Daily Devotional

Psalm 42:8

By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me a prayer to the God of my life.

I am always amazed at the Lord’s thoughts of love toward each of us. This side of heaven I don’t think we will ever fully understand. It is a love that values us with the very life of His Son that He gave on our behalf. God’s love unconditionally accepts us because of the sacrifice of Christ. It is a love from which we can never be separated, making it possible for us to be a part of God’s family. As we meditate on God’s great love, He puts a song in our hearts during the dark times of our life. This enables us to focus on God’s thoughts toward us resulting in prayers of gratitude and worship.

The Scriptures encourage us to take every thought captive. In our frantic moments our thoughts spin out of control. Our minds find it difficult to shut down and we tend to fixate on certain thoughts that may or may not be true. Often in these dark times, it is difficult to see God’s love and care. His love for us has never changed and never will. Today, meditate on God’s love and challenge any thoughts that in any way would minimize His love for you.  

1. What frantic thoughts typically swirl in your mind? If you have trouble sleeping, what thoughts fixate in your mind?
2. How can you bring God into those thoughts?
3. What steps can you take to quiet your mind and to focus on spiritual truth? 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.
4. What aspects of God’s love would help you deal with thoughts of rejection, conditional love or failure?

Take a moment to pray, “Lord Jesus, I give you all of my anxious, frantic thoughts. I want You to be the center of my life and my thoughts. I need You to quiet my mind. Help me to focus on You and free my mind to dwell on truth.” Amen.
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