Thursday, September 21, 2023


Today’s Reading: Psalms 28-30

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


On the Sea of Galilee, a statue beside the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy shows Peter kneeling before Jesus after His death and resurrection.

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


Key Verse: Psalm 30:5

For His anger is but for a moment,

His favor is for life;

Weeping may endure for a night,

But joy comes in the morning.


It’s hard to imagine the despair that David tried to express in Psalm 30. He was running for his life from his father-in-law, King Saul, whom David would follow as king. After a desperate prayer, David would always end with praising God, together with a statement of his unwavering faith in God’s power and God’s willingness to deliver him. David knew the continuing anger of Saul and the weeping it caused. This is not the way with God! We know that God wants life and joy! Yes, God is angry with sin, but when we ask His forgiveness, His anger toward us ceases. We do need to weep in repentance, not in self pity. Joy is the result!

In Psalm 29, the phrase “voice of the Lord” is repeated six times. The problem is that we are not good listeners most of the time. Hopefully this blog quiets us sufficiently so that we can hear what God has to say. Psalm 28 should result in a spirit of rejoicing because of our confidence in God’s answers to our prayers. God hears our voice much better than we hear His! We may think that those around us don’t listen to us, but God is a GOOD LISTENER!!!


Lord God, I thank You for listening to me when I pray. In this I have complete confidence. Therefore, I pray for all those people that come to my mind. . . . (name them). Help me to care about those things about which You care, O Lord. I pray in the Name of the One who rose early every morning to spend much time in prayer, Jesus, Himself! Amen!!!


My eyes have been drawn to read again and again Psalm 30:11a, “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing.” I don’t often dance, but there are times when joy is so strong that I break free of my reserve, and away I go! It happened at least once on live television when a young man, who had escaped from an Eastern European communist country, was playing a lively tune of rejoicing on his violin. Some may remember Georgian Banov. I’ve attached a clip of that spontaneous dancing (click here).

Yours for turning mourning into dancing!


8 thoughts on “Thursday, September 21, 2023

  1. Thank You, Father, for being with us through even the most difficult of times. You are faithful. David’s exhortation from recent days, to practice the presence of God, is so important.
    Father, help each one of those asking for prayer in special ways. Strengthen them, provide the help they need, show them You are near, and bless those around them, I ask in the name of Jesus, amen

  2. Thank You Lord for a multitude of reasons to praise You for. The most important one is that You are our God. You are the One we adore and trust. Amen. My moving day is tomorrow (early). Blessings all.

    • As you leave thank Jesus for all the good memories He has given you here. Then ask Jesus to come with you, hold your hand and walk beside you, as you go together on an adventure of many firsts. He has promised to NEVER leave you nor forsake you. Yes, you can do this, and with grace and dignity. The Lord bless you and keep you and be gracious unto you, and give you peace.

  3. Agreeing with your prayer Rob, it so touched my heart. Sometimes it is difficult to put our thoughts down but you have done that so well in your prayer. I am praying it now. Thank you and God bless you and all fellow bloggers and their needs.
    I want to thank everyone that has been praying with and for me and my family. I am happy to report that things are improving but please continue in prayer fir us, it has been a very difficult time but things are improving. May we continue to feel the Lords presence through this.
    One more sleep Doreen. I pray your move goes well and your nee home is above your expectations and feels like home from the time you arrive there
    God bless all bloggers, their prayers and their families

  4. Thank you for the update, HJR. Thank God for the improvement that you have noticed. May He continue to move in your son’s and family’s life.

    Joining everyone in prayer for Doreen’s move tomorrow. May we soon hear from her telling us that her new place is very welcoming with wonderful, caring people

    God is our faithful father and He helps us in our need. Thank you for your prayers for me. I see some resolution coming soon for the situation I was dealing with. God bless you, all!

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