Psalm 86:11-13

Teach me Your way, O LORD, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name. I will praise You, O LORD my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your name forever. For great is Your love toward me, you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.

Friday, April 22, 2011


 Now the LORD gave the following instructions to Moses and Aaron while they were still in the land of Egypt:  "From now on, this month will be the first month of the year for you.  Announce to the whole community that on the tenth day of this month each family must choose a lamb or a young goat for a sacrifice.  If a family is too small to eat an entire lamb, let them share the lamb with another family in the neighborhood. Whether or not they share in this way depends on the size of each family and how much they can eat.  This animal must be a one-year-old male, either a sheep or a goat, with no physical defects.  "Take special care of these lambs until the evening of the fourteenth day of this first month. Then each family in the community must slaughter its lamb.  They are to take some of the lamb's blood and smear it on the top and sides of the doorframe of the house where the lamb will be eaten.  That evening everyone must eat roast lamb with bitter herbs and bread made without yeast.  The meat must never be eaten raw or boiled; roast it all, including the head, legs, and internal organs.  Do not leave any of it until the next day. Whatever is not eaten that night must be burned before morning.  "Wear your traveling clothes as you eat this meal, as though prepared for a long journey. Wear your sandals, and carry your walking sticks in your hands. Eat the food quickly, for this is the LORD's Passover.  On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and kill all the firstborn sons and firstborn male animals in the land of Egypt. I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt, for I am the LORD!  The blood you have smeared on your doorposts will serve as a sign. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.  (Exodus 12:1-13 NLT)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Let All People Praise the Lord

"Praise, the LORD, all you Gentiles!  Laud Him, all you peoples!  For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the LORD endures forever.  Praise the LORD!  (Psalm 117:1-2 NKJV)

Because of the gift God has given us in Christ, all Gentiles should praise Him!  For He has provided salvation to us all.  His merciful kindness truly is great toward us!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

O LORD, Truly I Am Your Servant

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.  O Lord, truly I am your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds.  I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.  I will pay my vows to the LORD now in the presence of all His people, in the courts of the LORD's house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.  Praise the LORD!"  Psalm 116:15-19 NKJV

Have you ever wondered how the psalmist could offer such devotion and praise to God when he mentions death?  Maybe he understood that to be 'absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.' and maybe he knew that 'death has lost its sting'.  Many times, we focus on earthly things because that is what we see and touch and hear but for Christians, there is so much more!  We have life after death.  Let's try to focus on eternal things today!

Monday, April 18, 2011

I Will Take Up the Cup of Salvation

"What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits toward me?  I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.  I will pay my vows to the LORD now in the presence of all His people."  Psalm 116:12-14 NKJV

How can we show our gratitude for all God has done for us?  We can rejoice in our salvation, call upon the name of the LORD and let our life be a witness for Christ!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

For You Have Delivered My Soul

"For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.  I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.  I believed, therefore I spoke, 'I am greatly afflicted.'  I said in my haste, 'All men are liars.'"  Psalm 116:8-11 NKJV

Do you cry out to God for help when you are in trouble?  The psalmist believed God and cried out to Him when he was afflicted.  Have you ever chosen to believe God when others thought it was foolish?

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Gracious is the Lord

"Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yes, our God is merciful.  The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.  Return to your rest, O my soul, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you."  Psalm 116:5-7 NKJV

Isn't it wonderful to know that when we are 'low' God saves us?  In this passage, the simple may refer to the humble or those with childlike faith.  I am asking myself if I have childlike faith because I want the last part of that passage, 'return to your rest, O my soul, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.'  Rest.  Doesn't that sound marvelous?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Then I Called Upon the Name of the LORD

"The pains of death surrounded me, and the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow.  Then I called upon the name of the LORD: 'O LORD, I implore You, deliver my soul!'"  Psalm 116:3-4 NKJV

When was the last time you were in pain and anguish?  Is it now?  Is trouble and sorrow surrounding you?  God is able to deliver us out of all our troubles.  Psalm 34:15-19 says, "The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.  The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.  The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.  The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.  Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all."  Take comfort and know that God will deliver you!