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But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP

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Order My Steps

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Psalm 84:2 KJV

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Watch and Listen to “Order My Steps” sung by Jennifer Hudson.

Bible Basis

July Book Read From Read To Devotional
9th Psalm Book 81 Book 87 Order My Steps

Memory Verses

I am the Lord your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10 AMP
My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Psalm 84:2 KJV
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. Psalm 84:4 KJV
For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. Psalm 84:10 KJV
For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Psalm 86:5 KJV

Key people

Here is a list of key people found in today’s reading (in order of appearance) with bios from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

David. A young shepherd who gains fame first as a musician and later by killing the enemy champion Goliath.

Today’s Devotional Reading: Psalm 81 – 87

Psalm 81 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 82 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 83 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 84 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 85 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 86 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 87 Amplified Version (AMP)

From Matthew Henry’s Commentary

…When David, by the Spirit, introduced the singing of psalms into the temple-service this psalm was intended for that day, to excite and assist the proper devotions of it. All the psalms are profitable; but, if one psalm be more suitable than another to the day and observances of it, we should choose that. The two great intentions of our religious assemblies, and which we ought to have in our eye in our attendance on them, are answered in this psalm, which are, to give glory to God and to receive instruction from God, to “behold the beauty of the Lord and to enquire in his temple;”… (Chapter 81).

…This psalm is designed to make kings wise, and “to instruct the judges of the earth” (as Ps. 2:10), to tell them their duty as (2 Sam. 23:3), and to tell them of their faults as Ps. 58:1…  (Chapter 82).

…The psalmist here makes an appeal and application, I. To God’s knowledge, by a representation of their designs and endeavours to destroy Israel, Ps. 83:1-8. II. To God’s justice and jealousy, both for his church and for his own honour, by an earnest prayer for the defeat of their attempt, that the church might be preserved, the enemies humbled, and God glorified, Ps. 83:9-18. This, in the singing of it, we may apply to the enemies of the gospel-church, all anti-christian powers and factions, representing to God their confederacies against Christ and his kingdom, and rejoicing in the hope that all their projects will be baffled and the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church. (Chapter 83).

Though it be not entitled, yet it may fitly be looked upon as a psalm or song for the sabbath day, the day of our solemn assemblies (Chapter 84).

The church was here in a deluge; above were clouds, below were waves; every thing was dark and dismal. The church is like Noah in the ark, between life and death, between hope and fear; being so, I. Here is the dove sent forth in prayer. The petitions are against sin and wrath (Ps. 85:4) and for mercy and grace, Ps. 85:7. The pleas are taken from former favours (Ps. 85:1-3) and present distresses, Ps. 85:5, 6. II. Here is the dove returning with an olive branch of peace and good tidings; the psalmist expects her return (Ps. 85:8) and then recounts the favours to God’s Israel which by the spirit of prophecy he gave assurance of to others, and by the spirit of faith he took the assurance of to himself, Ps. 85:9-13. In singing this psalm we may be assisted in our prayers to God both for his church in general and for the land of our nativity in particular. The former part will be of use to direct our desires, the latter to encourage our faith and hope in those prayers (Chapter 85).

This psalm is entitled “a prayer of David;” probably it was not penned upon any particular occasion, but was a prayer he often used himself, and recommended to others for their use, especially in a day of affliction (Chapter 86).

Zion, for the temple’s sake, is here preferred, I. Before the rest of the land of Canaan, as being crowned with special tokens of God’s favour, Ps. 87:1-3. II. Before any other place or country whatsoever, as being replenished with more eminent men and with a greater plenty of divine blessings, Ps. 87:4-7. Some think it was penned to express the joy of God’s people when Zion was in a flourishing state; others think it was penned to encourage their faith and hope when Zion was in ruins and was to be rebuilt after the captivity (Chapter 87).


If something is vexing your spirit, you have to get it out of your system. Sinful vices as well as most things not in moderation and even prolonged sorrow can all be cancerous to your spirit from God. Do not let anything hinder your praise.We have read through many complaints of David about various adversaries unto this point in the book of Psalms. These have been intermingled with expressions of devotion. Certainly we do (and we should) seek God for deliverance when we are downtrodden. However there is a sometimes overlooked principle of holy imbalance that applies to spiritual growth.

Although the natural inclination of life is to find balance and symmetry, it is the holy imbalance of praise to all other expressions (like 3 parts praise to 1 part petition (for example)), that propels the mind to Christ. It is certainly not the will of God that our lamentations outweigh our praise completely. The perpetual inequality of praise with all else is that praise should always be the heavyweight (and not the heavy weight – since praise is comely for the upright) that aids our light going. In other words, not only should praise serve to usher in the balm of Gilead that heals our wounded soul; but it should also be used as a tool in that spiritual warfare that is our responsibility – for by praise we can also overcome our enemies. If it were not so, we would not be able to fulfill the will of God, that we not allow both blessing and cursing to proceed from the same mouth. If we are not to curse our enemies; if the battle is truly the Lord’s (YES IT IS!!), then there must be a more excellent way for us to participate in victory with our prophesier (mouth – ). Else, the word could not be true (AND IT IS).

If you feel a Jericho in your life, like a fenced city between you God, you have His permission to march around that city and sing. The battle is the Lord’s. We were created to praise Him. When we do our part, the God of all creation is faithful to perform His very word. Let your praise outweigh your petition. Ask. Yes. Ask and it shall be given. Seek. Yes. Seek and ye shall find. Knock. Yes. Knock and it shall be opened unto you. But in all your getting, get an understanding. We make our petition known to God who alone is able to accomplish exceeding and abundantly above all that we ask or even think. AND, we let our praise outweigh our petition.

Health and wellness: If you drink a can of Soda (Pop), you will need to drink at least ten times that much water to reset your internal filter (rinse cycle). If your mind is a filter for your heart, how much praise do you think is required to “rinse” away the residue of cancerous thoughts and deeds?

What we see manifesting in these mid-eighties Psalms is a change in the atmosphere of praise. There is progressively less giving of lamentation over the works of enemies – though their heckling is apparently not altogether ceased. Now we see more of David’s true heart – which was sometime hidden. The first verse of Psalm 86 identifies it as “a prayer” of David, rather than a song. We know that prayers can be sung and since David was an avid songwriter, he likely did sing prayers also, at least some of the time. However this notation is another cue to a different plain.

The atmosphere that evokes the presence of the Holy Spirit is concentrated. It is a pure and true example of how God “inhabits” praise. His glory fills the air as you read, speak and meditate on sincerely praising Him. Psalm 86:4 captures David at his best, saying, “I lift up my soul.” He is not lifted up, like puffed up in pride. He is rendering to God in totality, what he acknowledges (and rightly so) to be the possession of God – his very soul. We would liken this phrase to, “I surrender all.” There is a clear tone of a heart in reverence; a heart that cries out to the living God, knowing full well that he (or she) is speaking to that One who is worthy: The Almighty. You can almost see David standing in awe. Beloved, this is where our true power comes from –  not from our wealth or braun or by carrying a big stick.

It is in our surrender to God that we find we are stronger than ever. Because He is our strength.

Like the hills and valleys many of us have faced, David does not stay on this mountain top all the time. Yet the example is worth repeating as often as possible, for this is where the just cross over, from praise to worship.

‎23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:23-24

Motivational speakers want to be sought-after keynoters. This is an honor in a bureau of toastmasters. Actors want to be sought after too. A memorable performance is as good as Golden Globe. Singers want to be sought after artists. Double platinum is the new “black.” But God, the creator of heaven and earth, seeks after those who worship Him in spirit and in truth. What an honor, to be sought of God Himself.

PSALM 85:9-13

Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. 10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other11Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. 12 Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. 13Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.


1 <> How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of themWho passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah. Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed. 10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. 12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.


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  1. Dear Shenica: You write with a very unique voice. There is so much intent in what you express and much to learn on things that are truly important. I would love to watch you grow your blog into something much larger than what it is. Please pray and persist. I am with you all the way, with prayer and blessings. Sophie


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