Today's reading: Psalm 68:1-35

Since Psalm 68 is so rich with information, I decided to spend another day considering what we can take away from this psalm about following God. I mentioned yesterday how this is a praising of God for His provision throughout time--past, present and future. And today as I read, it was that future portion of praise that drew me in. David's song exudes confident anticipation of what God will do (of things yet to take place) going forward. It's an example that we would be good for us to adopt and put into practice.

Is praising and praying to God with confident anticipation of what He is going to do in the future something you do? As you pray this week, will you join me in telling God that you trust Him, and that you are confident about what He is doing in your life and what He has for your future? Tami

Our Forever God

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Today's reading: Psalm 68:1-35

There is quite a bit going on in Psalm 68 which puts before us a praising of God for what He will do, what He is doing and what He has done. What I particularly liked about this psalm was all of the little pieces of information about God and His character that are woven into the psalmist's praise. These three things are what stood out prominently to me:

  • That God, in His goodness, has and will provide for the needy (vs. 10);
  • That God is great and powerful beyond our human comprehension--"The chariots of God are twice ten thousand, thousands upon thousands..." (vs. 17); and
  • That God, who is our salvation, bears us up daily (vs. 19).

Thank you, God, for showing and reminding me, yet again, that You are trustworthy, You are capable and that You have every detail of my life securely in the palm of Your hand!

Identify two to three things you learned or noticed about God from this psalm? What encouraged you the most from Psalm 68 today, and why? Tami

Walking Rightly

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Today's reading: Proverbs 28:6, Proverbs 28:18

"Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways" (Proverbs 28:6).

"Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall" (Proverbs 28:18).

Who do you know that models or demonstrates walking in integrity? Based on these verses, what is God's view of integrity? How would you explain the importance of having integrity and living according to it to someone? Tami

Instruction Needed

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Today's reading: Proverbs 13:1, Proverbs 13:10, Proverbs 13:18

"A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke" (Proverbs 13:1).

"By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom" (Proverbs 13:10).

"Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored" (Proverbs 13:18).

Part of living wisely is being open to receiving instruction from other people (people who have experienced things we haven't, people who have training in particular subjects or areas, people who have a strong relationship with God, people who are gifted in the areas of discernment and wisdom). Yet all too often, we get caught up in thinking that we know best. It's not a wise mindset and it can lead us off course pretty quickly. So I was thankful for the reminder today that if we want to live wisely, we need to be seeking out and then taking in advice and instruction from wise people around us.

How open are you to receiving advice from others? Who do you know that would be a good source of advice or instruction for you? Think back over the past year or so. What's one example of where instruction or advice you received and acted on was of benefit to you? Tami

Planning For Joy

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Today's reading: Proverbs 12:20

"Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy" (Proverbs 12:20).

The final few words of Proverbs 12:20 seemed to jump off the page at me this morning. As we start out each day, we all have some sort of plan in mind. We know when we need to get up, we have a routine of getting ready for work or school, we know how we're getting where we need to go, and once we arrive at our destination, our day is structured with routine until it's time for us to once again fall into bed so we can do it all over again the following day. Sounds pretty mundane and boring... but it doesn't have to be, which leads me to Proverbs 12:20.

What Proverbs 12:20 shows us is that in the midst of all of our daily schedules, routines and plans, we should also be thinking about and planning how everything we do can be accomplished with God's peace--speaking kind and encouraging words, having a loving approach, maintaining a generous and helping attitude, thinking about the needs and interests of the people around us. When we're intentional to make living with God's peace part of every detail of our daily lives, the result will be having joy in and through all of our circumstances.

How have you experienced the words of Proverbs 12:20, "but those who plan peace have joy"? Who do you know whose lifestyle models this verse? What's one thing you can/will do to "plan peace" into your schedule this week? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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