Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Psalm 119:1-40

August 12, 2020

“Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.” (Psalm 119:36)

Covetousness — a greedy, acquisitive, avaricious love of money — is an insidious evil. To many individuals who build their lives around acquiring and accumulating wealth, money represents success, power, and prestige; to others, it represents security. John G. Wendel and his sisters may have been in the latter category, although no one knows for sure. Whatever their reasons, they are considered to be among the most...

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Daybreak: Psalms 117:1 through 118:29

August 11, 2020

“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

It was the day after Thanksgiving and I was tired. My head was throbbing, and adding to my woes, I discovered the drain for the kitchen sink had plugged, creating a pool of dirty water several feet wide in the basement. What a mess! It took way too many trips up and down stairs, three excursions...

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Daybreak: Psalms 115:1 through 116:19

August 10, 2020

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15)

John Clasper, known to many as “Brother Scotty,” was a beloved minister in the Apostolic Faith work. When he was about to pass into eternity, the nurse in attendance asked if she could do anything for him. He said, “Just roll back the roof, and let me go!” There was no fear in his heart as he approached the end...

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Daybreak: Psalms 110:1 through 114:8

August 9, 2020

“Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.” (Psalm 112:6)

My parents are buried in a lovely cemetery that is spread across rolling hills and surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens. From time to time, my brother and I go there to honor and reminisce about our mom and dad. Recently we brought flowers they both had loved. As I laid the blooms across the names ...

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Daybreak: Psalms 108:1 through 109:31

August 8, 2020

“Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.” (Psalm 108:12-13)

During World War II, the compassionate and devout family of watchmaker Casper ten Boom provided refuge for people fleeing the Nazi secret police in Holland. A small secret area was created behind one wall of daughter Corrie’s tiny bedroom on the uppermost story of the family...

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Daybreak: Psalm 107:1-43

August 7, 2020

“Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalm 107:8)

Several months ago I read an interesting book titled One Thousand Gifts. The author, Ann Voskamp, related how she had faced some tragic situations in her life, and had many hidden fears. Then a friend challenged her to write down one thing she was thankful for each day. At first Ann wondered if...

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Daybreak: Psalm 106:1-48

August 6, 2020

“Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea. Nevertheless, he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.” (Psalm 106:7-8)

Just as God was merciful to Israel in spite of the people’s repeated rebellion, He continues to call individuals who resist Him. Jim Parr was one who experienced...

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Daybreak: Psalm 105:1-45

August 5, 2020

“Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.” (Psalm 105:3-4)  

Sometimes seeking becomes an urgent priority. Recently when I came home one evening, my wife greeted me with the words, “I have some bad news for you.” (A husband just loves to hear that!) She went on, “I lost a needle today. I think it is somewhere...

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Daybreak: Psalm 104:1-35

August 4, 2020

“Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain.” (Psalm 104:1-2)

“Look at the sky, kids!” Dad exclaimed, drawing our attention to the heavenly scene. Leaving our car and heading toward the house after returning from church, we paused in the yard for as long as...

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Daybreak: Psalms 102:1 through 103:22

August 3, 2020

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” (Psalm 103:2)

How easy it is to forget details that once were important in our lives! A while back, I was trying to locate some maps my wife and I had brought with us when we moved into our current home. As I went through box after box searching for them, it was like looking at an archeological dig of my life. One...

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