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Fresh Start Devotionals

The Pit

Staring through the prison bars from his “pit,” Joseph’s mind wandered to the last time he looked through a dusty haze into the sky. That time, his brothers ripped his robe off of him, soiled it with the blood of a wild animal and threw him into a pit. With his garment, they deceived his father, telling him that Joseph was dead. Joseph didn’t stay in the pit. They sold him as a slave to an Egyptian caravan.

Egypt wasn’t all that bad for Joseph. Sure, he missed his father and longed for home, but he had a good assignment-watching after Potiphar’s household. He’d done well for himself and became head over the entire household. Potiphar didn’t keep anything from him, except of course, his wife.

Potiphar’s wife had another idea. She found Joseph attractive and made a pass at him. “But Joseph refused. “Look,” he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. [9] No one here has more authority than I do! He has held back nothing from me except you, because …

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

July 2

Words and Music by Elton M. Roth, 1891–1951
  Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for Him. Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music. (Psalm 98:1, 4)
King Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived, once made this observation: “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit” (Proverbs 15:13). The medical profession has also long realized that happy people are the healthiest people. But how does one achieve that happiness—that joy? The child of God knows that it comes from living close to the Savior. And beyond that—joy experienced should also be joy expressed.
This ought to be true in our individual lives as well as when we gather in our church services. True worship must have the ingredient of festal joy. The Psalms insist that we “burst into jubilant song with music” and that we praise our God with “t…