Monday, October 17, 2022

Daily Devotions From the Psalms by Joyce Meyer

About the Book:

The Book of Psalms offers readers ways to rejoice in prayer, to bow in worship, and to exalt God for all he does and for all his blessings to us, and at the heart of Psalms, there is a deep trust in God. When you spend time with God—reading His Word, listening, and praying for His direction—God will strengthen and enable you to handle life peacefully and wisely instead of merely trying to get through the day.

With the constant demands and pressures of daily life, it can be hard to regularly pause to be with and listen to God's voice. Joyce's practical teaching format in this 365-day devotional will encourage you to take the time for yourself so that you can fully receive the wisdom found in Psalms.

You can watch the book trailer here.


My Review:

The Psalms are full of emotion. The writers cry out in situations from distress to worship and joy. Meyer hopes we will relate to God as honestly as the psalmists did. No matter what we are feeling, we can tell God about it.

She does not write on every verse of every psalm. After all, it is the biggest book in the Bible. She does cover a year's worth of verses, hitting the major concepts. The devotions are numbered, not dated, so one could begin using this devotional at any time.

One of my favorites was about sleeping from Psalm 4:8. Rather than lie awake in bed thinking about our problems, Meyer suggests we think about the goodness of God. If there is something for which we need to repent, do so. Then we can sleep with a clean conscience. (Day 7)

Meyer encourages us to be totally honest with God. We can vent our feelings just as David did in Psalm 6. We are not to try and impress God with our lofty prayers, but rather cry out with honest feelings. Admit we are not fine. Admit we feel like God has abandoned us. Do so in faith, however.

As is typical with Meyer, she encourages us to always have hope. She includes encouraging words in each devotion. For example, when others criticize or when we feel rejected, know that God loves us and accepts us. She has good teaching on how to deal with feelings such as jealousy and envy, and much more.

This is a good devotional encouraging readers to express their feelings to God while Meyer gives positive encouragement as well.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author:

Joyce Meyer is a New York Times best-selling author and one of the world's leading Bible teachers. She teaches practically and candidly and has helped millions of people apply biblical principles to their lives. Joyce holds conferences across the United States and around the world, and her Enjoying Everyday Life program is broadcast to millions online and on TV and radio. She is the author of more than 135 books.

FaithWords, 384 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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