Resources on Psalm

Chapter 139

When Does Life Begin?
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 9, 2018

I believe the most important issue facing America today is the value and the worth of every human life… the value of the immortal, eternal soul created by God! A biblical worldview, looking at this question through the lens of God’s Word will really settle the abortion question and the issue of when life begins.

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Chapter 145

Where you can find ultimate satisfaction
By Dr. Jack Graham | November 5, 2018

In the 1960s, a song was written for recording artist Peggy Lee entitled, “Is That All There Is?” In it, Lee presents a very bleak outlook on the world. She’s become disenfranchised with everything and asks the question, “Is that all there is?”

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Chapter 18

Are you vulnerable to depression?
By Dr. Jack Graham | October 2, 2018

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
—Psalm 18:2
What are the causes of depression?

If you look at Elijah’s bout with depression in 1 Kings 19, you’ll discover that depression is fueled by:

  • Fear. Elijah heard that Jezebel was after him and was afraid. According to the late, great Zig Ziglar, FEAR equals False Evidence Appearing Real. The way to avoid fear is to walk in the truth of the Word of God and not according to the false evidence that is all around us.
  • Unbelief. Elijah had seen the mighty miracles and works of God, but still allowed feelings of unbelief to creep in. He didn’t trust God to handle the situation.
  • Impatience. Elijah ran ahead of God. He was trying to live and die on his own schedule, rather than trusting God to give him life, strength, and health.
  • Pride. As Elijah sat under the juniper tree, he cried out, “I’m no better than my fathers!” Where did he get the idea that he was better than his fathers to begin with?
  • Self-pity. Elijah was feeling sorry for himself. He looked at his problems and just wanted to give up.

Here’s the formula for depression: insult + anger x self-pity = depression. If you see yourself going down that road, put on the brakes!
Then put your trust in God. When you do, as the Psalmist says in our Scripture today, He will be your deliverer, your refuge, your shield, your stronghold, and your salvation.


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Chapter 16

Keep your focus on Jesus.
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 28, 2018

…in your presence there is fullness of joy…
—Psalm 16:11
Most adults are pretty accomplished when it comes to staying busy. But we need to guard ourselves against getting so busy that we miss out on what’s really important.   
In Luke chapter 10, you and I are introduced to a woman who got so busy “doing” that she missed “being” in the presence of Jesus. And he was right there in her home!   
On this day, Martha had invited Jesus to come to her home for fellowship. And she began busying herself with preparations for their time together. But somewhere along the way, the focus of her attention became more about the preparations and less about Jesus.
Making matters worse, while she slaved away, her sister Mary sat at Jesus feet listening intently to his every word. Martha even asked Jesus to tell Mary to leave him and to help her!
But instead, Jesus lovingly told her that while she had grown increasingly anxious, Mary had chosen well in spending time with him.
You see, activities done in the name of the Lord can never replace time spent in adoration of him. Work cannot satisfy the place intended for worship. There is nothing more important to a Christ-follower than time spent in his presence!
Don’t ask Jesus into your heart only to ignore him. Come and sit at his feet. In his presence is fullness of joy!

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Chapter 32

Finding God's Direction
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 26, 2018

As children of God, you and I need to be so sensitive to the eyes of God. Do you know what that means? Well, let me share a little perspective with you.  

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Our responsibility to our children
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 12, 2018

One of the great problems in our country is the breakdown of the family. And the chief contributing factor to families breaking down is the absence of fathers as a result of divorce or disengagement. 

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Chapter 19

Do you accept God's Word?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 10, 2018

In his book The Journey, the great Billy Graham writes about coming to a point in his life of reconciling himself to the Scriptures as the complete and authoritative Word of God.

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Chapter 119

What is the Bible to you?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 9, 2018

Is the Bible just a book or is it “The” Book? Is it just another book of religion? Or can you and I claim that, in his Word, God has spoken completely and definitively as our final source of truth and authority?

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God is seeking you!
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 5, 2018

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

— Psalm 19:1

God made you and me to know him. This is one of the most extraordinary things about the Scriptures. God is constantly and eternally revealing himself to us. He hungers for us to know him, love him, follow him, and serve him all the days of our lives.

The Scripture says no man seeks after God, but that God seeks us out and reveals himself to us. For instance, every human being on earth can look up into a starry night sky and see the testimony of his glory. This is a wonderful thing, but by itself this revelation is incomplete. So God has given us another revelation… the revelation of conscience.

God has placed within us a sense of accountability and a need to know right from wrong. We have an innate desire to know something bigger and better beyond ourselves and beyond this world.

Maybe your conscience is asking, “What will happen to me after this life? Am I made for something more?” 

When you ask these kind of questions this is your conscience… your innermost “you” yearning and aching to know the God of creation and the one who made you in your mother’s womb. 

You are made for more! You’re made to know the God who made the heavens and the earth! 


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Chapter 46

Chapter 122

Pray for Jerusalem!
By Dr. Jack Graham | June 12, 2018

The history and the future of the world are forever linked to the Middle East. So if you have any doubts about whether you and I are living in the last days, Israel is the super sign!

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Chapter 1

Are you in a desert place?
By Dr. Jack Graham | May 9, 2018

God will sometimes take us to desert places…spiritually speaking…to purify and to prepare us for the greatest seasons of our lives. You may not like it, but it’s still true.

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The cure for sin
By Dr. Jack Graham | March 19, 2018

What if we learned that someone had the cure for cancer and kept it to themselves? How wicked that would be.  

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God is speaking
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 26, 2018

“Be still, and know that I am God.”
— Psalm 46:10

Many people think that the will of God is the same as fate. These people think, “Well, whatever will be will be.” Then there are others who look at life as fortune, and they say things like, “Oh, I was just lucky.”  There are even some people in the church who believe that doing the will of God requires following some kind of formula.
But life isn’t about fate or luck, and it’s certainly not a formula. You see, God is personally and providentially working in your life and mine. He’s providing guidance and direction. He’s actively at work to perform his will in your life and mine. And God is speaking directly to us.
So let me ask you, do you recognize his voice? Are you taking time to listen to God?
When God spoke to Elijah (I Kings 19:12), it was in a “low whisper,” or what another translation calls, “a still small voice.”  But listen, if you’re in a rush from the moment you get out of bed, it’s going to be hard to listen for God’s voice. That’s why the psalmist wrote, “Be still, and know that I am God.”
You see, it’s important to set aside time each day to be still in his presence, to ask for his help and direction, but even more importantly, to listen to what God is saying to you.  
He longs to spend time with you. Learn his voice and follow him.


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Chapter 37

You can hear from God.
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 23, 2018

The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way.
—Psalm 37:23

As a pastor, one of the questions I’m asked most often is, “How do I know that I’m hearing from God?” And that’s a very important question. You and I need God’s guidance; we need the peace that comes from knowing that we are hearing his thoughts on life’s important choices.  
Now, of course, when we talk about making choices, we’re not talking about the kind of orange juice or soap to buy. We’re talking about choices that relate to doing the will of God, obeying him, following him, and being used of God.
And the Lord assures us in Scripture that he is more than just interested in our choices… he’s ordering our steps! You can know where to live, whom to marry, which job to accept, whether you should enter full-time ministry, and your role in the body of Christ.
If you want to hear from God, start each day by completely yielding to him. Say, “Lord, my life is yours. Live through me, guide me, speak to me, and show me the way.” If you do that, you can trust that he will guide you. You don’t know what each day will hold, but he does.
Put the Holy Spirit in charge. Follow the steps he lays out for you. God is in control!


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Chapter 21

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Chapter 27

One Thing
By Dr. Jack Graham | September 25, 2017

Chapter 96

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

—Psalm 37:4


I’d like to cut through the mystery and confusion about God’s will today and remind you that there are specific ways you can discover God’s will for your life.


If you’re facing a major decision, personal dilemma, or relational challenge, then let me share with you a five-point checklist you can use.


First, is what you’re doing or thinking about doing consistent with the Scriptures? God will never ask you to do anything that is inconsistent with what He says in His Word.


Secondly, have you prayed about it faithfully? As today’s verse as says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I believe if you stay in communion and union with Christ in prayer, God will implant in your heart the right desires! 


Thirdly, have you sought the wisdom of godly friends and counselors? Proverbs 11:14 tells us that in “an abundance of counselors there is safety.” If you’re facing a big decision in life right now, be sure to seek counsel from godly friends… people who are passionately pursuing Christ and who understand the Scriptures. 


Number four, what do the circumstances surrounding your decision look like? Are they lining up with what God wants you to do? Does it look like is opening a door… or is He shutting a door? Pay attention to your circumstances.


And finally, number five, if you’re dealing with a relational challenge… and you’re not sure how or...

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Chapter 23

Chapter 127

Are you praying with your children?
By Dr. Jack Graham | July 21, 2017

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.

—Psalm 127:4

How can you make sure your children head in the right direction in life? By leading them there!

Parent, your children are looking to you for an example. All the limits and rules in the world can equal a big zero without leadership. You and I must set an example for our children through our personal habits, our work ethics, our worship life, our church involvement, and much more.

Consider the story of Jotham in 2 Chronicles 27 and 28. Jotham was angry because his father, King Uzziah, was chastised and corrected in the temple. So, when Jotham became king, he refused to attend worship services. But Jotham paid a terrible price for it. When his son became king, he became an idol worshipper and even sacrificed his own children, Jotham’s grandchildren!

I want my children to know what I believe. Don’t you? If you want them to share your faith and follow in your footsteps, you first have to make footprints. You and I have to walk the talk!

Your leadership will make an eternal difference in the life of your child. You can give them love and limits. And most importantly, you can give your children the Lord.

You do this by talking about your faith with them, by being open about what you believe, and by sharing your love of God in your daily life.

Don’t be afraid to admit your mistakes and ask for God’s help in front of your children. Tell them Bible stories. Have family devotional time. Pray with your children.

Like the arrows in our Scripture verse...

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Tell your children you love them, today!
By Jack Graham | July 19, 2017

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.

—Psalm 127:3

Do your children know that you love them unconditionally? Do they believe that no matter what they face, no matter how they fail, you love them without question?

As parents, you and I have to look into our children’s eyes and tell them that, yes, there are rules and standards in the home, but nothing they do can stop you from loving them. Your children must know that you love them absolutely and unconditionally.

Why? Because that’s how much God loves us. He loves us not based on our performance or appearance. By His grace He accepts us as we are… warts and all. And when you love your child as God loves you, it will impact your child for life.

You and I need to tell our children we love them, but we also have to show them!

How do you show love? First, with acceptance. A child needs at least one place on earth where he or she is accepted. Now, I’m not suggesting you lower your morals or your values.

But if your son or daughter gets into trouble, are you going to love them through it? Can your child come to you and share their hurt, brokenness, and sin and find forgiveness, love, and acceptance?

Love is not only expressed in acceptance, but also in affection. Your home needs to be filled with love and affection. And one of the best ways you can show your child acceptance and affection is through your time.

You also show love through affirmation. Are you constantly finding fault in your child? Or...

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Chapter 34

My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.

—Psalm 34:2-4


Have you ever wondered why the Scripture instructs us to praise God? Three reasons can be found in the verses above from Psalm 34. 


First of all, praising the Lord encourages others. I think you’d be amazed at how people, Christian and non-Christian alike, respond to something as positive as honest and sincere praise to God when something good or bad happens to you.


Second, praising God naturally brings fellowship. There is a closeness…a bond…that is created when you’re praising God together.


And last, praising the Lord gives you power for your day-to-day life. I don’t know what you may be facing today, be it a temptation you can’t let go of or a sin you can’t escape. Whatever it is, praise will bring you out of it!


My friend, God responds to your honest, genuine praise of Him. So I urge you to make praise a habit no matter what you may be going through!  


Make a priority of praise regardless of your circumstances.

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Pray for Israel Today
By | May 5, 2017

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you!”

—Psalm 122:6


The history and the future of the world are forever linked to the Middle East. So if you have any doubts about whether you and I are living in the last days, Israel is the super sign!

According to the Scripture, the Jewish people must return to Israel before Christ can return.

Well, Israel has been restored and Jews continue to repopulate Israel. The prophecy is being fulfilled even now!

You see, you cannot separate Israel from God’s sovereign plan for our world. And even we, as Gentiles, share in this historic connection. From patriarchs to prophets, to apostles, we received the Scriptures through mostly Jewish people. And, of course, our Messiah came to us through David and the Jewish lineage.

By grace we’ve been grafted into God’s extraordinary Kingdom and family. We have a divine and providential connection with Israel and the Jewish people… and this covenant is holy and eternal.

If you want God’s blessing in this life, then bless Israel as he instructed us in his Word, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

And remember, just as surely as Jesus ascended into heaven from Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives, he has promised to return to that very place. Jesus is coming soon!

Pray for Israel today.

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Chapter 147

Chapter 84

Chapter 118

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
—Psalm 118:24

If you’re around negative people very much, you know what a downer they can be. Some people just seem to always see the negative side of things, and refuse to embrace hope or happiness.

But as Christians, we need to get rid of those negative attitudes. That’s exactly what Paul did in his writings. He was even in prison when he wrote several of his letters, but he chose to rejoice in the Lord!  Paul would agree that your attitude will determine your outcome.

Every day, we should make a decision to rejoice and thank God, no matter our situation. Christians should be the most insanely joyful people on the earth! We don’t need to struggle all day with fear or worry because we know that Christ has everything in His hands, and He won’t let us go.

Learning to rejoice in the day is a process of training and disciplining ourselves to serve Christ and live in the joy of His love and grace. We may get irritable and stressed at times, but if the determination of our hearts is to rejoice in the Lord, we can find the good in everything—even in the little delays and frustrations of the day that so often upset us.

There is a wonderful little children’s chorus that begins, “This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made.  We will rejoice, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” That would be a good daily anthem to sing.


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The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their measuring line goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

—Psalm 19:1-4


God speaks to us today in the skies…through His creation. We can know God…we can see the presence of God…by simply looking up at the sky. 


The Greek word for “man” in the ancient world and in your New Testament is “anthropos,” which means “the upper-looking one.” Animals look down, but God created man to look up into the heavens to see His glory and to experience His power in creation.


And when we do, God speaks to us in the starry skies!


Indeed, the heavens declare the glory of God. As the psalmist says, “Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” Creation is constantly, continually, and eternally speaking. And when we look into the creation, we know that because there is a creation, there must be a creator!


Now, you may not be a morning person, but I’d encourage you…if you want to catch a glorious glimpse of your Creator…get up early one morning this week to watch the sun rise. I can assure you, seeing His handiwork in creation will speak words of encouragement to your soul!


God is constantly, continually and eternally speaking to us through His creation.

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Chapter 62

On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

—Psalm 62:7

Through the years, I’ve read a number of wonderful books on personal development, motivation, and success.

And of course, there are many definitions about what success really is. My friend, Christian author and speaker John Maxwell, gives one of the best definitions I have ever read. He says, “Success is knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.”

So according to Maxwell, success is knowing and growing and sowing.

Bible teacher and author Charles Stanley writes, “Success is the continuing achievement of becoming the person God wants you to be and accomplishing the goals God has helped you to set.”  Stanley says that success is becoming the person God made you to be…the person God designed you to become in Him.

In our success-crazed culture, it’s important to remember that real success isn’t found in the label of your clothes, the brand of the car you drive, or even your title at work. True success is found in your character and in your commitment to what really matters.

It’s not fame or fortune, but the fulfillment of God’s purpose and God’s plan for your life that really counts!

True success is becoming the person that God has made you to be.

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Chapter 91

Chapter 143

Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you.

—Psalm 143:2

The last part of this passage is a powerful statement! Its meaning is clear: our attempts at goodness can never be enough to meet God’s holy and righteous standard. The Bible clearly states that we are an imperfect people who cannot stand before a holy God on our own merits.

So how do we become acceptable to God? By standing before Him clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, who has covered us with His blood. Christ started and finished the work of salvation that we could never have even begun, let alone finished, ourselves.

So let me ask you a question today:  Are you seeking to be religious or righteous? You see, our human effort and works don’t add up to anything in God’s sight. Being religious by itself isn’t enough because all religion can do is try to get us to clean up our act thinking that in doing so God will accept us.

We need to understand that what God desires is for us to be righteous, not religious.  Which is why He sent His Son to die on the cross for you and me.  Through Christ we have been made righteous in the eyes of God.  We are fully accepted in Him.

So if you find yourself trying to please God by being religious, I encourage you to stop.  Instead, embrace the truth that God has made you righteous when you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior.  Live in the power of that truth...

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By Dr. Jack Graham | September 6, 2011

Chapter 80