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Our Daily Bread 22 January 2023 (Sunday Message)

OUR DAILY BREAD DEVOTIONAL TODAY’S MESSAGE

Our Daily Bread 22 January 2023 (Sunday Message)

OUR DAILY BREAD DEVOTIONAL TODAY’S MESSAGE

Our Daily Bread 22 January 2023 (Sunday Message)

Our Daily Bread Ministries is a Christian organization founded by Dr. Martin De Haan in 1938. It is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 600 employees. It produces several devotional publications, including Our Daily Bread.

TODAY’S TOPIC: REACHING OUT

Bible in a Year: Exodus 4–6; Matthew 14:22–36

Bible Verse: He reached down from on high and took hold of me. Psalm 18:16

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 18:16–19

INSIGHT – SUNDAY 22 JANUARY 2023 OUR DAILY BREAD:

Because of David’s success and popularity (1 Samuel 17; 18:15–16), the jealous King Saul tried to kill him (18:10–11). On the run for his life, David sought refuge in mountains and caves (22:1; 23:26; 24:3). But David was mindful that it was God who delivered, protected, and kept him safe. Out of his experience as a fugitive, he wrote Psalm 18 as a thanksgiving song, as noted in the superscription: “Of David the servant of the Lord.

He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.” This song is also found in 2 Samuel 22. David used various metaphors to describe who God was to him: a rock, fortress, deliverer, refuge, shield, horn of salvation, stronghold, and savior (Psalm 18:2–3)—all pictures of protection, security, deliverance, and safety. By: K. T. Sim

OUR DAILY BREAD DEVOTIONAL MESSAGE

In a recent post, blogger Bonnie Gray recounted the moment when overwhelming sadness began to creep into her heart. “Out of the blue,” she stated, “during the happiest chapter in my life, . . . I suddenly started experiencing panic attacks and depression.”

Gray tried to find different ways to address her pain, but she soon realized that she wasn’t strong enough to handle it alone. “I hadn’t wanted anyone to question my faith, so I kept quiet and prayed that my depression would go away. But God wants to heal us, not shame us or make us hide from our pain.” Gray found healing in the solace of His presence; He was her anchor amid the waves that threatened to overwhelm her.

When we’re in a low place and filled with despair, God is there and will sustain us too. In Psalm 18, David praised God for delivering him from the low place he was in after nearly being defeated by his enemies.

He proclaimed, “[God] reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters” (v. 16). Even in moments when despair seems to consume us like crashing waves in an ocean, God loves us so much that He’ll reach out to us and help us, bringing us into a “spacious place” of peace and security (v. 19). Let’s look to Him as our refuge when we feel overwhelmed by the challenges of life. By: Kimya Loder

Our Daily Bread 22 January 2022 (Reflection & Prayer)

  • When have you felt overwhelmed by trials? How did God sustain you?
  • Heavenly Father, there are times when my burdens become too much to carry. Thank You for continuously reaching out to me, sustaining me, and granting me Your peace, strength, and wisdom.
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