"Hopeless" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 69, verses 1 through 4. Most people, even at a relatively young age, understand the feeling of life becoming completely hopeless. It is one thing to be in such a situation because of our own bad decisions, but what if we are facing untold troubles through no fault of our own? That is exactly where we find David in Psalm 69.
"Blessed Be God" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 68, verses 30 through 35. David, one of the greatest kings of Israel, a man after God's own heart, continually encouraged the people to return to their First Love, saying, "Blessed be God, for He, alone, gives Israel its strength and power." The real question each one of us must answer, however, is, what do we believe? Do we mouth the words of David, shown above, while living exactly the opposite?
"Bless God" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 68, verses 24 through 29. As Christians, we must remember that all of our strength, hope, and power comes from God, alone. We must be so very careful that we do not add the gods of this world to the mixture, incorporating them into our everyday life and practice--and even into our worship.
"No Hiding Place" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 68, verses 21 through 23. In a sense, one could say that, in the eyes of God, this world is transparent. Nothing done on this earth is hidden from God, and nothing is found on this earth if God has not allowed it to be found. Remember, we are not just speaking of actions, but also our inner consciences as well, for God knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts.
"God of Salvation" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 68, verses 19 and 20. We are so comfortable in this world in which we live that we cannot see the proverbial wood for the trees. The effects of the fall of man, not only on man himself, but on all of nature are so much a part of our everyday lives, that we cannot imagine a truly perfect world. God is Holy, Righteous, and filled with goodness and truth. In Him is no darkness at all.
"God Lives Among Us" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 68, verses 15 through 18. We may not have the opportunity, as did the children of Israel, to see God's presence on Mount Sinai, but we can be assured that God lives among us today just as assuredly as He lived among the children of Israel. Our God is actively involved and aware of every facet of our lives. How amazing is that?
"The Lord Gave" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 68, verses 11 through 14. David continues Psalm 68 with some general comments that are not surprising coming from a man of war. He understood that, no matter what the outcome may be, the Lord gave the victory or allowed the defeat. When armies fled, it was due to the power of God, and when kings were scattered, the victory was again the Lord's victory.
"Goodness of God" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 68, verses 7 through 10. It must have been an incredible time! The children of Israel, as many in number as the stars in the sky, marched through the desert for 40 years! In all of that time God appeared to them as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. The earth shook with His presence, at His command manna fell from the heavens, and even Mt Sinai itself was moved by the God of Israel. In such a time as this, how could they ever forget the goodness of God?
"Holy Habitation" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 68, verses 5 and 6. What an amazing God we serve! He sits in His holy habitation and brings justice to His children. To the fatherless He is a father, to the widows He is a just judge, He grants families to the solitary, and He sets free those who have been imprisoned unjustly. However, those who rebel against Him dwell in a dry land.
"Presence of God" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 68, verses 1 through 4. The Israelites were frightened by the presence of God; even Moses' shining face resulting from His contact with God made them uneasy. However, for the righteous, the presence of God is a wondrous thing. We rejoice in His awesome power and might, and are cloaked in peace when surrounded with His perfect righteousness.
"Peace on Earth" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 67, verses 5 through 7. These verses seem to come right out of a fairy tale, do they not? Is the psalmist really saying that a time will come on this earth when all of the earth shall fear Him? Yes, that is exactly what the psalmist is saying! We hear a lot of talk about peace on earth, especially this time of the year, but it hardly seems possible that such a thing could ever happen. However, these verses are dealing with more than just peace on earth; these verses are speaking of a time when all of the people on the earth will fear God.
"Judge Righteously" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 67, verses 3 and 4. Though while on this earth we only see through a glass darkly, we can be assured that God's Word is true; everything He has ordained will come to pass. God does, indeed, judge the nations, and He will judge righteously. We are on the victorious side; God rules both now, and forever more!
"Thy Way" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 67, verses 1 and 2. Tucked in between two much longer Psalms, is this short Psalm, just seven verses long, but filled with great depth and encouragement. The psalmist begins by pleading for God's mercy, His blessing, and that His face would shine upon us. What is the value of life apart from the Lord? In truth, there is no life apart from the Lord. Unless our life is filled with God's mercies and blessings, it becomes just a bleak subsistence!
"Sin and Prayer" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 66, verses 13 through 20. What is the relationship between sin and prayer? The psalmist certainly alludes to it in Psalm 66 when he says, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me." Could it be that the same relationship between sin and prayer exists today? During those times in which it seems as though our prayers just bounce off the ceiling, it would be good for us to have a time of self-examination.
"Holds Our Soul" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 66, verses 8 through 12. Because we have souls, we are eternal beings. It is true that our body suffers death, but our soul lives forever. Therefore, our consciousness does not end at death. The very part of you that thinks, and is aware of your surroundings is the part of you that will live on forever! Understanding that helps us to realize the importance of Psalm 66:9. As Christians, God holds our soul.
"Works of God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 66, verses 5 through 7. As we read the Old Testament stories displaying the wondrous works of God on behalf of His people, it is appropriate to ask ourselves, where is God today? Does He still work on behalf of His people today, causing some nations to rise while allowing others to fall?
"All the Earth" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 66, verses 1 through 4. The psalmist in Psalm 66 reminds us that man will not always be so ignorant. Though most may reject Christ all of their lives, the time will come at the end of the age, when all the earth will bow down and worship the Lord.
"Come Ye Thankful" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 65, verses 9 through 13. Take some time today, in the busyness of the holiday, to walk outside and enjoy the lovely earth God has provided for us. Just imagine what it would be like without the sound of the birds or without the trees and flowers that dress the land. Even in the winter, the whiteness of the snow provides a stunning display of God's beautiful handiwork.
"God Our Confidence" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 65, verses 5 through 8. God bases His decisions upon righteousness. There is not even a shadow of turning in God! No matter how such decisions may appear or affect each individual, they are still the right decisions to make. That should be the determining factor for all of our decision-making as well, but the difficulty lies in our own lack of ability to always discern what is the righteous decision to make.
"Choices" is the title of the KJV video devotion from Psalm 65, verse 4. God makes choices! Just as God chose a people for Himself, beginning with the call of Abraham, so He continued to make choices throughout the life of Christ, and will continue even unto the end of time. David, being a king, understood the sovereignty of God. As king, he made many choices; choices which had a profound effect upon his subjects.
"Praise unto Thee" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 65, verses 1 through 3. However, Christ, our Hope and our Light, has purged our iniquities away! His death on the cross has conquered the sin and death that seeks to slay us. Indeed, unto Christ has all flesh gone; only in Him have all men found the one, true source of all hope, peace, and joy by having their sins removed, as far as the east is from the west! Truly, to God alone, we say, “I offer all of my praise unto Thee!”
"All Men Shall Fear" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 64, verses 7 through 10. Yes, the day will come when all men shall fear, but for the children of God, that fear is a fear of honor and respect for God and for the Lord Jesus Christ. In Him is all the fullness of love, joy, and peace. In Him we can rest both now and forever more!
"Heart of Man" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 64, verses 5 and 6. What is the true heart of man? We all want to believe that all men are basically good, and that, in their heart of hearts, they want what is the best for all people. The Bible, however, never points to the heart of man as being basically good. The heart of man, left to itself, is only evil continually.
"Fear" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 64, verses 1 through 4. Sadly, it does not seem to take Satan much effort at all to fill our hearts and lives with fear and thereby to keep us from living and serving the God we love. We think far too much of what the world considers right and proper, and are far too willing to keep from doing things that might cause others to laugh at us or to ridicule us. How much more are we stopped from serving the Lord if we perceive that we might actually be in physical danger?
"Rejoice in God" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 63, verses 9 through 11. David was the God-ordained king, and no man could overthrow him. Does God work on our behalf in the same way? Yes! God has a specific purpose for every single one of His children. No man can destroy what God has purposed. As children of God, we are safely nestled in His hands until the day He has ordained, before time began, that our life on this earth shall end.
"History with God" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 63, verses 6 through 8. David had a history with God; when he had one of those nights that he just could not sleep, he would meditate upon God, remembering God's faithfulness to him. Most of us can identify with David, can we not? How many nights do we either have trouble falling asleep, or when waking in the middle of the night have trouble going back to sleep?
"Better Than Life" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 63, verses 3 through 5. As I read the words from Psalm 63 shown above, I thought about my own walk with the Lord. Is the lovingkindness of God better than life to me? Sometimes the best way to consider our blessings is to think of what life would be without them. What would life be without God? I shudder to even think such a thing. Even so, how often do we, as Christians, live our lives as though God does not exist.
"Dry and Thirsty Land" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 63, verses 1 and 2. We live in a dry and thirsty land today; no matter where we may physically live on this earth, apart from God it is dry and parched, for only in Christ does the water of life flow freely. Christ, the Water of Life, fills our hearts, our minds, and our souls with His love and grace. That is the reason we are here, and that is the news we must share with those who have no hope.
"Unto Thee" is the name of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 62, verses 9 through 12. As we look upon our lives and gaze into the future, what keeps us going? What gives us the hope and strength to continue on? It would seem that David, the psalmist, was pondering such things when he wrote the words to Psalm 62. He certainly could not trust in men, whether they were of a low or a high degree. Neither could David trust in oppression or riches. Just as in the time of David, we must raise our eyes to heaven today and say, "Unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work."
"God Is Our Refuge" is the title of this KJV video devotion from Psalm 62, verses 5 through 8. It is interesting to note that, in the verses shown above from Psalm 62, David is speaking to his soul. This is not a message he is proclaiming from the rooftops to thousands of people, but rather a message he is addressing to his own heart of hearts, and what a powerful message it is! All of his expectations are from God.