowly, And Then Use The Prayer To Begin Praying The Psalm Yourself The Prayers Offer An Opportunity To Continue Praying To God About Anything In Your Heart And Anything Personal You Are Facing That Day This Could Take No Than Fifteen MinutesThe Second Way To Use The Devotional Is To Take The Time To Look Up The Additional Scriptural References That Are Embedded In The Meditation And Sometimes In The Prayer The Statements In The Meditation Are Understandable Without The References, But Looking Them Up And Reading Them Will Greatly Enhance Your Grasp Of The Meaning And May Also Enrich Your Time Of PrayerThe Third Way To Use The Devotional Is To Get A Blank Journal To Use Along With It Read The Psalm Portion Twice Slowly Then Ask Three Questions And Write Out Your Answers AdoreWhat Did You Learn About God For Which You Could Praise Or Thank Him AdmitWhat Did You Learn About Yourself For Which You Could Repent AspireWhat Did You Learn About Life That You Could Aspire To, Ask For, And Act On Once You Have Answered These Three Questions, You Have Your Own Meditation On The Psalm Now Read The Meditation In The Book And Incorporate Its Insights Into Your Journal Notes Finally, Turn Your Meditationalready Categorized As Adoration, Confession, And Aspirationinto Personal Prayer, Using The Provided On Ramp Prayer As Well This Will Take You Into The Deep Level Of Wisdom And Insight The Psalms Can ProvideYou Are Ready To Start Your Year Of Devotions May God Give You The Spirit Of Wisdom And Revelation, So That You May Know Him Better Ephesians January READ Psalm Blessed Is The One Who Does Not Walk In Step With The Wicked Or Stand In The Way That Sinners Take Or Sit In The Company Of Mockers, But Whose Delight Is In The Law Of The LORD, And Who Meditates On His Law Day And Night That Person Is Like A Tree Planted By Streams Of Water, Which Yields Its Fruit In Season And Whose Leaf Does Not Witherwhatever They Do Prospers Not So The Wicked They Are Like Chaff That The Wind Blows Away Therefore The Wicked Will Not Stand In The Judgment, Nor Sinners In The Assembly Of The Righteous For The LORD Watches Over The Way Of The Righteous, But The Way Of The Wicked Leads To DestructionE NOURISHING WORD Psalm Is The Gateway To The Rest Of The Psalms The Law Is All Scripture, To Meditate Is To Think Out Its Implications For All Life, And To Delight In It Means Not Merely To Comply But To Love What God Commands Christians Have Their Attitude Toward God Changed From One Of Duty To Free, Loving Self Giving Because Of What Jesus Did For Us On The Cross So To Know How To Meditate On And Delight In The Bible Is The Secret To A Relationship With God And To Life Itself Views Contrary To Gods Word Are No Anchor In Time Of Need Gods Word Gives Us The Resilience Of A Tree With A Source Of Living Water That Will Never Dry UpPrayer Lord Of The Word, Dont Let Me Be Seduced By The Worldeither Naively Going With The Crowd Or Becoming A Hardened Cynic Help Me Meditate On Your Word To The Point Of Delight Give Me Stability And Contentment Regardless Of The Circumstances How I Need That AmenJanuary READ Psalm Why Do The Nations Conspire And The Peoples Plot In Vain The Kings Of The Earth Rise Up And The Rulers Band Together Against The LORD And Against His Anointed, Saying, Let Us Break Their Chains And Throw Off Their Shackles The One Enthroned In Heaven Laughs The LORD Scoffs At Them INTIMIDATION Each Day The Media Highlights New Things To Fear The Powers That Be In Society Tell Us That Obedience To God Shackles Us, Limiting Our Freedom In Reality, Liberation Comes Only Through Serving The One Who Created Us Those People And Forces That Appear To Rule The World Are All Under His Lordship, And One Day They Will Know It God Still Reigns, And We Can Take Refuge In Him From All Our Fears So To Be Intimidated By The World Psalm Is As Spiritually Fatal As Being Overly Attracted To It Psalm Prayer Lord Of The World, People Resent Your Claims On Human Lives I Fear To Speak Of You For Fear Of Ridicule Or Anger But You Are Not Intimidated By The World Powers, Nor Should I Be Help Me To Know The Joy Of Obedience And The Fearlessness That Goes With It AmenJanuary READ Psalm He Rebukes Them In His Anger And Terrifies Them In His Wrath, Saying, I Have Installed My King On Zion, My Holy Mountain I Will Proclaim The LORDs Decree He Said To Me, You Are My Son Today I Have Become Your Father Ask Me, And I Will Make The Nations Your Inheritance, The Ends Of The Earth Your Possession You Will Break Them With A Rod Of Iron You Will Dash Them To Pieces Like Pottery Therefore, You Kings, Be Wise Be Warned, You Rulers Of The Earth Serve The LORD With Fear And Celebrate His Rule With Trembling Kiss His Son, Or He Will Be Angry And Your Way Will Lead To Your Destruction, For His Wrath Can Flare Up In A Moment Blessed Are All Who Take Refuge In HimFUGE IN GOD Gods Response To Human Pride And Power Is To Install His Son On Zion This Points Beyond Israels King To Jesus, Gods True Son One Day He Will Put Everything Right But He Will Do This By Going First To Zionto Jerusalemto Die For Our Sins To Kiss His Son Is To Rest In And Live For Him If We Do This, We Have Assurance That No Matter What Happens To Us, Ultimately Everything Will Be All Right If We Dont Live For Him, We End Up Fighting God Himself So There Is No Refuge From Himonly In HimPrayer Lord, Your Answer To The Chaos And Strife Of The World Is Your Son, Jesus Christ He Will Eventually Break Brokenness, Kill Death, Destroy Destruction, And Swallow Every Sorrow Teach Me How To Take Refuge In Youin Your Forgiveness Through Jesus, In Your Wise Will, And In My Assured, Glorious Future AmenJanuary READ Psalm LORD, How Many Are My Foes How Many Rise Up Against Me Many Are Saying Of Me, God Will Not Deliver Him But You, LORD, Are A Shield Around Me, My Glory, The One Who Lifts My Head High I Call Out To The LORD, And He Answers Me From His Holy Mountain I Lie Down And Sleep I Wake Again, Because The LORD Sustains Me I Will Not Fear Though Tens Of Thousands Assail Me On Every Side Arise, LORD Deliver Me, My God Strike All My Enemies On The Jaw Break The Teeth Of The Wicked From The LORD Comes Deliverance May Your Blessing Be On Your PeopleACE AMID DANGER Davids Son Absalom Was Trying To Kill Him The Seeds Of That Family Dysfunction Are Davids Own Fault He Had Wanted Absaloms Love So Much He Never Corrected Him, Even When Absalom Murdered One Of His Brothers Now David Is Fleeing To Save His Own Life In This Prayer He Realizes That Neither A Sons Love Nor Popular Acclaim Can Serve As A Persons Worth Or Security David Relocates His Glory And Hope To God And Finds Peace Despite Danger God Is The Only One Who Sustains You, Whether An Army Is Pursuing You Or You Are At Home In Your Own Bed God Sustains Every Breath You TakePrayer Lord And Savior, I Am Facing So Many Troubles, Some Of My Own Making But I Can Hold My Head Up Because I Am Your Child And Servant So Be My Shieldprotect Me And Be My Glorygive Me Confidence That You Are With Me And Will Bring Me Through This Help Me AmenJanuary READ Psalm Answer Me When I Call To You, My Righteous God Give Me Relief From My Distress Have Mercy On Me And Hear My Prayer How Long Will You People Turn My Glory Into Shame How Long Will You Love Delusions And Seek False Gods Know That The LORD Has Set Apart His Faithful Servant For Himself The LORD Hears When I Call To Him Tremble And Do Not Sin When You Are On Your Beds, Search Your Hearts And Be Silent Offer The Sacrifices Of The Righteous And Trust In The LORD Many, LORD, Are Asking, Who Will Bring Us Prosperity Let The Light Of Your Face Shine On Us Fill My Heart With Joy When Their Grain And New Wine Abound In Peace I Will Lie Down And Sleep, For You Alone, LORD, Make Me Dwell In SafetyY APART FROM CIRCUMSTANCES How Can We Have Peaceful Sleep At Night Verse And Joyeven When Others Are Prospering And We Are Not Verse Consider Whether You Have A Divided Heartmaking Success Or Relationships Into Idolsand Repent Verse Consider Whether You Have A Bitter Heartand Forgive Verse Finally, In Prayer, Seek Gods Face, A Sense Of His Presence And His Love On Your Heart Verse Then We Can Know We Are Safe In God, Come What MayPrayer Lord, Other Gods Compete With You For The Allegiance Of My Heart I Nurse Resentment Toward People Who Have Wronged Me, And Sometimes Toward You It Is These Things That Keep Me From Knowing The Joy Of Your Presence And The Peace Of Your Protection Help Me Remove Them And Fill My Heart With Your Joy AmenJanuary READ Psalm Listen To My Words, LORD, Consider My Lament Hear My Cry For Help, My King And My God, For To You I Pray In The Morning, LORD, You Hear My Voice In The Morning I Lay My Requests Before You And Wait Expectantly For You Are Not A God Who Is Pleased With Wickedness With You, Evil People Are Not Welcome The Arrogant Cannot Stand In Your Presence You Hate All Who Do Wrong You Destroy Those Who Tell Lies The Bloodthirsty And Deceitful You, LORD, DetestPOURING OUT OUR HEART Many Of The Psalms Begin With Desperate Lamentscries For Help From Deep Within This Is Uncensored Prayer, Straight From The Heart Even When We Have No Words To Express Our Anguish, We Can Lay Our Requests Before God He Expects Us To Come To Him For Refuge From Our Grief, Fear, And Pain And Not To Dull Those Emotions With Amusements And Distractions That Promise, But Can Never Deliver, Blessing We Are To Have Confidence That He Is The God Who Told Moses That He Would Faithfully Commit Himself In Love To Us, In Grace, Despite Our Sins And Flaws Exodus Prayer All Knowing Lord, You See What Is In My Heart All Powerful Lord, I Dont Have The Power To Accomplish What Needs To Be Done, So I Spread Out My Requests Before You All Wise Lord, I Know You Hear And Will Actbut I Know Also I Must Wait On Your Wise Timing, And So I Will AmenJanuary READ Psalm But I, By Your Great Love, Can Come Into Your House In Reverence I Bow Down Toward Your Holy Temple Lead Me, LORD, In Your Righteousness Because Of My Enemiesmake Your Way Straight Before Me Not A Word From Their Mouth Can Be Trusted Their Heart Is Filled With Malice Their Throat Is An Open Grave With Their Tongues They Tell Lies Declare Them Guilty, O God Let Their Intrigues Be Their Downfall Banish Them For Their Many Sins, For They Have Rebelled Against You But Let All Who Take Refuge In You Be Glad Let Them Ever Sing For Joy Spread Your Protection Over Them, That Those Who Love Your Name May Rejoice In You Surely, LORD, You Bless The Righteous You Surround Them With Your Favor As With A ShieldAYING FOR PROTECTION Davids Psalms Often Speak Of Enemies Ancient Kings Were Always In Danger Of People Trying To Kill Them We May Have Fewer Enemies Intent On Physical Violence, But There Are Many Forces In The World That Can Ruin Us Economically, Emotionally, Physically, And Spiritually We Must Do What David Did He Asks God To Spread His Protection Over Him He Is Sure God Will Do This Because He Looks Toward His Temple, The Place Where Sins Are Atoned For Christians Do The Same When They Remember The One Who Claimed To Be The Final Temple John , The Ultimate Sacrifice, And The Conclusive Proof Of Gods Great Love For UsPrayer Righteous Lord, I Ask For Protection From All The Hostile Forces Around Me But When I Get Indignant About Evil In Others, I Remember My Own Sin, And That I Can Come Near You Only By Your Grace How I Need To Hate Wrongdoing And Yet Not Become Angry And Begin To Feel Superior To Others Keep Me Safe, But Keep Me Humbled AmenJanuary READ Psalm LORD, Do Not Rebuke Me In Your Anger Or Discipline Me In Your Wrath Have Mercy On Me, LORD, For I Am Faint Heal Me, LORD, For My Bones Are In Agony My Soul Is In Deep Anguish How Long, LORD, How Long Turn, LORD, And Deliver Me Save Me Because Of Your Unfailing Love Among The Dead No One Proclaims Your Name Who Praises You From The Grave I Am Worn Out From My Groaning All Night Long I Flood My Bed With Weeping And Drench My Couch With Tears My Eyes Grow Weak With Sorrow They Fail Because Of All My Foes Away From Me, All You Who Do Evil, For The LORD Has Heard My Weeping The LORD Has Heard My Cry For Mercy The LORD Accepts My Prayer All My Enemies Will Be Overwhelmed With Shame And Anguish They Will Turn Back And Suddenly Be Put To ShameWAITING IS HARD How Long, O Lord, How Long Is The Cry Of Someone Who Has Walked With Pain And Sickness Than He Thought He Could Ever Bear God Hears The Prayers Of The Faltering Because Of His Unfailing Love The Hebrew Chesedh, The Steadfast Love Of A Covenant God Who Cares For Us Not Because We Are Perfect But Because He Is Verse Though David Scarcely Has The Heart To Pray, His Tears Are Not In Vain He Gets An Answering Touch Verses An Assurance That God Is Listening Even Though He Hasnt Done Anything About The Circumstancesyet Verse God Walks With Us, And Helps Us To Run With Perseverance The Race Hebrews Prayer Thy Promise Is My Only Pleawith This I Venture Nigh Thou Callest Burdened Souls To Thee, And Such, O Lord, Am I I Know That Your Love Is Unfailing Even If I Dont Feel It But I Ask That In Your Grace You Touch Me And Give Me A Sense Of Your Presence At My Side AmenJanuary READ Psalm LORD My God, I Take Refuge In You Save And Deliver Me From All Who Pursue Me, Or They Will Tear Me Apart Like A Lion And Rip Me To Pieces With No One To Rescue Me LORD My God, If I Have Done This And There Is Guilt On My Hands If I Have Repaid My Ally With Evil Or Without Cause Have Robbed My Foe Then Let My Enemy Pursue And Overtake Me Let Him Trample My Life To The Ground And Make Me Sleep In The DustEAR CAMPAIGN How Do We Deal With Gossip And Slander And The Loss Of Our Reputation David Shows Us Straightaway He Doesnt Say, I Will Take Refuge In God, But Rather Shows That He Already Has, That He Is Already Safe How Can He Feel That Way Before He Knows Whether The Smear Campaign Will Be Thwarted The Answer If We Trust In Gods Wisdom And Will, Then We Have Peace Regardless Of The Immediate Outcome It Is Only Gods Opinion Of Us That Counts, And That Will PrevailPrayer Lord, Some Criticisms Are Terribly Unfair My Deepest Comfort Is Knowing That You See All Things And Will In The End Set All Things Right So I Will Not Desperately Defend Myself Or Strike Out At My Accusers And Insinuators You Know The Truth, And That Suffices For Me I Leave This All In Your Hands AmenJanuary READ Psalm Arise, LORD, In Your Anger Rise Up Against The Rage Of My Enemies Awake, My God Decree Justice Let The Assembled Peoples Gather Around You, While You Sit Enthroned Over Them On High Let The LORD Judge The Peoples Vindicate Me, LORD, According To My Righteousness, According To My Integrity, O Most High Bring To An End The Violence Of The Wicked And Make The Righteous Secureyou, The Righteous God Who Probes Minds And Hearts My Shield Is God Most High, Who Saves The Upright In Heart God Is A Righteous Judge, A God Who Displays His Wrath Every DayGOD ON HIGH David Has Not Done The Things Of Which He Is Accused Verse He Wants God To Take His Throne On High Verse And Right All Wrongs He Rightly Leaves Retribution To God, Who Alone Has The Wisdom To Know What People Deserve As Well As The Power And Right To Give It To Them So Should We But How Can We Be Sure That We Will Survive Judgment Day Christians Know That Before The Lord Is Lifted Up On A Throne To Judge, First He Will Be Lifted Up On A Cross To Atone For Sin John So On The Final Day A Joy Filled, Redeemed People Will Assemble At His Feet Verse Prayer Righteous Lord, I Have Many Who Falsely Accuse Me Defend Me From Them But I Also Know My Sin, And My Heart Rightly Accuses Me I Rest In Jesuss Atoning Death For Me Be Thou My Shield And Hiding Place, That, Sheltered By Thy Side, I May My Fierce Accuser Face, And Tell Him Thou Hast Died AmenJanuary READ Psalm If He Does Not Relent, He Will Sharpen His Sword He Will Bend And String His Bow He Has Prepared His Deadly Weapons He Makes Ready His Flaming Arrows Whoever Is Pregnant With Evil Conceives Trouble And Gives Birth To Disillusionment Whoever Digs A Hole And Scoops It Out Falls Into The Pit They Have Made The Trouble They Cause Recoils On Them Their Violence Comes Down On Their Own Heads I Will Give Thanks To The LORD Because Of His Righteousness I Will Sing The Praises Of The Name Of The LORD Most HighE SELF DEFEAT OF EVIL Because We Live In A Broken World, Much Injustice Will Go Unpunished Until The Final Day Of Judgment However, Most Of The Time, Gods Justice Works Itself Out Within The Fabric Of History Evil Carries Within It The Seeds Of Its Own Destruction Not Only Is It A Boreleading To Dissatisfaction And Emptiness Verse But It Recoils On Itself You Fall Into The Pit You Have Dug For Others Haters Are Hated, Deceivers Are Deceived, Gossips Are Gossiped About Remember This Until You Are Not Intimidated, Discouraged, Or Tempted By The Wrongdoing You See Around YouPrayer Lord, I Admit That Some Of My Resentment Of Those Who Wrong Me Is Tinged With Envy They Live As They Choose, And They Seem Happier Than I Am But That Is An Illusion Evil Is Like Cancer Cellsthey Grow, But Only Toward Collapse And Destruction Help Me See That Clearly, So I Can Forgive Them And Not Be Tempted By Them AmenJanuary READ Psalm LORD, Our Lord, How Majestic Is Your Name In All The Earth You Have Set Your Glory In The Heavens Through The Praise Of Children And Infants You Have Established A Stronghold Against Your Enemies, To Silence The Foe And The Avenger When I Consider Your Heavens, The Work Of Your Fingers, The Moon And The Stars, Which You Have Set In Place, What Is Mankind That You Are Mindful Of Them, Human Beings That You Care For Them You Have Made Them A Little Lower Than The Angels And Crowned Them With Glory And Honor You Made Them Rulers Over The Works Of Your Hands You Put Everything Under Their Feet All Flocks And Herds, And The Animals Of The Wild, The Birds In The Sky, And The Fish In The Sea, All That Swim The Paths Of The Seas LORD, Our Lord, How Majestic Is Your Name In All The Earth WONDERFUL CARE The Universe Reveals Gods Glory Arent Humans Just Specks Of Dust In This Vastness Physically, Yes Yet We Fill The Mind Of God Verse The Astonishment Of The Psalmist Should Be Ours Why Should God Care About Us Because He Has Made Us In His Image And Given Us The World He Created To Care For As His Agents Living With Care For The Land, Sea, And Air And All Who Live There, And Doing Justice For Every Human Being Stamped With His Image, Brings God Glory As A Human Race We Are Not Doing This Very Well But Jesus Has Come, And Eventually The World Will Be Under His Feet Verse Hebrews And Then Everything Will Be Made RightPrayer Majestic God, How Is It Possible That We Fill Your Mind You Love And Care For Us So Much You Were Willing To Become A Weak Infant And Vulnerable Child, All In Order To Save Us Now Help Me, In All My Daily Interactions, To Treat Every Person I Meet As A Being Infinitely Precious In Your Sight AmenJanuary READ Psalm I Will Give Thanks To You, LORD, With All My Heart I Will Tell Of All Your Wonderful Deeds I Will Be Glad And Rejoice In You I Will Sing The Praises Of Your Name, O Most High My Enemies Turn Back They Stumble And Perish Before You For You Have Upheld My Right And My Cause, Sitting Enthroned As The Righteous Judge You Have Rebuked The Nations And Destroyed The Wicked You Have Blotted Out Their Name For Ever And Ever Endless Ruin Has Overtaken My Enemies, You Have Uprooted Their Cities Even The Memory Of Them Has Perished The LORD Reigns Forever He Has Established His Throne For Judgment He Rules The World In Righteousness And Judges The Peoples With Equity The LORD Is A Refuge For The Oppressed, A Stronghold In Times Of Trouble Those Who Know Your Name Trust In You, For You, LORD, Have Never Forsaken Those Who Seek You Sing The Praises Of The LORD, Enthroned In Zion Proclaim Among The Nations What He Has Done For He Who Avenges Blood Remembers He Does Not Ignore The Cries Of The AfflictedANKS This Psalm Helps Us Toward The Spiritual Health Of A Thankful Heart We Must Discern Gods Wonderful Deeds In Our Lives, A Phrase That Can Refer To Dramatic Miracles Like The Parting Of The Red Sea However, We Must Also Learn To See The Subtle Ways God Comforts Us Just When We Were Ready To Give Up, Or Brings The Right Friend Or Book Or Line Of Thinking Into Our Lives Just When We Needed It Recognize And Tell Of Gods Daily, Wonderful Deeds, And You Will Have A Note Of Grateful Joy As The Background Music To Your LifePrayer O Lord, You Never Forsake The Troubled And The Afflicted When I Think Of Your Innumerable Mercies To Me, Small And Large, I Can Only Cry What Thanks I Owe You, And What Love Help Me To See The Ways You Support And Guide Me Every Day, So That I Will Always Find New Reasons To Thank You AmenJanuary READ Psalm LORD, See How My Enemies Persecute Me Have Mercy And Lift Me Up From The Gates Of Death, That I May Declare Your Praises In The Gates Of Daughter Zion, And There Rejoice In Your Salvation The Nations Have Fallen Into The Pit They Have Dug Their Feet Are Caught In The Net They Have Hidden The LORD Is Known By His Acts Of Justice The Wicked Are Ensnared By The Work Of Their Hands The Wicked Go Down To The Realm Of The Dead, All The Nations That Forget God But God Will Never Forget The Needy The Hope Of The Afflicted Will Never Perish Arise, LORD, Do Not Let Mortals Triumph Let The Nations Be Judged In Your Presence Strike Them With Terror, LORD Let The Nations Know They Are Only MortalVER FORGET This Psalm Moves Suddenly From Thanksgiving To A Cry For Help Amid Suffering Life Is Like That But David Grabs Hold Of A Truth That Keeps Him From Sinking The Core Sin Is To Forget That God Is God And That We Are Not And This Is Justicethose Who Forget God Will Be Forgotten, But Those Who Remember God Will Be Remembered Forever Isaiah Christians Know Of One Who Remembered God Yet Was Completely Forsaken Matthew But Because Jesus Died In Our Place, We Can Be Even Surer Than David That God Will Always Be There For UsPrayer Lord, So Many Of My Problems Stem From Not Remembering You I Forget Your Wisdom And So I Worry I Forget Your Grace And So I Get Complacent I Forget Your Mercy And So I Get Resentful Of Others Help Me Remember Who You Are Every Moment Of The Day AmenJanuary READ Psalm Why, LORD, Do You Stand Far Off Why Do You Hide Yourself In Times Of Trouble In His Arrogance The Wicked Man Hunts Down The Weak, Who Are Caught In The Schemes He Devises He Boasts About The Cravings Of His Heart He Blesses The Greedy And Reviles The LORD In His Pride The Wicked Man Does Not Seek Him In All His Thoughts There Is No Room For God His Ways Are Always Prosperous Your Laws Are Rejected By Him He Sneers At All His Enemies He Says To Himself, Nothing Will Ever Shake Me He Swears, No One Will Ever Do Me Harm His Mouth Is Full Of Lies And Threats Trouble And Evil Are Under His Tongue He Lies In Wait Near The Villages From Ambush He Murders The Innocent His Eyes Watch In Secret For His Victims Like A Lion In Cover He Lies In Wait He Lies In Wait To Catch The Helpless He Catches The Helpless And Drags Them Off In His Net His Victims Are Crushed, They Collapse They Fall Under His Strength He Says To Himself, God Will Never Notice He Covers His Face And Never SeesINFUL REALITY Augustine Taught There Were Two Cities Or Ways To Live In Societyone Based On Self Giving And One On Self Serving To Worship The Desires Of The Heart Verse Leads To Habits Of Self Expression And Self Assertion Rather Than Sacrificial Love It Is This Way Of Life That Appears To Be Ascendant In The World, With A God Who Seems To Be Far Away And Doing Nothing About It Verse The Psalm Describes This Situation In Painful Detail, As A Way Of Keeping Us From Even Subtly Going Along With This Manner Of Living Like The Psalmist, We Need To Resist It In Prayer And In Our Daily LifePrayer Lord, Keep Me From Being Either Naive About Human Evil, Self Righteous About It, Or Cynical Before It Dont Let Me Ever Get Used To Injustice Or, Worse, Become Complicit In It That Takes Constant Vigilance And Reflection About How I Am Living Keep Me Loving What You Love And Hating What You Hate AmenJanuary READ Psalm Arise, LORD Lift Up Your Hand, O God Do Not Forget The Helpless Why Does The Wicked Man Revile God Why Does He Say To Himself, He Wont Call Me To Account But You, God, See The Trouble Of The Afflicted You Consider Their Grief And Take It In Hand The Victims Commit Themselves To You You Are The Helper Of The Fatherless Break The Arm Of The Wicked Man Call The Evildoer To Account For His Wickedness That Would Not Otherwise Be Found Out The LORD Is King For Ever And Ever The Nations Will Perish From His Land You, LORD, Hear The Desire Of The Afflicted You Encourage Them, And You Listen To Their Cry, Defending The Fatherless And The Oppressed, So That Mere Earthly Mortals Will Never Again Strike TerrorENCOURAGEMENT This Second Half Of The Psalm Shows Us A Man Who Never Gets The Why Questions Answered Verse Yet Who Trusts God Completely While The Day Of Justice May Be Still In The Future, The Promise Of Encouragement Is In The Present, If We Look To Him How Can We Trust Him Now If We Still See Oppression Reigning Christians Know He So Loves The Helpless Verse , Grief Stricken Verse , And Oppressed Verse That He Literally Became One Of Them And By Oppression And Judgment He Was Taken Away Isaiah So Commit Yourself To HimPrayer Lord, The World Is Filled With So Many Tragedies And Injustices I Wish I Knew The Why Behind So Many Things But Despite Appearances And What I See From My Extremely Limited Vantage Point, You Have Never Wronged Anyone Help Me Trust Your Wisdom And Give My Heart The Encouragement And Strength That Only You Can Give AmenJanuary READ Psalm In The LORD I Take Refuge How Then Can You Say To Me Flee Like A Bird To Your Mountain For Look, The Wicked Bend Their Bows They Set Their Arrows Against The Strings To Shoot From The Shadows At The Upright In Heart When The Foundations Are Being Destroyed, What Can The Righteous Do The LORD Is In His Holy Temple The LORD Is On His Heavenly Throne He Observes Everyone On Earth His Eyes Examine Them The LORD Examines The Righteous, But The Wicked, Those Who Love Violence, He Hates With A Passion On The Wicked He Will Rain Fiery Coals And Burning Sulfur A Scorching Wind Will Be Their Lot For The LORD Is Righteous, He Loves Justice The Upright Will See His FaceNT DESPAIR When Life Crumbles, The Desire To Run Away And Hide In Despair Is Strong David Counters This Impulse With Three Insights TheologicalGod Is Still On His Throne And Will Execute Justice In His Wise Time Verse Practicalcrises Are Really Tests, Opportunities To Evaluate What Is True And Solid And What Is Flimsy And Should Be Discarded Verses And Spiritualwhat We Really Need Is The Knowledge Of Gods Presence And Faceverse Only Love Makes You Interested In Gazing On Someones Face Pray Until God And His Love Become Real To You Then You Wont Run ScaredPrayer Lord, People Are Saying, Its Over Just Give Up But I Wont Panicor Should I Say, Lord, Help Me To Not Panic I Know You Are On Your Thronebut My Heart Doesnt Feel Thatso Speak To My Heart Let Me Love You Enough Not To Be Scared AmenJanuary READ Psalm Help, LORD, For No One Is Faithful Any Those Who Are Loyal Have Vanished From The Human Race Everyone Lies To Their Neighbor They Flatter With Their Lips But Harbor Deception In Their Hearts May The LORD Silence All Flattering Lips And Every Boastful Tongue Those Who Say, By Our Tongues We Will Prevail Our Own Lips Will Defend Uswho Is Lord Over Us Because The Poor Are Plundered And The Needy Groan, I Will Now Arise, Says The LORD I Will Protect Them From Those Who Malign Them And The Words Of The LORD Are Flawless, Like Silver Purified In A Crucible, Like Gold Refined Seven Times You, LORD, Will Keep The Needy Safe And Will Protect Us Forever From The Wicked, Who Freely Strut About When What Is Vile Is Honored By The Human RaceE POWER OF WORDS Perhaps It Has Never Been Truer Than Now That What Is Vile Is Honored By The Human Race Christians Need Gods Protection From Lies, Slander, And Deception, Because Words Have Enormous Power Not Only To Distort And Wound But Also To Overthrow A Whole Culture Verses , Cf James The Great Danger Is To Respond In Kind Instead We Must Model Our Words On Godstrue And Well Crafted Verse Our Job Is To Trust In Gods Protection And To Copy The Actions Of Our Master And Savior, Jesus, Who When He Was Reviled Did Not Revile We Give Glory To God When We Suffer Without Hatred And RetaliationPrayer Lord, I Am Surrounded By People Whose Words Are Either Fawning And Flattering Or Malicious And Stinging Dont Let Me Imitate Them Make My Words Honest And True, Economical And Few, Wise And Well Chosen, Calm And Kind Give Me So Much Love And Grace That This Kind Of Conversation Comes Naturally To Me AmenJanuary READ Psalm How Long, LORD Will You Forget Me Forever How Long Will You Hide Your Face From Me How Long Must I Wrestle With My Thoughts And Day After Day Have Sorrow In My Heart How Long Will My Enemy Triumph Over Me Look On Me And Answer, LORD My God Give Light To My Eyes, Or I Will Sleep In Death, And My Enemy Will Say, I Have Overcome Him, And My Foes Will Rejoice When I Fall But I Trust In Your Unfailing Love My Heart Rejoices In Your Salvation I Will Sing The LORDs Praise, For He Has Been Good To MeHONESTY David Is In Agony And Cant Feel The Presence Of God He Cries Out That God Has Ignored His Pain And His Sorrow It Is Almost A Howl, And The Fact That It Is Included In The Bible Tells Us That God Wants To Hear Our Genuine Feelings, Even If They Are Anger At Him David Never Stops Praying, However, And That Is The Key As Long As We Howl Toward God And Remember His Salvation By Grace Verse , We Will End At A Place Of Peace If Christians Do That By Hearing Jesus Praying Verses On The Cross, Losing The Fathers Face As He Paid For Our Sins, We Will Be Able To Pray Verses IndeedPrayer Tempest Tossed Soul, Be Still My Promised Grace Receive Tis Jesus SpeaksI Must, I Will, I Can, I Do Believe Lord, This Reminds Me That Believing The Promise Of Your Presence In My Suffering Takes Time, And Grows Slowly, Through Stages In Prayer So I Will Pray Until My Heart Rejoices In You AmenJanuary READ Psalm The Fool Says In His Heart, There Is No God They Are Corrupt, Their Deeds Are Vile There Is No One Who Does Good The LORD Looks Down From Heaven On All Mankind To See If There Are Any Who Understand, Any Who Seek God All Have Turned Away, All Have Become Corrupt There Is No One Who Does Good, Not Even One Do All These Evildoers Know Nothing They Devour My People As Though Eating Bread They Never Call On The LORD But There They Are, Overwhelmed With Dread, For God Is Present In The Company Of The Righteous You Evildoers Frustrate The Plans Of The Poor, But The LORD Is Their Refuge Oh, That Salvation For Israel Would Come Out Of Zion When The LORD Restores His People, Let Jacob Rejoice And Israel Be Glad FOOLISHNESS In The Bible Foolishness Means A Destructive Self Centeredness Fools Cannot Bear To Have Anyone Over Them, And So They Ignore God Or Deny He Exists Some Of This Rebellion Exists In Every Heart Every Sin Is A Kind Of Practical Atheismit Is Acting As If God Were Not There That Also Means That Belief In God Must Be A Gift This Psalm Is Famously Quoted In Romans There Is No One Who Seeks God Left To Ourselves, We Would Never Want To Find God, Much Less Know Him So Take Heart If You Want God, It Is Because He Wants You To Find HimPrayer Lord, I Often Struggle With Doubts About You, And This Psalm Makes Me Realize They Dont All Come From My Intellect And Mindmany Come From My Heart Part Of Me Doesnt Want There To Be A God I Have To Obey Increase My Faith, Through Your Word And Spirit, And Through Believing Friends, The Company Of The Righteous AmenJanuary READ Psalm LORD, Who May Dwell In Your Sacred Tent Who May Live On Your Holy Mountain The One Whose Walk Is Blameless, Who Does What Is Righteous, Who Speaks The Truth From Their Heart Whose Tongue Utters No Slander, Who Does No Wrong To A Neighbor, And Casts No Slur On Others Who Despises A Vile Person But Honors Those Who Fear The LORD Who Keeps An Oath Even When It Hurts, And Does Not Change Their Mind Who Lends Money To The Poor Without Interest Who Does Not Accept A Bribe Against The Innocent Whoever Does These Things Will Never Be ShakenEGRITY Who Gets To Draw Near To God Those Who Speak True Words Verse , But In Love Verse And Generosity Verse Those Who Are Transparent, Honest, And Faithful To Their Word, Not Always Changing Their Minds Verses And If We Deceive, Vilify, And Flatter, If We Make Empty Promises And Overblown Claims, We Cannot Expect Gods Presence In Our Lives This Standard Not Only Challenges Us But Also Reminds Us We Can Go To God Only Through His Grace No One But Jesus Ever Lived With Perfect Integrity Hebrews , But Because He Is Our Savior, We Can Go In To God Hebrews Prayer Lord, The Sins Of My Tongue Are So Many Forgive Me For Talking Too Much Because Of Pride , For Talking Too Little Because Of Fear , For Not Telling The Truth Because Of Pride And Fear , For Words That Are Harsh And Cutting, For Hurting Others Reputations Through Gossip Purify My Words With Your Word AmenJanuary READ Psalm Keep Me Safe, My God, For In You I Take Refuge I Say To The LORD, You Are My Lord Apart From You I Have No Good Thing I Say Of The Holy People Who Are In The Land, They Are The Noble Ones In Whom Is All My Delight Those Who Run After Other Gods Will Suffer And I Will Not Pour Out Libations Of Blood To Such Gods Or Take Up Their Names On My Lips LORD, You Alone Are My Portion And My Cup You Make My Lot Secure The Boundary Lines Have Fallen For Me In Pleasant Places Surely I Have A Delightful InheritanceOLS THAT DESERT We May Not Believe In Literal Divine God Beings Of Beauty, Wealth, Pleasure, Or Fertility But We Must All Live For Something, And If We Live For And Love Any Thing Than God Himself, We Are Trapped They Become Things We Have To Have, So We Run, Exhausted, After Them But This Leads To Increasing Suffering Verse , For Life Inevitably Takes Them From Us Instead We Must Make God Our Portion Our Real Wealth , Our Cup Our Real Pleasure , Our Ultimate GoodPrayer Lord, I Want The Gifts Of Your Hand Than The Glory Of Your Face I Can Root My Happiness In Amusements, Music, Food, Or Nice Weather But Let Suffering Enter The Picture, And They Show Themselves As The Tawdry Baubles That They Are Without Your Constant Presence And Favor, No Thing Is A Good Thing So I Receive Them With Thanks, But I Rest My Heart And Hope In You AmenJanuary READ Psalm I Will Praise The LORD, Who Counsels Me Even At Night My Heart Instructs Me I Keep My Eyes Always On The LORD With Him At My Right Hand, I Will Not Be Shaken Therefore My Heart Is Glad And My Tongue Rejoices My Body Also Will Rest Secure, Because You Will Not Abandon Me To The Realm Of The Dead, Nor Will You Let Your Faithful One See Decay You Make Known To Me The Path Of Life You Will Fill Me With Joy In Your Presence, With Eternal Pleasures At Your Right HandE BEST IS YET TO COME If God Is Our Greatest Good, We Get What Cant Be Lost And Will Only Increaseinfinitely The Lord Is At Our Right Hand To Be At Someones Right Hand Is To Be Their Advocate In Court Or Support In Battle Or Companion For A Journey In Christ This Is All Literally True Acts Because He Died And Rose For Us, He Is Our Representative In Heaven So We Are Completely Forgiven And Companion On Earth So We Are Intimately Loved And Someday We Will Not Just Sense Him At Our Side But See Him Face To Face In Our Resurrected Bodies That Will Be Endless, Unimaginable Pleasure Verses Now We Have Nothing To FearPrayer Lord, As I Lay Down In Sleep Last Night And Rose This Morning Only By Your Grace, So Keep Me In A Joyful, Lively Remembrance That Whatever Happens, I Will Someday Know My Final Risingthe Resurrectionbecause Jesus Christ Lay Down In Death For Me And Rose For My Justification AmenJanuary Praise ForPreaching Superb We Should Be Grateful To Keller For His Wisdom, Scholarship, And Humility The Gospel Coalition If You Want To See Between The Lines And Just Below The Surface Of Our Cultural Moment And Societal Ethos Which Is To Say, If You Are Any Kind Of Christian Leader, Teacher, Writer, Blogger, Public Thinker, Politician, Artist, Media Person, Campus Minister, Youth Leader, Parent, Christian Educator, Spiritual Director, Or Anyone With Influence Then This Is Going To Be Exceptionally Helpful For You Byron BorgerPraise For Timothy Keller And His Books Tim Keller S Ministry In New York City Is Leading A Generation Of Seekers And Skeptics Toward Belief In God I Thank God For Him Billy Graham Unlike Most Suburban Megachurches, Much Of Redeemer Is Remarkably Traditional What Is Not Traditional Is Dr Keller S Skill In Speaking The Language Of His Urbane Audience Observing Dr Keller S Professorial Pose On Stage, It Is Easy To Understand His Appeal The New York Times Fifty Years From Now, If Evangelical Christians Are Widely Known For Their Love Of Cities, Their Commitment To Mercy And Justice, And Their Love Of Their Neighbors, Tim Keller Will Be Remembered As A Pioneer Of The New Urban Christians Christianity Today Magazine