I’m working on a new approach to my blog series this year. Personally, I am walking through the Psalms (as I have done many times). These Scriptures have brought tremendous comfort and guidance to so many for so long, so each week this year I will share a couple of brief devotional thoughts from the Psalms. As you read through them, I urge you to reflect, pray, and apply these bits of encouragement.

Reflection 1
Starting the day praising God for His goodness and might is a great way to get my eyes off of self and circumstances. Upward. Onward. Have a great day. God is for you and with you!
“Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.” — Psalm 28:6-8

Reflection 2
It may not always be the first thing that comes to my mind, but it is one thing I’ve learned to be true. Praise produces peace. When I’m in a tight spot or when I’m walking through a tough time, acknowledging the greatness of God and thanking Him for His goodness in my life calms me and quiets my spirit. It reminds me who’s in charge and produces peace in my heart. It seems so obvious, but not always when we’re rattled. Remember today and every day: He is YOUR Peace.
“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” — Psalm 29:2, 11

Reflection 3
The reality of pain and suffering in this life is very hard for many to understand. For some, it means God doesn’t care. To others, it means God is always there. How about you? David knew God was very present in the middle of his pain. He is there for you, too.
“I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help.” You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.” — Psalm 30:1-2, 10-12