Who can you trust?

Father teaching his son a valuable life lesson.

Wednesday’s psalm is one that resonates with me…unfortunately. It reminds us how easy it is to trust in things we can see and touch more than we trust in God. I’m ashamed to admit how often I find myself doing that. When faced with a tough decision I will ask a friend, read a book, Google it, or anything else I can control before I think to pray. When someone else is taking care of my kids, I pray and ask God for protection, but when I’m in charge of them, I rarely think to…because I’m trusting in me. The list goes on and on.

The truth is, I have every reason to trust in our God who has saved me from so many difficult situations but instead I choose to trust things who have virtually no bearing on the situation. So, next time you catch yourself trusting in your strength, like I too often do, read Psalm 115 and redirect.

August 3: Psalm 113
Today’s Takeaways:

  • We are to praise God at all times.
  • No one is as awesome as God. He has greater than anything else.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • What do verses 7-9 say about how God cares for people?

August 4: Psalm 114
Today’s Takeaways:

  • This psalm, like so many other stories and passages, looks back on the parting of the Red Sea in Exodus.
  • Because we know God performed that incredible miracle, we should reflect his incredible power.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • How does reading about miracles God performed increase your faith?

August 5: Psalm 115
Today’s Takeaways:

  • Though our God cannot be seen with our eyes, other gods who can be seen cannot do what our God can.
  • The psalmist prays a blessing on all those who follow the one true God.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • When is a time you’ve found yourself trusting in something you can see more than you trust in God?

August 6: Psalm 116
Today’s Takeaways:

  • We can call on the Lord for help even in our most difficult times.
  • We don’t have to worry or fear because we’ve seen God’s goodness to us in the past.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Verse 12 asks a really cool question. What can you give back to God based on his goodness to you?

August 7: Psalm 117
Today’s Takeaways:

  • God has great love for us and for that he should be praised.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • What is one thing in your life that makes you sure of God’s love for you?

August 8: Psalm 118
Today’s Takeaways:

  • Our faith in God is the only thing that can give us sure footing in times of trouble.
  • Verse 22 is a prophecy about Jesus that he later quotes.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Verses 19 and 20 talk about a gate that only the righteous can go through. What do you think makes us able to walk through that gate?

August 9: Psalm 119
Today’s Takeaways:

  • This is the longest psalm and is also longer than any chapter of the Bible. Incidentally, it also marks the very middle of the Bible.
  • If it seems repetitive, it is. The main point is to trust in and love God’s Word. It is written in the form of a poem where each section starts with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet, those letters are the subtitles above each section.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • How can knowing and loving God’s law change your day to day life?

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