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Joy Comes In the Morning

Psalm 30 1I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. 2O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me. 3O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. 4Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. 5For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. 6And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved. 7LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled. 8I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication. 9What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth? 10Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper. 11Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off…

Fresh Start Devotionals

Eternal Destiny Larry worked long, hard hours as the manager of a feedlot, but tried to find time to grow in his personal relationship with the Lord. After taking a four—week witnessing class at his church, he began to take a personal interest in one of his employees. One afternoon he came straight from work to meet with Ed Rowell, his pastor. “Pastor,” he said, “you need to go over to see “Bubba” today. “Why’s that?” Ed asked. “He’s in some big trouble; the police stopped by the feedlot today and said they would arrest him tomorrow. Pastor, you’ve got to go see him, he really needs the Lord.” “I’ll be glad to go with you to back you up,” Ed said, “but you will need to do the talking.” Reluctantly, Larry agreed. Ed hopped in Larry’s pickup and off they went. It was a long drive to Bubba’s trailer—about 20 miles from the church—the last five miles were a terrible dirt road. When they arrived, Ed was shocked at the living conditions. One corner of the trailer was sagging. There were …

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

January 12 JESUS, SAVIOR, PILOT ME Edward Hopper, 1818–1888 Thou wilt show me the path of life. In Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psalm 16:11 KJV) “Lord, save us; we perish,” the disciples cried, and instantly Christ arose to rebuke the winds of the storm and calm the sea. Today’s hymn expresses in 19th century sailor’s language the universal human need for divine help. Edward Hopper, a gentle, humble man, was a Presbyterian minister with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. His most fruitful ministry, however, was with the sailors at the small Church of the Sea and Land in the New York harbor area, where he ministered until his death. Hopper wrote today’s text especially for the spiritual needs of these sailors from around the world; it became their favorite hymn. “Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me” uses only three of the original six verses written by Dr. Hopper. One of the omitted stanzas is an interesting reminder of our constant n…