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Psalms & Proverbs

A song to sing, a map to follow, and a Savior to serve

It is my prayer that you begin to weave Psalms and Proverbs together in your daily devotions. With that in mind, we present a short reading from each book for every day during the month of August. For a complete reading plan of both books in 31 days, request your copy of The Focused Life today.

August 2017 Reading Plan

August

Psalm 76:1-6, 79:5-8

1God is honored in Judah;
his name is great in Israel.
2Jerusalem is where he lives;
Mount Zion is his home.
3There he has broken the fiery arrows of the enemy,
the shields and swords and weapons of war. Interlude
4You are glorious and more majestic
than the everlasting mountains.
5Our boldest enemies have been plundered.
They lie before us in the sleep of death.
No warrior could lift a hand against us.
6At the blast of your breath, O God of Jacob,
their horses and chariots lay still.

Psalm 79:5-8

5O Lord, how long will you be angry with us? Forever?
How long will your jealousy burn like fire?
6Pour out your wrath on the nations that refuse to acknowledge you—
on kingdoms that do not call upon your name.
7For they have devoured your people Israel,
making the land a desolate wilderness.
8Do not hold us guilty for the sins of our ancestors!
Let your compassion quickly meet our needs,
for we are on the brink of despair.

Read the entire book of Psalms in 31 days:
Read Psalms 76-79 today

Proverbs 16:16-23

16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
and good judgment than silver!
17 The path of the virtuous leads away from evil;
whoever follows that path is safe.
18 Pride goes before destruction,
and haughtiness before a fall.
19 Better to live humbly with the poor
than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Those who listen to instruction will prosper;
those who trust the Lord will be joyful.
21 The wise are known for their understanding,
and pleasant words are persuasive.
22 Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it,
but discipline is wasted on fools.
23 From a wise mind comes wise speech;
the words of the wise are persuasive.

Read the entire book of Proverbs in 31 days:
Read Proverbs 16 today

Turning Points Magazine & Devotional

Today's Devotional: Aug. 16

Stepping Stones of Faith

Think of the people in the Bible who faced the death of their dreams. Abraham dreamed of being the father of a great nation, but he was still childless in old age. Joseph dreamed of grandeur in Genesis 37, but he landed in an Egyptian prison. Prince Moses of Egypt dreamed of liberating his people, but he was thrown out of Egypt as a murderer. David dreamed of leading the armies of Israel, but he became their prey. Thomas dreamed of proclaiming the Messiah, but his Jesus was crucified. Paul dreamed of going to Spain, but was a prisoner of Rome.

And yet in each case, the setbacks became stepping stones; for in God’s will there is no failure, and out of His will there is no success. Our dreams sometimes die so they can be reborn in the image of God’s will.

Faith is trusting God’s promises when they are most needed, and going forward without a loss of enthusiasm. God provides the opportunity of having big dreams, but we must work according to His timing and will to achieve them. Along the way, if your dream dies, don’t let your spirits falter. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus, count it all joy, and wait for Him to give the victory.

Failure isn’t so bad if it doesn’t attack the heart. Success is all right if it doesn’t go to the head.
Grantland Rice

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