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Author: David Murray

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A short daily podcast for learning, loving, and living the Bible. Grow your faith in five minutes a day.
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God’s goodness is bigger and better than people’s badness. Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
We’re living through a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Disease hunts us and sickness stalks us. Many have already fallen to this foe. Even if we haven’t lost our health, we’ve all lost something. We’ve lost school, graduations, businesses, money, church, friendship, vacations, and so on. It’s a fear-filled time and a tear-filled time. But, sickness need not be only a curse and a loss. With God’s blessing, it can also be a time of blessing and gain by being a time of prayer and praise. In Psalm 30, David shows us the blessings of sickness by using sickness to pray and praise.Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
We love to hear God’s voice, don’t we? We hear his voice in our consciences, we hear God’s voice in and through creation and providence, and we hear God’s voice loudest and clearest in his Word. We love to hear God’s voice more than any other voice. That’s why it pains us so much when others just totally ignore it. In Psalm 29, David agonizes over this and helps us turn our pain into praise. He says, amplify God’s voice to unavoidable decibels.Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
At times it doesn’t look like God is listening to us. We pray and pray and pray but it feels like all our words are landing on deaf ears. God isn’t listening, so we stop speaking. We go into ‘silent stare’ mode. How can we fix this? Believe God is listening to increase our speaking. Or to put it more simply: God’s open ears increase our prayers. That’s what we learn in Psalm 28.Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
All of us know the confusion and frustration of spiritual disorientation. So did King David, and in Psalm 25, he re-orients and re-directs us with this message: When sin disorients you, ask God to direct you.Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
When you feel weak and intimidated, tour Christ’s triple kingdom to be triply empowered by Christ’s triple power.Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
Ten years into marriage, Paul and Jen had drifted from God and from one another. They’d followed the American dream, but it had mutated into an awful nightmare. Yes, they had two busy careers, two new cars, and two beautiful children. But they had lost their love for God and for one another. They had everything, yet had nothing. They lacked nothing, yet lacked everything. God was teaching them that we will lack, lose, and get lost when we follow anyone but the Lord. But they weren’t listening or learning. Paul’s father died of a heart attack later that year and the first song at his funeral was Psalm 23. Although they had sung it many times before, this time, Paul and Jen couldn’t get past the first line. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want (1). They choked up as they realized the Lord was no longer their shepherd and, therefore, they had multiple wants. Over the next few weeks, Paul and Jen read Psalm 23 many times, both together and alone. Its message was loud and clear: Follow the Lord’s leading and you’ll never lack, never lose, and never get lost. Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
Pain can be so deep and so long that we lose heart. We give up and give in. “I just can’t go on. I can’t live another day like this,” we groan. How do we regain heart? How can we get up and get going again? When the Corinthian Christians hit rock-bottom, the Apostle Paul raised their hearts by raising their eyes: So we do not lose heart…For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison (2 Cor. 4:16-17). He reinflated their empty and sagging hearts with this pump: The deeper the earthly suffering, the higher the heavenly glory. Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
Neuroscientists at University College London have found that laughter is contagious. Using MRI scanners, researchers found that the brain responds to the sound of laughter by telling our face muscles to join in the joy. When we see someone laughing, chances are we also will smile, even though we don't realize it.Can we use that research to ‘catch’ spiritual joy? Can we increase the joy of salvation by ‘catching’ it from someone else? Yes, as Psalm 21 demonstrates, King David ‘catches’ the joy of salvation by seeing and hearing King Jesus’s joy in salvation. And he turns to us and says: Enjoy more joy in your salvation by enjoying the king’s joy in your salvation. Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
Enjoy real rest in your soul by total trust in Christ.Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
When suffering pain or loss, we may feel God has abandoned us. Questions like “Why is God absent? Why is God silent?” add to our agony. “If ever I needed God’s voice and God’s presence, it’s now. Instead, nothing.”David understood this, and, in Psalm 19, opens two books God wrote to to fill our void with his voice, and our hole with his holiness. The books of God’s world and God’s Word  bring God to us in a world- and word-transforming way.  Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
Knowing the final score of life, changes the whole experience of life. Instagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
"Total satisfaction guaranteed.” How many times we’ve bought something on that promise and ended up dissatisfied and disappointed. Maybe you became a Christian on the promise or expectation of total satisfaction guaranteed, but it hasn’t worked out that way. You’re suffering and you are far from satisfied. Worse, non-Christians are successful and satisfied. How do we persevere? How do we keep going in the face of disappointed expectations? David struggled with this in Psalm 17 but eventually found a satisfying answer: We overcome present suffering by sampling the total satisfaction guaranteed at the end.NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
How can I boost my confidence?” Judging by Google search results, lots of people ask that question. It’s understandable, because confidence is a fantastic feeling and a huge help in life. A survey of search results reveal that most people are looking for self-confidence, self-assurance. Various techniques are suggested: visualize yourself as you want to be; affirm yourself; do one thing that scares you every day, and so on. That’s all fairly flaky, isn’t it? Are there better ways to find better confidence? Yes, Psalm 16 assures us that God wants us to have confidence; not self-confidence, though, but God-confidence. It’s message is: Boost your confidence by reducing your self-confidence and increasing your God-confidence.NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
Every Christian wants a healthy and vigorous devotional life. We want to enjoy worshipping God in our homes and in our church. We want to honor and please God in our worship as well as get spiritual benefit from it ourselves. But sometimes we’re not sure this is happening. Indeed, sometimes we have no sense of pleasing God or of spiritual profit. What’s going on there? What’s going wrong there? Psalm 15 answers that question and points to the solution. It’s this: Our daily life is connected to our devotional life. Or, to put it another way: A healthy devotional life is inseparable from a holy daily life.NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
Towards the end of his life, John Newton said, “Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.” If I was allowed to choose two memories that wouldnever fade even if aging and dementia took everything else away, these are the two things I would choose: “I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.” But even apart from dementia, it’s easy to let these two great truths fade into forgetfulness. That’s why it’s important to remind ourselves of these two facts every day of our lives: “I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.” Psalm 14 helps us do just that.NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
“How long will this go on? How long do I have to wait? How long will this last? How long? How long? How long?” It’s a question that we all ask, isn’t it? How long will my child rebel? How long will her bullying last? How long will evil go unpunished? How long will this pain go on? How long will the chemo be? How long will my depression last? How long do I have to wait for a wife/husband/friend? How long will this temptation last? How long with this test be? How long until he forgives me? How long must I wait for assurance? How long until God takes me to heaven? The message of Psalm 13 is: When you’ve got long complex questions, hear God’s short simple answers. NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Really? Whoever says that has never been bullied. A few years ago, a study conducted by research psychologists at Purdue University, Indiana, found that memories of painful emotional experiences linger far longer than those involving physical pain. The researchers quizzed people about painful events in the previous five years and found that it was much easier for people to relive, re-experience, and re-suffer from social pain than from physical pain. So what do we do when words have wounded us? We turn to the healing Word of God as the Psalmist did in Psalm 12.NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
We’re living through a long earthquake that is shaking our society from top to bottom. It’s not just the tumult in our political system, and it’s not just the virus that’s rocking our world. It’s the moral and spiritual earthquake that’s our greatest threat. Good is now called evil and evil is now called good. Truth is lies and lies are truth. The most basic distinctions in society are cracked and crumbling: What is marriage? What is a man? What is a woman? What is a family? What is right? What is wrong? The earthquake has spread from the media to schools to businesses to courts to churches and even to our own homes. Nothing is steady and sure. Everything is shaking and quaking—including ourselves. We need earthquake faith to support and strengthen us, and that’s what we find in Psalm 11.NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
Why is God so quiet? Why is God so quiet when the wicked are so noisy? Why is God nowhere to be seen when the wicked are everywhere to be seen? Why is God so slow when the wicked are so busy? Why does God delay when the wicked are so early?We’re not the first believers to feel like this and ask questions like this. Three thousand years ago, the Psalmist was asking the same painful questions. Thankfully, in Psalm 10, God also gave him a comforting answer, three comforting answers actually.NotesInstagraphics.Website.iTunes.Spotify.
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