I’m working on a new approach to my blog series this year and using the Psalms to do so. The Psalms have brought tremendous comfort and guidance to so many for so long. Join me in taking a fresh look at each Psalm. As you read through them, I urge you to reflect, pray, and apply these devotional bits of encouragement to your own life. Today, we study and reflect on Psalms 37, 38, and 39.

Reflection 1
This Psalm is a great prayer to start each day. Pray that your desires match up with God’s desires for you. “God, may the very things I desire be what you desire for me.” Trust in the Lord, take delight in Him, and commit to Him. These are powerful keys to living a successful life.
“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him;” — Psalms 37:3-6, 23

Reflection 2
David’s life is not all rosy. Just read Psalm 38 to refresh your memory. Even in the down times, he knows God is near. Even in the hard times, he knows God is with him and for him. This truth is so important to remember. We only fall as far as His outstretched arms. Be encouraged. Be truly thankful for your God who never leaves you. You are never alone.
“Lord, do not forsake me; do not be far from me, my God. Come quickly to help me, my Lord and my Savior.” — Psalms 38:21-22

Reflection 3
Legacy is a word and concept far too few think about. What on earth are you here for? We are here to make a difference, and to impact others for God and for good. Today is a great day to pray, evaluate, and chart a new and expanded path for you to be a difference maker. Start a new and better habit, scale a new mountain, step out on a new journey. Don’t stay static. Grow! Give more and serve more! Where is He calling you to step up and move forward?
“Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.” — Psalms 39:4-5