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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Amy Clemens

Impossible! Not.

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A Promise of Flourishing

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Secrets with God

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A Promise of Provision

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Careful of the Backstory

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Bringing His Word to Fruition

Read: Joshua 23:8-16 You know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the LORD your God promised concerning you. (v. 14) Each of us has known and loved

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Measuring God’s Promises

Read: 2 Corinthians 1:17-22 For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” (v. 20 NLT) A new year. It used to seem so exciting to start over again. To turn a page and see a

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Growing in the Word

Read: Colossians 3:12-17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (v. 16) The last day of the

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