PRAISE BREAK

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 35:18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you.

O-bservation:

For the most part, Psalm 35 is a deep cry from King David's heart to God. He appeals to his Heavenly Father to step up on his behalf against his oppressors from verses 1-17 and from verse 19 to the end of the chapter. However, in this one verse, verse 18, David stops the crying in order to Praise and Thank the Lord. He not only does this in Church but also in the Marketplace.

A-pplication:

"Followers of Jesus" are not unlike everyone else on the planet. Every person alive has a continual series of challenges that has to do with the "Fall of Man" in the "Garden of Eden." What makes us different from the rest of the human race is that we have spiritual weapons we can employ should we choose to use them. Two of those weapons are mentioned here. They are: GRATITUDE and PRAISE. In the middle of every evil force David was facing, he stopped. It's like he took a "Praise Break." The words of this verse seem so Out Of Place in the context of the whole chapter. Yet, this chapter typifies our very existence today. At every point, we are desperate for Our Father's intervention. So don't forget to ... "Stop And Praise Him." In fact, now would be a great time for a "PRAISE BREAK!"

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I just have two things to say this AM. Thank You and Praise You!! Amen
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The God Who Saves Me

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 88:1 Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you.

O-bservation:

Here the Psalmist writes from a troubled place. It’s obvious that nothing he has tried in the natural has worked for him, and he simply says that his God is, “The God Who Saves Me.”

A-pplication:

I know that many people write these daily devotionals, but it just so happens that I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus. Probably that’s meaningful as I’m supposed to be the guy who has it all worked out and never has a problem that isn’t fixed by at least noon each day. The truth is, I fall into the category of being in a state of desperation on a fairly regular basis. Even though the writer of this Psalm ended up getting his cry in the Good Book forever, he still cried in this Psalm. He still felt like nothing he was doing was working, and so he was content to cry to the only One he knew who could really help him. What about you today? Could it be that you are in the same boat that this preacher has experienced? If so, I implore you on this fine morning to simply cry to “The God Who Saves Me.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, Once again this AM I’m laying my life in Your hands. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever stop crying. But until I do, I’ll cry out one more time to You, “The God Who Saves Me.” Amen
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Without Walls

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Here's your 90 second AM devotional!

S-cripture:

Psalm 118:5 When hard pressed I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place.

O-bservation:

Evidently, the Greatest King in Israel's history sensed that his life was slowly closing in on him, to the point that he "Cried Out" to the Lord. As in maybe ... "Oh God I can't take it anymore. I feel boxed in, I'm losing it!" He says God heard him and made him feel, emotionally, like he was living in a "Spacious Place." Probably like an emotional respite "Without Walls."

A-pplication:

Have you ever been sitting in an Open Field or a Huge Warehouse or an Empty Ballpark and had the feeling that you were surrounded by four walls closing quickly in on you? David called it being "Hard Pressed." Pressure from every side was squeezing in on him. He was the King, and where he lived there were Big Open Spaces. Especially the Judean hillsides, where the doldrums seem to continue on endlessly. And still David felt "Walled In" emotionally. He felt like he couldn't breathe. He cried to God in despair and he immediately no longer just saw the Big Open Spaces, he felt the Big Open Spaces. I believe it is God's desire that you live emotionally "Without Walls." If you, like David, are feeling kind of "Hard Pressed," why not just "Cry Out to God." And soon you will say ... "Oh look, a Big Open Space ... I can FEEL it."

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I can see the "Big Spacious Place" before me, but I still feel the walls closing in. Please let me FEEL emotionally what I can SEE physically. Amen
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