Words of Hope Daily Devotional

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When Delight Is Hard

Read: Psalm 13:1-6

But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. (v. 5)

About one-third of the psalms in the Bible are psalms of lament, including Psalm 13. Old Testament progressor Rolf Jacobson calls Psalm 13 “a prayer for when the bottom drops out.” These psalms teach us that we can bring our whole selves to God—even the unsavory parts. They show us that we can delight in God even when life is hard.

Psalm 13 begins, “How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?” (v. 1) When we go through difficulties, we might feel forgotten by God. We might believe the tough times will last forever. The psalm writer felt that, and he told God how he felt. He worshiped God by being honest and by asking God to intervene.

If we think about delight as a happy mood, we might try to rush ourselves out of sadness when life is hard. But, if we think about delight as closeness with God, we begin to see that even our cries for help are a way we can worship God. Psalm 13 ends with praise, but we don’t know how much time passed between verse 1 and verse 5. Perhaps with time, the psalm writer was able to look back and see God was with him in the tough stuff. Whether you are experiencing good things or going through a difficult season, God is able to receive our whole selves—tough stuff and all. —April Fiet

As you pray, worship God by offering him your whole self—tough stuff and all.

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April Fiet

What Is Delight?

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Amy Clemens

New Clothes and Permanent Ink

Read: Revelation 3:1-6 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. (v. 5) I don’t really like the word overcomer, the word my preferred translation

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Amy Clemens

The “Secret”

Read: Philippians 4:10-20 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (v. 13) There are always people who want to know the secrets of success, and for those peddling the latest and greatest methods, people will jump through hoops

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Amy Clemens

Interwoven

Read: Colossians 1:15-23 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (v. 17) In the final, climactic words of Scripture, a resurrected Jesus testified, “I am . . . the beginning and the end” (Rev. 22:13). As old as the

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Amy Clemens

Builder and Wrecking Ball

Read: Jeremiah 23:23-29 Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? (v. 29) In her 2003 song “Wrecking Ball,” Jill Phillips wrote a jarringly honest lyric I’ve often appreciated: “Triumph

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Amy Clemens

The Ultra-Wide-Angle View

Read: Psalm 34 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. (v. 7) There’s the simple zoom lens, then there’s the ultra-wide-angle lens. Spiritually speaking, to God belongs the ultra-wide-angle. While we often pull out

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Amy Clemens

The Ocean of Abiding

Read: John 15:7-12 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (v. 7) For a vessel safe in a dry dock, one might ignore the fact that

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Amy Clemens

Tightly Held

Read: John 10:11-30 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. (v. 29) Security is a big deal. If you get it when you’re

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Amy Clemens

A Promise of Welcome

Read: Hebrews 4:14-16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (v. 16) A throne of grace. What a beautiful picture of the

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