Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Psalms 27:1 through 29:11

July 4, 2020

“Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” (Psalm 28:6-7)

Dwight L. Moody, noted American evangelist, was one who found that prayer can bring peace, even in the midst of terrifying circumstances. In November of 1892, Moody was sailing home...

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Daybreak: Psalms 24:1 through 26:12

July 3, 2020

“Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord.” (Psalm 25:7)

In that lovely season when the warmth of summer cools to autumn, there eventually comes a time when the tomato plants catch a fatal chill. The fruit left on the vine turns to mushy, soft globs — and those globs are quite tantalizing to young boys.

One beautiful fall Sunday, as my parents took...

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Daybreak: Psalms 22:1 through 23:6

July 2, 2020

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)

At the start of the Thirty Years’ War of 1618-1648, Martin Rinkart, the son of a poor coppersmith, was called to be a pastor in his hometown of Eilenburg, Germany. Because Eilenburg was a walled city, it became a refuge for political and...

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Daybreak: Psalms 19:1 through 21:13

July 1, 2020

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” (Psalm 19:1)

Some years ago, my brother-in-law inherited a box of family heirlooms, and among the items was an impressive painting signed by his great-grandfather, Charles Heberer. The painting sparked his interest and he began doing research. He learned that Heberer had been a well-known artist in Paris and the United States beginning in the 1890s. His work had appeared in art exhibits and...

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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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