Friday, October 6, 2017

SAVE ME O GOD! (Psalm 69:1a)

Today’s┬áReading: Psalm 69

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).


My photographer son, David Reynold, placed his Bible on the stones on which Jesus stood in the Roman governor Pilate’s courtyard. Here they clothed Him in the old robe of royal purple and placed the crown of thorns on His head in order to mock His claim of being a King. Here Jesus was scourged with whips. The prophet Isaiah prophesied of this: “But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). Through the centuries the city has been built up over the stone pavement, but these original stones can be seen in the lower area of the Sisters of Zion Convent.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verse: Psalm 69:21

They also gave me gall for my food,

And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.


Prophetic statements are found in many places in the writings of King David. The words of our key verse actually happened to Jesus as He hung on the Cross. Check out Matthew 27:34-48. In Psalm 22 David writes the most obvious prophesies fulfilled in Jesus’ suffering and death. David is a prophet! Only Isaiah is more detailed in his prophecies of the coming Messiah! David wrote around 1000 B.C. and Isaiah around 500 B.C. What are the odds of such prophesies being minutely fulfilled? Obviously God revealed in advance the future events that happened when Jesus took the sins of the whole world upon Himself.

There are two streams which flow together in David’s poems. One is the expression of deep inner emotion. The other stream is an outpouring of confidence in the love and providence of God! We all have trying times because we live in a world which is out of tune with God; and at the same time we can experience an inner peace by being personally in tune with God!!!


Lord God, I thank You for building such confidence in my heart and mind by revealing the future to Your prophets as You did to David and Isaiah! I pray that I will constantly remember that nothing takes You by surprise, and that You do all things after the counsel of Your will, and that also includes the events of my life! (read Ephesians 1:11&12). I pray this in the Name of the One “Who works all things according to the counsel of His will!” Amen!!!


I’m often downtown in major cities. My ears are bombarded with out-of-tune sounds. This world is not in harmony with its Creator. The maple leaves across the street are beginning to die and are just beginning to protest their demise with a variety of colours. The life of the trees will be buried underground shortly, but I expect a resurrection this Spring. My Bible and my laptop computer are open before me. All is quiet and a beautifully harmonious orchestra begins to play in my heart and mind. Our divine Conductor is in charge. Every instrument is playing in tune. I sense the Presence of God who alone creates and gives us life, bringing us into harmony with Himself through the Person and work of Jesus Christ!

I’m probably reflecting my age here, but Norma-Jean and I almost always listen to 96.3, New Classical Radio, Toronto. Magnificent orchestral masterpieces are delightful for our ears to hear. Of course Norma-Jean and I differ, in that I also love the Nashville sound of country and western music. Norma-Jean, not so much. All of us here in the blogosphere, if we could put our feelings into music, might sound like the orchestra tuning up, but after a while the Conductor takes charge and we make beautiful music together! God carries the melody line in the score of life, and we make the harmonies on a wide variety of human instruments. Amen???

Yours for hearing clearly God’s melody line, reading the notes found in Scripture, and playing them well, 24/7,


11 thoughts on “Friday, October 6, 2017

  1. God LIVES in the praises of His people! So important. (Psalms 22: 3). Even my smart phone knows that (suggests the correct word before I type them)! I always listen to 96.3. I usually listen to CDs but on bumpy roads, I quickly switch as I don’t want the CDs to be damaged. Hard, very hard, to read of Jesus’ suffering. No greater LOVE.

  2. Somehow I have been dropped from the daily email list. Please reinstate, because I do appreciate receiving these wonderful devotions early in the morning to start my day.

  3. I do not have that option being in a sparsely populated area but I listen to cd’s I burned myself with various Christian artists.Lately though, I listen to one of several Robin Mark cd’s.He is by far (My typo said “by fear”,lol.) my favorite Christian singer and such a humble fellow.Blessings

  4. Thankful for the music we are able to choose. this morning I listened to a quartet asking us to “leave your heavy burden at the cross”. A good idea.
    thank you, Ron and Ann. May your hearts be comforted by His grace.

  5. What a beautiful word of encouragement from David in his “100 Personal Words”, singing in the Spirit, and sharing his inner thoughts and heart!!

    A contrast of King David’s poem, and his prophecy of the suffering and death of Our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ! Both David’s sharing deep inner emotions!!

    Thank you Reynold for the photo that so well portrays today’s scripture!

    Bless all the Mainse family, particularly Norma-Jean as you celebrate this week-end of Thanksgiving in this difficult time of life.

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving all you saints!

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