• Confess and Be Cleansed

    | Mar 05, 2018
    No one can tell me that Scripture, though written more than two thousand years ago, is not relevant today. David's poem is both beautiful and practical.
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  • Sin Distorts the Truth

    | Mar 04, 2018
    As David's celebration song about God's forgiveness continues, he recognizes that confession is costly. He also acknowledges the fact that we have a window of opportunity that may, one day, close.
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  • The Bitter Price of Secret Sin

    | Mar 03, 2018
    David's celebration of God's forgiveness takes a dark turn as he recalls his anguished past. He remembers—perhaps accompanied by a gloomy minor key—the days of misery he spent in the isolation of secret sin.
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  • From Self-deception to Relief

    | Mar 02, 2018
    I once asked my sister, Luci, to name the emotion she considered the most powerful and enjoyable of all. She surprised me with her answer: relief. After thinking for a moment, I had to agree. Relief is everyone's favorite feeling!
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  • Living under the Cloud of Guilt

    | Mar 01, 2018
    Your conscience may be invisible but it is certainly not inactive! Who hasn't been kept awake by its pleadings? With incredible regularity, an unforgiven conscience can rob us of an appetite, steal our sleep, and drive us to distraction.
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  • Waiting on God

    | Feb 28, 2018
    David's cry for help doesn't end with an account of God's sudden and miraculous provision. Instead, the songwriter committed to doing what comes least naturally to people in fear. He committed to doing nothing.
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  • Seeking God’s Help

    | Feb 27, 2018
    While David's first response to fear wasn't a panicked plea for help, he didn't live in denial. He merely chose to celebrate God's power and to recall His past triumphs. Eventually, however, David did ask the Lord for what he needed.
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  • Facing Fear with a Song of Faith

    | Feb 26, 2018
    When fear has us in its icy grip, we quickly turn toward self-preservation. We hope to avoid loss, escape pain, or cheat death. Not David! His composition, preserved for us as Psalm 27, gives priority to eternal matters.
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  • Facing Fear with Praise

    | Feb 25, 2018
    As David faced his fears and expressed them to God in Psalm 27, he began with worship, celebrating the power and faithfulness of his God. The key to the entire song is verse 1. It consists of two similar sentences.
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  • Frozen by Fear

    | Feb 24, 2018
    One of the most paralyzing problems in all of life is fear. Our fears are directed in so many areas: fear of the unknown, fear of calamity, fear of sickness, disease, and death, fear of people, fear of losing our jobs, . . .
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  • Waiting with Patience

    | Feb 23, 2018
    As David concludes his song about the grinding pain of unjust treatment and his chosen responses, he then commits to patience. Resolved: I will patiently stand and wait for relief.
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  • Staying Faithful Together

    | Feb 22, 2018
    David's prayer for protection while enduring mistreatment didn't merely ask God for help; the king's song included a commitment on his part. Resolved: I will be faithful in public worship.
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  • An Attitude of Gratitude

    | Feb 21, 2018
    King David knew the sting of unjust treatment as keenly as anyone in history. To keep mistreatment from undermining his relationship with God, he put some resolutions into a song.
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  • Open before the Lord

    | Feb 20, 2018
    As David endured unfair treatment despite his doing what was right, He cried out to God in the verses of Psalm 26. As we read his anguished lyrics, we will uncover some resolutions David made.
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  • Mistreated, Misjudged, and Maligned

    | Feb 19, 2018
    If I were asked to give a popular title to Psalm 26, it would be: "How to Do Right When You've Been Done Wrong." We have all been "done wrong," haven't we? Maybe that describes your circumstance right now.
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  • The Shepherd Secures the Future

    | Feb 18, 2018
    As David brings his song of the sheep to a close, having reflected on the Lord's faithful care throughout his life, he then considers his future.
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  • The Shepherd Provides Abundantly

    | Feb 17, 2018
    As David's song of the sheep concludes, he suddenly drops the analogy to consider his own experience of God, both as a simple man in need of a Savior and as a king in need of divine guidance.
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  • The Shepherd Restores

    | Feb 16, 2018
    As a former shepherd keeping watch over flocks in the wilderness, the composer of Psalm 23 understood the nature of sheep, including their bad habit of wandering.
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  • In the Shepherd’s Care

    | Feb 15, 2018
    Like many of the songs found in the Bible, Psalm 23 states its case in the first verse and simply verifies it in the remainder of the song. The key thought is this: Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall lack nothing!
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  • The Woeful Song of Frightened Sheep

    | Feb 14, 2018
    I have observed that few inner battles are more fierce than the daily grind of uncertainty. No doubt you, too, have encountered one or more of its many faces as you have struggled with a career choice, new direction in life, . . .
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