Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Psalm 18:1-50

June 30, 2020

“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” (Psalm 18:2)

Our family went camping every summer when I was growing up, and over the years we visited many scenic locations around the country. My favorite area was Yosemite Valley in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California — in fact, I still consider that...

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Daybreak: Psalms 14:1 through 17:15

June 29, 2020

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

What do you need to survive? Beyond that, what do you need to feel fulfilled? Most people would answer the first question similarly: food, water, and shelter. To the second question, however, the answers would vary. 

In the 1950s, American psychologist Abraham Maslow studied a group of...

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Daybreak: Psalms 10:1 through 13:6

June 28, 2020

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)

In the early 1980s a series of earthquakes occurred in the Portland area, and my husband and I decided we should add earthquake coverage to our homeowner’s policy. We called our insurance company, and in a few days an appraiser came out to inspect our home. To our surprise, we were denied coverage! The company deemed the foundation of our three-story home not...

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Daybreak: Psalms 8:1 through 9:20

June 27, 2020

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)

While serving in the Air Force during World War II, John Peterson’s fellow airmen called him “Deacon” because of his habit of reading the Bible every morning. John did not resent that nickname because he knew...

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Daybreak: Psalms 5:1 through 7:17

June 26, 2020

“The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.” (Psalm 6:9)

On December 9, 1911, a terrible explosion roared through the Cross Mountain Mine in Coal Creek, Tennessee. Eighty-nine miners had gone into the mine that morning, and all were presumed dead. 

When a local Methodist minister heard about the tragedy, he immediately went to the mine to offer prayer and spiritual support to the families who had assembled at the entrance. As...

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Daybreak: Psalms 1:1 through 4:8

June 25, 2020

“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8)

Have you ever had a night when you tossed and turned in bed for what seemed like hours? Perhaps you found yourself glancing repeatedly at the clock, wondering why you could not seem to doze off. Countless factors can interfere with a good night’s sleep — from...

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Daybreak: Song of Solomon 6:4 through 8:14

June 24, 2020

“Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.” (Song of Solomon 8:7)

Many years ago, in a Newfoundland fishing settlement with less than one hundred people, God called a man named Noah to minister in the little church there. His assistant was a young woman named Rachel. During the course of time, as the...

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Daybreak: Song of Solomon 3:1 through 6:3

June 23, 2020

“Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.” (Song of Solomon 4:7)

My father-in-law spent twenty years of his married life in a culture where at that time speaking favorably about one’s wife was considered improper, and compliments from others about her were immediately dismissed outright. Furthermore, men in that country never showed any public indicator of affection or appreciation toward their spouses — in fact, women typically walked three or four steps...

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Daybreak: Song of Solomon 1:1 through 2:17

June 22, 2020

“As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.” (Song of Solomon 2:3)

As children, many of us heard fairy tales which featured a prince falling in love with a beautiful princess, overcoming obstacles to win her hand in marriage, and...

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Daybreak: Ecclesiastes 11:1 through 12:14

June 21, 2020

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

I spent a number of years in the banking industry, where I had a colleague whose response to any proposed program or initiative was, “What’s the bottom line?” This...

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