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day 19


Psalm 145:17-20 (NLT)
The Lord is righteous in everything he does;
he is filled with kindness.
The Lord is close to all who call on him,
yes, to all who call on him in truth.
He grants the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cries for help and rescues them.
The Lord protects all those who love him,
but he destroys the wicked.

daily devotional

When life falls apart, what do you do? All of us face hard circumstances and some of these are very painful situations that last a long time. Unless we have a purposeful focus, joy can fade, and hope may seem unattainable. 

King David experienced extreme hardships, including the grief of losing both a child and a best friend. He also endured Saul’s attempts to kill him and, later, a rebellion led by his own son. Yet even in hard times, David found hope and peace in God. 

Why was David able to trust in the Lord? Because he knew how to meditate. That is, he focused his mind and spirit on God’s character, ways, and will to know the Lord better and obey Him. 

What do you think about during the day? Do you set aside time to dwell solely on Jesus? Remind yourself periodically to bring your attention back to the Creator? One way to do this is to read several psalms and notice how the author refocuses on Almighty God. 

By continually focusing on God, David found peace in the midst of turmoil. We would be wise to follow his example. During times of difficulty, set your eyes on the Father and meditate on His Word.

Resource: In Touch Ministries ©2023

God, you are so amazingly wonderful! You are a good, good Father! You are so kind, so forgiving, so great, and so perfect in every way. All you do is flawless. Thank you that I can call on You at any time and You hear my prayers. Help me to call on You more often, talk with You more intimately, and walk with You more closely.

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