A Spacious Place

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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:

Throughout King David's life, we read of times when he was between a "Rock and a Hard Place." In this passage, he calls it being ... "Hard Pressed." During those times it was David's "Modus Operandi" to cry out to God for HELP. And whenever he did, he testifies that God would inevitably bring him into ... "A Spacious Place."

A-pplication:

Right now, you are probably going through a list of events in your life where you were ... "Hard Pressed." The question is: what did you do? What do people do in general, when they find themselves between a "Rock and a Hard Place?" Some begin to drink too much. Others join a Health Club, thinking the exercise will relieve their stress. Still others separate from friends and family who love them, and look for a "New Team." David didn't do that, and I hope you won't either. When the King was "Hard Pressed," he cried out to the "King of Kings" and Jesus heard him. The Lord relieved the stress, took the problem away, and brought him into "A Spacious Place." Enjoy your SPACE today. God made it happen just for YOU.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I never stop crying to You for help. Especially when I'm "Hard Pressed." Thanks to You today, I'm enjoying lots of SPACE. Amen
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Without Walls

S. O. A. P

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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