“The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;  Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;” Psalm 20:1-2 Many years ago the Lord spoke to my heart from this Scripture, and a few months later I realized why it had been impressed upon me.  I faced one of the greatest trials of my life when my husband passed away.  It was then that this Scripture came back to me, and I realized exactly what it meant.  When I found it hard to pray, the Lord showed…

Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. (Psalm 100:2, Holy Bible, New Living Translation).

How many times have you entered a sanctuary or a place of worship saddened by life’s situations? You may have been there from an obligatory sense of duty or attended from habit. Perhaps your intentions were good, but your prayers shifted to complaints, hoping that God would see how unfair life has been to you. Your problems made it difficult to immerse yourself in worship. Joy was absent.

When life is a downer, don’t wait for joy to find you. Try the opposite. Worship with gusto. Sing with joy even if you don’t feel it. Your positive attitude can make a difference in your life and be an example to others.

Prayer: Lord, I will lay aside my problems and complaints when I enter the sanctuary. I will remember the words of the Psalmist and worship You with gladness with songs of joy. Amen.

Devotion by Violet Carr Moore

“When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.”  (Psalm 73:17 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible) Asaph, the Psalmist began to question God when he looked at those around him.  He almost lost faith because he tried to understand why God was letting the ungodly get away with evil.  They were doing bad things and getting rich!  The only place he could go to sort it all out was the sanctuary. The same is true for us.  I will be the first…