Devotional Blog

Psalm 25.

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

The audio file below is the entire episode for today. The text below is today’s prayer. I’m reading the Contemporary English Version of the Text, copyright 1995, by the American Bible Society.

God. Abba. Father.

We put our trust in you, Yahweh, only you. We give you our hearts. Thank you for your promise that all who hope in you will never be put to shame. It is those who are deceitful liars who will be humbled.

We ask you to show us your ways. Show us how you work, God. Lead us. Take us by the hand as a father takes the hand of his young child. Guide us in your truth. Teach us. Thank you for being our hope. You are our Savior.

Remember your patience with us, oh Lord. Thank you for always being kind to us, full of love and mercy. Thank you for your forgiveness and grace. Thank your for leading the humble to do what is right and just. Thank you that every road we travel, as we submit to you and keep your commands, will lead us to your throne.

Thank you, that though our sins are great, you have wiped the slate clean. No, because of Jesus you don’t keep score of our wrongs. He died for us to make peace between us and you. Thank you for showing the way to those who bow before you. Thank you for the assurance that our children will receive a great inheritance. We look to you great King, because you have rescued us. We are in awe of your ways. Help us to fix our eyes on you and you alone.

Show us your care, Lord. Help us to not worry about our daily struggles. Even those conflicts that rage inside us between our heart and our mind. Take away our sins. It seems there are a lot of people who don’t like us because we trust in you. Our enemies are all around. Protect us. Keep us safe. Do not disappoint us. Mend our broken hearts as we run to you. We trust in you alone, knowing you will save us!

Indeed, Yahweh, save Israel, too. We pray for peace in your land. Save your people from its troubles.

In Jesus name, Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 24.

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

The audio file below is the entire episode for today. The text below is today’s prayer. I’m reading the Contemporary English Version of the Text, copyright 1995, by the American Bible Society.

God. Abba. Father.

the earth. You know and love each one. You call us by name. You created rivers and oceans, mountains and valleys. And everything in between.

We ask with the Psalmist: who made climb the hill of the Lord? Who is holy enough? Who may enter His  sanctuary? You have decreed that it is only those who have clean hands and a pure heart. It is only those who do right and who do not lie. But the truth is, Father, that none of us can meet such requirements. So, it is only your Son, Jesus who may ascend your holy mountain. And, by His grace, it is all of us who have bowed our knee to Him.

We are humbled by the blessings you give to us through Jesus. You will reward us because we worship you and serve you. We ask you to open the gates of heaven, your holy gates, so that, as we seek your face, we may enter. Yes, we are called royalty because of Jesus.

But the ultimate king is our Messiah, King Jesus. He is strong and mighty. He is the One who is lifted up and honored above all. He is the only one worthy. He is our king, now, coming again, and forever!

It is Jesus! Your son. Our savior. Hallelujah!

Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 23.

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

The audio file below is the entire episode for today. The text below is today’s prayer. I’m reading the Contemporary English Version of the Text, copyright 1995, by the American Bible Society.

God. Abba. Father.

Thank you, Lord, that you are our shepherd. You guide us along the path of life with love and care. We truly have everything we need. Thank you for giving us places and seasons of rest when we need it. Help us to make time for rest. Thank you for refreshing our souls when we take time to drink of your living water. Help us to make time for your word. Resting in your arms is always revitalizing.

Thank you for giving us your Holy Spirit and leading us to make right choices. Even when our paths take us to dark and desperate, or even lonely places, we need not be afraid for you are with us. We find comfort in you, always. We find safety in you, always. We find security in you, always.

Thank you for setting a banquet of blessings in front of us. Thank you for honoring us as your guests. We don’t deserve any honor in your presence, oh Lord. But you have anointed us, you have set us aside as your children and we have blessings and more blessings at your hand.

You are so kind to us. Your love chases us down each day. With outstretched hands we receive your grace in abundance. And because of the sacrifice of Jesus, we are confident of this: we will live forever with you! We can’t imagine the beauty of your Throne, but we know we get to be there for all eternity. And we are thankful, so very thankful!

Because of Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 22.

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

The audio file below is the entire episode for today. The text below is today’s prayer. I’m reading the Contemporary English Version of the Text, copyright 1995, by the American Bible Society.

God. Abba. Father.

We read this Psalm and we recall your Son who cried out these very words from the cross. And for us, as was true for David, when we feel like we are alone and far away, our spirits are reminded that we truly are never alone. Thanks to your Son, who breathed on us, and sent the Holy Spirit, you are always with us. Thank you that these words remind us of your promise in Matthew 28:20 that you are with us always. Even when we are restless and consumed with anxious thoughts. Even when the day’s stresses carry over  to our bed at night.

We agree with David in proclaiming that you are the holy God, ruling from your throne of Grace and praised by people around the globe. Thank you for stories of your faithfulness in previous generations. Thank you, God, that even when we cry out, as we trust in you, you save us, you do not let us down.

Some days we feel like we are nothing. Some days we feel like we are being stepped on by strangers and loved ones alike. Some days we feel like we are rejected and hated by everyone. We know that you do not reject us. You have loved us from the moment you conceived us in our mother’s womb. From the day we were born you have cared for us. You care for us now. You care for us today. Thank you.

We confess that some days we do not have the strength to get out of bed. Our bodies ache and are lips are parched. Lord, do not be far from us. Deliver us. Rescue us. We long to tell others the story of our deliverance. We long to report the good news of how you answered our prayers, how you healed our bodies, saved our marriage, brought our children to your grace, provided for all our needs. We will declare your goodness to the ends of the earth.

You are in control. You are the ruler of all the nations. Even today, when chaos and anarchy appear to reign. We trust in you. We bow down to your holy name and your holy name alone.

And to future generations, they too, will worship you and proclaim that you are the One True God. They will shout of the good things that you have done!

In Jesus and Through Jesus. Amen!

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 21.

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

The audio file below is the entire episode for today. The text below is today’s prayer. I’m reading the Contemporary English Version of the Text, copyright 1995, by the American Bible Society.

God. Abba. Father.

We thank you today that the only strength we have is because you are our strength. In our weaknesses, we find strength, we find your grace and your hope. We rejoice in our salvation, through your Son, our Messiah. Thank you, Lord, for giving us our heart’s desire. When our requests match your will for us, you are quick to say “Yes! and Amen!”

We thank you that you have blessed us on earth, but you have even greater rewards waiting for us in heaven. We will wear a crown of life, eternal life. We will enjoy spiritual riches that we cannot fathom. Thank you that we are honored only because Jesus is honored. You have made us glad. Our heart rejoices! We trust you and only you. Your kindness brings us favor and victory.

Thank you, Jesus, for conquering death. Thank you for defeating the enemy. Thank you for your grace that will receive anyone who turns to you. Thank you for righting wrongs. Thank you that even when others plot harm, only you can turn evil into good. For your glory.

Show your strength, Yahweh! Be exalted! We will proclaim the news of your great love for all of us! We will rejoice in your power and provision. Now and forever.

We thank you today that the only strength we have is because you are our strength. In our weaknesses, we find strength, we find your grace and your hope. We rejoice in our salvation, through your Son, our Messiah. Thank you, Lord, for giving us our heart’s desire. When our requests match your will for us, you are quick to say “Yes! and Amen!”

We thank you that you have blessed us on earth, but you have even greater rewards waiting for us in heaven. We will wear a crown of life, eternal life. We will enjoy spiritual riches that we cannot fathom. Thank you that we are honored only because Jesus is honored. You have made us glad. Our heart rejoices! We trust you and only you. Your kindness brings us favor and victory.

Thank you, Jesus, for conquering death. Thank you for defeating the enemy. Thank you for your grace that will receive anyone who turns to you. Thank you for righting wrongs. Thank you that even when others plot harm, only you can turn evil into good. For your glory.

Show your strength, Yahweh! Be exalted! We will proclaim the news of your great love for all of us! We will rejoice in your power and provision. Now and forever.

Through Jesus and because of Jesus. Amen!

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 20

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

The audio file below is the entire episode for today. The text below is today’s prayer. I’m reading the Contemporary English Version of the Text, copyright 1995, by the American Bible Society.

God. Abba. Father.

Hear our prayer. Turn your ear toward us. Today. And anytime we are in distress, or in trouble, or in pain. Keep us safe. Send us your divine help from your holy mountain. Come to our rescue.

Accept our offerings of praise. Accept our sacrifices of time. Be pleased with our gifts.

Humbly we ask that you might give us the desires of our hearts. May all our plans succeed. So that then, we may celebrate you and shout for joy over all you have done for us. May we lift up your holy name! Please, God, hear our prayers. May we trust that you will work everything out for your glory and our good.

We trust you. You will save us. Not the things of our hands. We do not trust in machines or inanimate objects. We know that we will stumble and fall if we put our trust in the things of man. No, we will only trust in you. We proclaim that we will be strong and we will, by your grace, stand firm, as we trust in you and you alone.

Thank you that we can be assured we will have the victory, we will have success, as you hear our cries and answer our prayers.

To God be the glory! In Jesus’ name.

Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 19.

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

The audio file below is the entire episode for today. The text below is today’s prayer. I’m reading the Contemporary English Version of the Text, copyright 1995, by the American Bible Society.

God. Abba. Father.

The heavens rejoice day after day. We look up and we see how glorious you are! We see the beauty in the morning sunrise and the evening sunset. From day to night, silently, they reveal your greatness and your truth! From the east to the west, all around the globe, your name is praised by the clouds and the sky! This earth is like a dome, a tent. The sun brings heat and warmth for plants and animals and us. It draws us to you daily.

Your Word, Lord is truth. Everything makes sense through your Word. You give wisdom to each one of us, ordinary people. And it refreshes our souls. Your teachings make our hearts glad. Your instruction is worth more than the finest gold and silver.  All of your decisions are fair and true. We worship you, always.

Thank you for your great forgiveness. Fill us with your Holy Spirit. Don’t let sin bring us down to ruin. Don’t let sin have control over our lives. Let us start and end each day innocent of any transgression.

May the words of this prayer be written on our hearts, not just empty words. We proclaim that you are our rock, our protector, and the One who redeems us. Through the blood of Jesus. Amen!

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 18. Part two.

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

The audio file below is the entire episode for today. The text below is today’s prayer. I’m reading the Contemporary English Version of the Text, copyright 1995, by the American Bible Society.

God. Abba. Father.

Your ways are perfect. Your ways are just. Your road stretches straight and smooth for miles and miles. Thank you for this promise: “Everyone who runs to you, makes it.” Everyone. When we feel defeated or weary, we know we can run to you and we will eventually fall into your open and loving arms. You are the One True God. You are the Mighty Rock. There is none like you! You have rescued us. Thank you. Our footing is firm and secure.

You have given us the strength and the tools to defeat our enemies. With your Holy Spirit guiding us, we are like deer, who can gracefully and skillfully scamper up to the highest mountain top! And what a view! You have given us your Word, which allows us to be strong in battle. We hold tightly to our shields of faith. Your Son, Jesus, sustains us. The enemy turns back because we are covered in your armor.

We are considered royalty, because of you, Oh God. We will praise you everywhere we go. From one nation to another we will sing of your glory, we will lift up your name around the world. You have given us victory! And we thank you for the promise that you have shown your unfailing love to your children, the descendants of David. From Jesus to each one of us who call out to Him.

And it is in Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 18. Part one.

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

The audio file below is the entire episode for today. The text below is today’s prayer. I’m reading the Contemporary English Version of the Text, copyright 1995, by the American Bible Society.

God. Abba. Father.

We love you Yahweh! You are our strength, our rock, our fortress, our shelter, our shield, our safe place. You are where we run to when we’ve run out of places to run. We praise you because you have saved us from death. When we’ve made decisions that were certain to cause great harm to us or those we loved, you have stepped in, forgiven us and delivered us. You heard our cries for help when we were in trouble. From your holy throne, we had an audience with you of one. Because you love us so!

Your anger is just and holy. The mountains shake. The earth trembles at what you see from on high. God we know that in the unseen world you move mountains. You swoop in with angels aplenty. You fly on the wings of the wind to bring righteous destruction to those who oppose your holy ways. With bolts of lightening you rout your enemies, our enemies.

We are truly humbled, Lord, because you lift us up. You reached down from heaven and caught us from drowning in the deep waters of depression, anxiety, stress, failure, poverty, illness. You have made a way to rescue each one of us, because of your great delight in us, your children! Thank you for defending us. Thank you for giving us a fresh start each day. Thank you for rewarding us. We are seen as innocent in your eyes only because of the grace of Jesus!

Thank you that to the faithful, you show yourself as faithful. To the pure you show yourself as pure. Thank you for saving those who are humble, but in your right place you bring low those who are haughty and devious.

Thank you for keeping our lamps burning brightly. Your ways are holy and just. Your glory shines all around. Because of our savior, Jesus. In whose name we pray. Amen.

Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

Psalm 17

We’re reading through, and with intentionality, praying through the Psalms during this school year. There are 150 Psalms, divided into 180 different readings. See this post for more info.

The audio file below is the entire episode for today. The text below is today’s prayer. I’m reading the Contemporary English Version of the Text, copyright 1995, by the American Bible Society.

God. Abba. Father.

Thank you for Jesus. It’s only because of Him that you see us as innocent. Hear our prayers, Lord. Yes, only you say we are forgiven; only your eyes see what is right. Examine our hearts. You know that even during the night, when evil is more rampant, you know that we are pure in heart. We do what we can to speak positively and without malice. We do our best to follow your teachings and to not grow weak or stumble.

Lord, we pray to you, the One True God, because we know that you listen to us. You help us when we call out to you. You turn your ear towards us. You turn your eyes to us as well. You show us the wonders of your grace and love. We thank you that your mighty right hand protects us as we shelter under the shadows of your outstretched wings of mercy and truth.

Our enemies would love to get the best of us, would love to defeat us, would love to thwart us from doing what is right. Their hearts are hard. They are determined to smear us in the dust of the earth. They hide, stalk and crouch like a jungle animal. Rise up, Yahweh! Come to our defense. Defeat our foes. It is only by your hand that the necks of the wicked will be broken.

Thank you that you give us more than enough. Our children and grandchildren too! Thank you that through the blood of the Lamb, the sacrifice by Jesus, we are without blemish as well. We are innocent. And one day, we will see you face to face. One day, we’ll see your Kingdom come, on earth, as it is in Heaven.

By the grace of the Messiah, in whose name we pray.

Amen.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.