Day 24 | February Devotional from Psalms - "The Price of Admission"

Sunday, February 24, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name. Psalm 100:4

Entering God's gates with thanksgiving is the public expression of our devotion to Him. We do this when we gather with other believers for fellowship and worship at our local church home. 

In the Old Testament, smoke and incense filled the air surrounding temples and offerings of Old Testament priests. The "Shekinah" glory of the Lord would sometimes supernaturally manifest like a cloud or mist. This was the public evidence of God dwelling among people. When we assemble together as the Body of Christ, our songs, prayers, and thanksgiving publicly testifies to God's work in our heart and lives. We celebrate the finished work of Jesus Christ!

Thanksgiving is the (free) "price of admission" to enter God's court and Presence. In His court, praise is very specifically focused on the Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Our praise is specific because we know no other source of life and blessing. We know where all of our blessings come from!

Thanksgiving and praise is not a ceremony, it is a "do-a-mony." So do it today and everyday!


Reflection Question: Today, what thanks and praise can you offer to God?

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Day 23 | February Devotional from Psalms - "Something Only an Older Person Can Give You"

Saturday, February 23, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

My father teaching Bible study at Wheeler rescue mission for men
Psalm 71:18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.

As I increasingly become "old and grayheaded," there are some interesting things I have learned: 

1. Age is only a number, but it is a number that both gains respect and contributes to alienation.
2. Only things that are important deserve time and attention. Drama and frivolous things all get moved to the margins.
3. Living a long time has proven God's faithfulness over and over again. There is no doubting God.
4. The things that have value and things that don't become abundantly clear.

Thursday and Friday, there were two occasions that reminded me of David's words, "O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come."

#1 - On Thursday, I accompanied my father, Rev. Horace Bryan Hudson, to Wheeler Mission Ministries in downtown Indy yesterday. At 82 years old and still preaching the gospel, playing his guitar, and singing God's praises! He’s been doing this for almost every month for more than 30 years! He continued going for 15 years after my mother passed. They sang and ministered together until she was no longer able to participate. I've been going with him for three years and I share a brief exhortation with the men before he brings the main Bible lesson. Dad is "declaring strength" to the men.
Me spending time mentoring a young man
#2 - On Friday, I spend some time with the son of a friend and mentee who passed back in October of 2018. As a young man, he still needs the influence of "father like ones." We talked about life and God's word. I could see that he was encouraged by another one of our visits together.

The great benefit of age-with-wisdom is the ability to "declare strength" to the younger generation and impart power (authority and ability) through personal encounters. It is something that deeply impacted me from the time I spent with older men and women growing up. I proactively sought them out. The level of knowledge and wisdom inside of older people is amazing--if we have the good sense to seek it (because they don't have the time or energy to go around trying to hand it out).

One of the worse feelings is to watch a younger person languish, get caught up in empty pursuits, and fail to walk in wisdom---only for a lack of insight from older people who have knowledge/wisdom (as distinct from older people who lack wisdom!). 

Older people can only act based on willingness for younger people to receive and by invitation. I pray that we will all seek to gain the strength and power that can only come from interactions with older people who have strength and power from God to give.

Reflection Question: Who do you need to seek out for wisdom and knowledge?

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Day 22 | February Devotional from Psalms - "This is the Day!"

Friday, February 22, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

This is a faith filled affirmation. Obviously, no one knows what a day will bring. All the more reason to dedicate each day to the Lord. Those things we give to God come under His care.

We all know the experience of loaning something to someone who did not take proper care of it. You can entrust God with your day! As a matter of fact, you’ll find that He will give it back to you better than you gave it to Him. I cannot imagine anyone better than Almighty God to entrust something as important and non-recoverable as your day.

David said that we should rejoice and be glad in this day. We do this bearing in mind that everything happens on a day, both good things and bad things. The attitude and practice of rejoicing will most certainly put us in a better position to handle anything that happens during a day.

Purpose to start your day with this affirmation of faith and confidence in God by using Psalm 118:24.

Reflection question: What are two or three things that you can envision going better when you dedicate your day to God?

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Day 21 | February Devotional from Psalms - "Attributes and Outcomes for Your Life"

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalms 19:7, The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.


We are going to return to Psalms 19 to look at verses 7-11. God's Word is more than mere words. God's word is like the forces of nature or the laws of physics. It is a very real power that can do what God promised, especially on our behalf when we believe and act on His word.

Verses 7-9 explain real attributes and outcomes that we have experienced, or can experience. 


Law of the LORD is perfect (whole complete)  --  Converts the soul: Brings Change

Testimony of the LORD is sure (not shaky like the world around us) -- Making wise the simple: Removes naivet√© 

Statutes of the LORD are right (Defines life and reality) -- Rejoicing the heart: Brings meaning and balance to life

Commandment of the LORD is pure (not mixed, sincere) -- Enlightening the eyes: Brings clarity and authenticity

Fear of the LORD is clean: (In a physical and moral sense. We do not want to displease God) -- Enduring forever: Not like things that break down when not clean

Judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. (God influenced decisions are best) Good and bad decisions drive our quality of life.

The high value that we place on God's word:
v. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold;  Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

The consequences of the value we place on God's word"
v. 11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward. 


Reflection Question: What attributes and outcomes above speak to you?

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Day 20 | February Devotional from Psalms - "God's Light Shines on You"

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalms 97:11, Light shines on the godly, and joy on those who do right. 12 May all who are godly be happy in the LORD and praise his holy name!

Light, joy, happiness, praise. These are words, and realities, that belong in the life of the believer. The Bible says that God is light, in him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). Darkness is a condition resulting from the absence of light. There is no reason for us to ever live in darkness.

This text shows us that our decisions, in cooperation with the grace of God, brings many benefits. Living godly causes God's light to shine on us at all times. Doing right produces a sense of joy. Happiness, which is a temporary state, is a byproduct of godly living.

The definition of "godly" in the Strong's concordance is "faithful, kind." This helps us understand that godly living is not some super spiritual state. It is our willingness to be faithful to God and his Word. It is a disposition of kindness.

Today and always, light and joy and happiness and praise are yours!

Reflection Question: What does God's light in your life look like?

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Day 19 | February Devotional from Psalms - "Learn to Be Still: Stop the Noise“

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalm 46:9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 

David understood God in many profound ways. He wrote Psalms, or songs, that expressed God's nature, works, and power.

When God stops war, especially wars in your life, as He did for David, God breaks the ability of your enemy. Notice the wording, "He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two." We know from Jesus' and Paul's teachings that our enemies are not people, but unseen forces from the natural to the demonic. God gives us victory and assurance of peace!

Then He says, "Be still, and know that I am God." One interpretation of this phrase states, "I am your leader. Stop all this noise."

After God has shown Himself faithful in your life; after He has broken the forces that tried to break you; it's time to "stop the noise" of complaining, making excuses and allowing other voices to influence you more than God!

So stop fretting and living with noise. Be still and know God.

Reflection Question: What wars need to cease in your life?

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Day 18 | February Devotional from Psalms - "Take a Praise Break."

Monday, February 18, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalms. 77:12, I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds. 13 Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? 14 You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. (Read the entirety of Psalm 77)

When we read a scripture such as this one, we are reminded why David was called, "A man after God's own heart." David had the good sense, and the wisdom, to always give God praise regardless of the circumstances.

Praising God is not just saying, "Praise the Lord!" Praise is speaking in joyful detail about the power and goodness of God!

Reflection Question: Have you taken a praise break today?

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Day 17 | February Devotional from Psalms - "The Blessings of Confidence in God. The Peril of Self-Confidence."

Sunday, February 17, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalms 71:5 For you have been my hope, Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth.

Confidence is an important part of life and an important part of your life. Confidence is part of your way forward and upward. We all have our understanding of confidence.

There are basically two kinds of confidence: 1) Confidence in the Lord and in what he has given you. 2) Self-confidence.

The first kind of confidence makes you strong and allows room to make you stronger. The second kind of confidence is limiting because it depends on what you think of yourself. Self-confidence gets mixed up with self-esteem.

True confidence comes from skill. Skill comes from training and repetition. The advantage we have in Christ is that we always trust in a power greater than ourselves. Like Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) 

What we cannot say is, “I can do all things through myself.” Here's a fictional scenario:

Imagine both pilots on a flight becoming incapacitated and the head steward making this announcement: “We have an emergency! Both of our pilots are unconscious, can anyone here fly an airplane?”  Someone raises his hand and says, “I can do it! I don't have pilot training, but I have confidence!” 

Proverbs 14:16b says, "...A fool rages and is self-confident."

That kind of confidence is just happy talk. You never need someone who only has self-confidence. You need someone who has confidence in skills that they actually possess. As believers, we need confidence in the strength of God through Christ. Strength is not a mindset, it is actual ability.

Reflection Question: In what ways do you need to move away from self-confidence to confidence in God and in actual skills?

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Day 16 | February Devotional from Psalms - "Your Times in the Hands of God"

Saturday, February 16, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

John Lewis and civil rights marchers at the Edmund Pettus Bridge

Psalms 31:14 But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” 15 My times are in Your hands...

Psalms 31:19 How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you

There are seasons in life and ministry that challenge our thinking, feelings and outlook on life. This is especially true when it looks like everything is not "turning up roses." I agree with David who said, "My times are in your hands…" I am also reminded that, "How abundant are the good things" that are "stored up" for us.

It is in these times that we realize more clearly that God is real, His power is undiminished, and He is bigger that we realize. It's like standing next to the majestic mountain that you've only seen in pictures. There's nothing like being close to it!

A prayer: "Thank you for being the Lord of my 'times' and for releasing blessings from your storehouse as I take refuge in you."

Reflection Question: What you are presently concerned about that you should NOT fear because your times are in God's hands?

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Character In Focus - 20 Character Qualities (Text and PDF Download)

Friday, February 15, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Character In Focus
by Pastor Bryan Hudson |

“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely...”  ~ Proverbs 10:9
“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” ~ John 17:17 

20 Character Qualities
1. Integrity
Integrity is having strong moral principles and core values and then conducting your life with those as your guide. When you have integrity, you maintain your adherence to it whether people are watching, or not.

2. Honesty
Honesty is more than telling the truth. It's living the truth. It is being straightforward and trustworthy in all of your interactions, relationships, and thoughts. Being honest requires self-honesty and authenticity.

3. Loyalty
Loyalty is faithfulness and devotion to your loved ones, your friends, and anyone with whom you have a trusted relationship. Loyalty can also extend to your employer, the organizations you belong to, your community, and your country.

4. Respectfulness
You treat others with courtesy, kindness, deference, dignity, and civility. You offer basic respect as a sign of your value for the worth of all people and your ability to accept the inherent flaws we all possess. Look at people when they talk to you. Stand for elders and leaders when appropriate

5. Responsibility
You accept personal, relational, career, community, and societal obligations even when they are difficult or uncomfortable. You follow through on commitments and proactively create or accept accountability for your behavior and choices. Authentic authority follows responsibility

6. Humility
You have a confident yet modest opinion of your own self-importance. You don't see yourself as “too good” for other people or situations. You have a learning and growth mindset and the desire to express and experience gratitude for what you have, rather than expecting you deserve more. A humble person is always willing to receive help.

7. Compassion
You feel deep sympathy for the suffering and misfortune of others. Through empathy, you have a desire to do something to alleviate their suffering.

8. Fairness
Using discernment, compassion, and integrity, you strive to make decisions and take actions based on what you consider the ultimate best course or outcome for all involved.

9. Forgiveness
You make conscious, intentional decisions to let go of resentment and anger toward someone for an offense — whether or not forgiveness is sought by the offender. Forgiveness may or may not include pardoning, restoration, or reconciliation. It extends both to others and to one's self.

10. Authenticity
You are able to be your real and true self, without pretension, posturing, or insincerity. You are capable of showing appropriate vulnerability and self-awareness.

11. Courageousness
In spite of fear of danger, discomfort, or pain, you have the mental fortitude to carry on with a commitment, plan, or decision, knowing it is the right or best course of action.

12. Generosity
You are willing to offer your time, energy, efforts, emotions, words, or assets without the expectation of something in return. You offer these freely and often joyously.

13. Perseverance
Perseverance is the steadfast persistence and determination to continue on with a course of action, belief, or purpose, even if it's difficult or uncomfortable in order to reach a higher goal or outcome.

14. Politeness
You are knowledgable of basic good manners, common courtesies, and etiquette, and are willing to apply those to all people you encounter. You desire to learn the skills of politeness in order to enhance your relationships and self-esteem

15. Kindness
Kindness is an attitude of being considerate, helpful, and benevolent to others. It is motivated by a positive disposition and the desire for warm and pleasant interactions.

16. Lovingness
The ability to be loving toward those you love means showing them through your words, actions, and expressions how deeply you care about them. It includes the willingness to be open and vulnerable.

17. Optimism
Optimism is a sense of hopefulness and confidence about the future. It involves a positive mental attitude in which you interpret life events, people, and situations in a promising light.

18. Reliability
You can be consistently depended upon to follow through on your commitments, actions, and decisions. You do what you say you will do.

19. Conscientiousness
You have the desire to do things well or to the best of your ability. You are thorough, careful, efficient, organized, and vigilant in your efforts, based on your own principles or sense of what is right.

20. Self-discipline
You are able, through good habits or willpower, to overcome your desires or feelings in order to follow the best course of action or to rise  to your commitments or principles. You have a strong sense of self-control in order to reach a desired goal.


Day 15 | February Devotional from Psalms - "You are One of God's Excellent Ones"

Friday, February 15, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust. O my soul, you have said to the LORD, "You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You. And to the saints who are on the earth, "They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight."(Psalms 16:1-3)

One of the blessings of prayer and worship is the reality of interacting with God's presence. A one-way communication is never satisfying. We don't only talk to God. He talks back to us. God sometimes speaks to us without notice, but I believe we will hear more from Him if we initiate the communication. This reality fits the biblical truth, "Draw near to God and he will draw near to you." (James 4:8)

Notice as David expressed his worship to God, he quoted himself, “You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You.” It was then as if God spoke back to David and His saints, "They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight."

In the verse we read the words, "They are the excellent ones." God sees more excellence in you than you see in yourself. He knows that life sometimes beats us down. He knows that people disappoint or forsake us (Jesus experienced the same). He also knows that we bring trouble upon ourselves sometimes. But none of these things changes how God sees us, so don't let it change your outlook or self-image.

I suggest you say what God says about you: "I am one of God's excellent one, in whom is all His delight!"

Reflection Question: What positive thoughts do you need to engage to overcome negative thoughts?

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Day 14 | February Devotional from Psalms - "The Best Place to Live"

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalms 84:10 (NIV), A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked. 11 For the LORD God is our light and protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will the LORD withhold from those who do what is right. 12 O LORD Almighty, happy are those who trust in you.

Our Father's House is the best place to live! Quality of life is not measured by how much stuff one has, but by our relationship with the Lord. We certainly do not want to envy those who have a lot, but do not serve the Lord. Everything you need is already present in the house of God. 

Any position in his house, including tending the door, qualifies you to have access to everything in God's house. As the text says, "No good thing will he withhold from those who do what is right." 

So, if you were only a doorkeeper in the house of God, then open the door to the best of your ability! “Grace and glory” surround you!

Reflection Question: What blessings have you received by being a part of God's house?

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Day 13 | February Devotional from Psalms - "How We Overcome Trouble"

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalm 71:1 In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be put to shame.2 Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape; Incline Your ear to me, and save me. 3 Be my strong refuge, To which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress. 4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, Out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. 5 For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth.
...7 I have become as a wonder to many, But You are my strong refuge. 8 Let my mouth be filled with Your praise And with Your glory all the day. 9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
Do not forsake me when my strength fails.
...20 You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, Shall revive me again, And bring me up again from the depths of the earth. 21 You shall increase my greatness, And comfort me on every side.

In this Psalm, David pours out his heart in seeking God's deliverance and help. He faced many challenges in his life and some trouble was of his own making. 

The best thing you can do is ask God to help you. Sometimes you are not in a good place mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. As the old Andre Crouch song said, "If I never had a problem, I would never know that God could solve them."

God does not bring trouble, but He certainly works with us, trains us, and corrects us, when trouble shows up. Injustice is one of the more troubling problems we face because of the wicked nature of humanity. David offered this prayer, "Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, Out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. 5 For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth."

David said, "I have become a wonder to many..." The New Living Translation reads, "My life is an example to many, because you have been my strength and protection." He realized that his challenges would serve the purpose of providing encouragement for others. This is something we can all hope for as we move through seasons of difficulty. 

Looking ahead at his life, David expressed his concern about becoming older and more frail. "Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails." Older people are concerned about being forgotten and discarded due to diminished capacity. In this, God is also faithful.

In the midst of expressing his concerns to God and asking for help, David also expressed his faith in God's power and provision in Verse 20-21: "You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, Shall revive me again, And bring me up again from the depths of the earth. You shall increase my greatness, And comfort me on every side."

Reflection Question: What problems and concerns will you express to God? How will you also express your faith and confidence in God?

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Day 12 | February Devotional from Psalms - "Your Real Source of Strength"

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalm 33:16 No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.  17 A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. 18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

There are a lot of things in this world that are considered to be powerful. People pursue politics because of the power it seems to bestow. It has been said, "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Many people have been seduced by things that they possess, believing those earthly things provide strength. Decades ago a man named Howard Hughes became one of the most powerful and the richest man in the world. But his wealth was not strong enough to save him from mental illness and debilitating illnesses.

David talked about powerful things in his time which included an army, physical strength, and a horse. In our day, we might talk about such things as networking, big business deals, socio-economic status, and powerful cars. To be sure, these things can transform people into celebrities who appear to have strength because of their wealth. We’ve seen government policies that enrich the wealthy on the backs of the poor and middle-class. The rich getting richer and seemingly stronger.


Rather than thinking about what people focus on, we should think more about what God is focusing on. David said the Lord's eyes are on those who fear Him and on those who hope in His unfailing love. Every form of strength in which men place their trust fails and comes to an end.

The fear of the Lord is the sense that the last thing you want to do is to displease your God. The fear of the Lord purifies your motive’s and clarifies your purpose. The best part is: When we have the fear of the Lord, He pays attention to us and brings His strength into our lives and circumstances. 

Reflection Question: What are some things you thought were strong, only to find that those things failed? How will you trust God today?

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Day 11 | February Devotional from Psalms - "Waiting on the Lord is Not What You May Think"

Monday, February 11, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD! 

For many of us it is difficult to wait. When you want something, you don't want to wait for it. Waiting on the Lord is not the same as waiting for things we want. We don't wait on the Lord because he's not ready. We wait because he is at work according to the timing of what we need. If you put cookie dough in the oven before the oven is hot, you’re going to end up with hard, dry cookies. Most things have to be done in the proper sequence.

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God is at work in your circumstances below the surface and behind the scenes. He's dealing with people and circumstances that do not instantly respond to His will. For example, if you ask God to help you with a financial matter, he won't counterfeit money to get it to you. He often works through the natural order of things.

Courage is not the absence of fear or anxiety, it is willingness to endure within a challenging circumstance without giving up. The time between the "Amen" to your prayer and the answer to that prayer requires patience and courage. God offers you strength of heart during your seasons of waiting for his timing.

You may not realize this, but your season of expectation and waiting prepares you to handle the blessing when it comes! If the blessing came before you were ready, you could not contain it.

Reflection Question: What do you need to adjust in your waiting on God?

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Day 10 | February Devotional from Psalms - "Delight in the Lord"

Sunday, February 10, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalm 37:3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. 

To “delight” is to incline or bend ourselves towards the objects of our desire and sources of our pleasure. Most of our pain or satisfaction in life comes from what we desire and how we are bent. Most importantly, the direction of our bent or delight determines our success in achieving the desires of our hearts. 

The key words in this text include: 
Trust (in the Lord), Do (good), Dwell (in the land), Feed (on His faithfulness), Delight (yourself in the Lord), Commit (Your way to the Lord), Trust (in Him)

The idea of bending represents a significant change in character. Our training, experiences, and influences all find expression in how we delight. In this we are all unique, but as believers the object of our greatest delight and deepest desire should be the Lord. For example, if you want to become a doctor, you need to have a bent towards science, physiology, and wanting to cure people.

David wrote: "Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass." What is “it" that God brings to pass? It is whatever you need or desire from your heart!

Reflection Question: In what ways are you "bent?" These are the real desires of your heart.


Day 9 | February Devotional from Psalms - "God's Endless Ways of Helping You"

Saturday, February 09, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalms 20:1, May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you; 2 May He send you help from the sanctuary, And strengthen you out of Zion; 3 May He remember all your offerings, And accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah 4 May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose.5 We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions. 6 Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand. 7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. 8 They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright. 9 Save, Lord! May the King answer us when we call.

God helps you in ways that no one else can. God can respond and help using an endless variety of ways. There is no end of methods and means that He can use. People who only depend on other people, end up frustrated. As David said, "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God."

When you come to an end of yourself, you will begin to see what God can do. The only thing that remains is for you to call on the name of the Lord!

Reflection Question: What has God done for you that you could not imagine Him doing? 

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Day 8 | February Devotional from Psalms - "What the Glory of the Heavens is Saying to You"

Friday, February 08, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Solar Eclipse from August 21 2017. Photographic in Nashville, Tenn. -

Our devotional has landed on Psalms 19. We will use this Psalm to consider God’s creation as a point of inspiration. David wrote in Psalm 145:5, "I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works."

There is something life-lifting in meditating on the works of God. We often marvel at the works of man, but nothing compares to the works of God. 

David wrote in Psalm 19:1-3, The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard.

The heavens are the skies, both the daytime and night skies, going into space. The heavens declare God’s creative glory and his power to regulate all things. David said that day and night utter speech. It also reveals knowledge. God speaks to us through His creation and challenges us to expand our knowledge. Jesus used parables about nature to illuminate truth. Of course, I don’t suggest we worship nature or put nature on the level of God’s word and and person of Christ. I do suggest that you become more impressed with what God has done than what man is doing. 

I challenge you to elevate your thinking and remove yourself from the petty and pointless things of this world that compete for your attention. As a matter of fact, when you meditate on the glorious splendor of God's majesty and on His wondrous works, you will experience a reset in your outlook and in your thinking. By looking at a big God, you will see yourself in proper perspective and realize  your help and strength are available from Christ.

Psalms 19:12-14 concludes with these words of correction and reflection:
"Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer."

Reflection Question: What are 2-3 inspiring messages from the heavens and nature to you?

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Day 7 | February Devotional from Psalms - "Good Things From Your Good Shepherd" (Psalms 23)

Thursday, February 07, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalm 23:1, The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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Psalm 23 is one of the most well read and memorized passages of Scripture in the Bible. Sometimes the things with which we are familiar are passed over, so let's highlight some of key point here.

1. "He makes me lie down in green pastures." Good shepherds always took their flocks to a place where they could rest and be nourished before nightfall. I've learned that sometimes God literally makes me lie down to rest. It's better to have the good sense to know when to slow down, but sometimes over burden ourselves and God has to literally "make me lie down."

2. "He leads me beside the still waters." Shepherds knew better than to take sheep close to rushing streams of water that was disturbing and dangerous for the young lambs. God does not lead you into the noisy and confusing places. Look for His peace and still waters even when your circumstances become noisy and disturbing.

3. "He restores my soul." Your mind, will, and emotions can be disrupted and thrown into disarray by difficult circumstances. Getting quiet and alone with God allows Him to reset (or restore) your soul. Sometimes when you have a malfunctioning computer the best thing you can do is turn it off and back on again.

4. "Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." Some Bible commentators assert that the shepherd's rod and staff we're opposite ends of the same pole. Some say that the rod was used for correction and the staff was use for a drawing sheep away from danger. We should view both correction and protection are forms of "comfort."  

5. "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies." In any circumstance where you are faced with loss, peril, or betrayal, know that God has already made provision for you. When the challenge ends, provision will be waiting for you on the table.

Reflection Question: What do you need the Good Shepherd to do for you?

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Day 6 | February Devotional from Psalms - "Joy is a Path"

Wednesday, February 06, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalm 16:11 (NIV), You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Challenging times will test your joy. This is especially true when you are unsure of your “path of life,” or the will of God. As David plainly states, in the presence of God, we are filled with joy.

I like to think of joy in two ways: Inward and Outward. Inward joy is what you know. Outward joy is how you respond. Inward joy is an inward satisfaction that your are living in the will of God and are pleasing God.
Outward joy is to be glad and rejoice in the victories and triumphs that you have received.

Some Sources of Joy:
Joy comes from abiding in the presence of the Lord. Psalms 16:11
Joy comes from discovering the will of God through His Word. John 15:11; Jeremiah 15:16
Joy is part of the Kingdom of God (“Your kingdom come”) Romans 14:17
Joy is a “fruit” or characteristic of the Holy Spirit within our spirit. Galatians 5:22 Victorious outcomes magnify joy!

Reflection Question: How do you maintain your joy?

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Day 5 | February Devotional from Psalms - "Your Best House"

Tuesday, February 05, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalms 84:10 (NIV), A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked. 11 For the LORD God is our light and protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will the LORD withhold from those who do what is right. 12 O LORD Almighty, happy are those who trust in you.

What a blessing it is to be a part of God's family!

We who live in our Father's House always live better than those who have the so-called "good life" in wicked places. Quality of life is not measured by how much stuff one has, but by our connection to the Lord. Because we are connected to God, we have access to all His stuff! As the text says, "No good thing will he withhold from those who do what is right."

Reflection Question: What do you appreciate about being in the house of God?

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Day 4 | February Devotional from Psalms - "The Only Fear You Need"

Monday, February 04, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalms 19:9, “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.”

There is “good” fear and “bad” fear. Bad fear is feeling a sense of terror or doom. This kind of fear is expectation of danger and harm. Most fears are imagined, but some are real. The only good thing about bad fear is that you are motivated to take action to avoid danger. Driving in snow and ice produces a healthy kind of fear that keeps you alert and cautious.

On the other hand, the fear of the Lord is “good.” Good fear is a dread of displeasing the Lord. It is a mindset that says, “I want to please God and not allow my actions to bring Him displeasure.” Honor and godly fear are foundational to living a victorious life. Authority flows in a line, or what the military calls a “chain of command.”

Those who function in the fear of God place a high value on having a right relationship with God and people with whom they relate. They are “clean” or “pure,” not only because foul things are removed. They are clean/pure because it has already been decided.

Reflection Question: How is the  “clean” fear of the Lord helping to change your life and please God?

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Day 3 | February Devotional from Psalms - "Why God Cares So Much For You" (Psalm 8)

Sunday, February 03, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalms 8:1 O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all thing sunder his feet,
7 All sheep and oxen— Even the beasts of the field,
8 The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Lord, How excellent isYour name in all the earth!

This Psalm begins and ends with the same words,”O lord how excellent is your name in all the earth.” God's name represents his authority, power, and unique abilities. God can do things that no other can do. 

The Psalm continues explaining what God can do. Verse two reads, "Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength." God alone can bring strength of weakness and immaturity.

Whatever or whoever of which God becomes a part immediately gains His advantage.

The Psalm continues explaining the heavens as the work of God's fingers including the moon and stars the he created.  Then the focus shifts directly to people, God's power is also focused on you and me.

The question from verse 4 is found in the book of Hebrews chapter 2, "What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?" The New Century Version says, “Why are people even important to you? Why do you take care of human beings? 
Here is the answer to why God cares so much about us: The text says we are made "a little lower than the angels." The Hebrew reading of that text literally means we are "made a little lower than God." You are made in God's image and likeness, so He has a LOT invested in you!

You more important than any other part of God's creation! This is why God pays so much attention to us and sent Jesus to redeem us and help us. I think about the first round draft pick of basketball or football teams and how much focus and development they place on top players. They have made a significant investment and have placed their hopes on that player to held them win. How much more important is it to made in Gods image than an athlete?

Verse 6 reads, "You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all thing sunder his feet," God intended for your to live in dominion over your possessions and circumstances. However, the book of Hebrews states that we do not see all things under our dominion. This because our sin nature brought us to a place of defeat.

Then we read this: "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone." (Hebrews 2:9)

Jesus came to fulfill your destiny and restore your purpose! The reality that God can make something great of our lives is one of his greatest miracles. 

As the final verse says, “O Lord how excellent is your name, your power, and your ability and all the earth!"

Reflection Question: What things can you do through Christ that you could not do without Him?

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Day 2 | February Devotional from Psalms - "Anger andPeace" (Psalms 4)

Saturday, February 02, 2019 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalms 4:1, Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.
2 How long, O you sons of men, Will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? Selah
3 But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The Lord will hear when I call to Him.
4 Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the Lord.
6 There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
7 You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Reflection Question: In what should be you angry and not sin?

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