August 30 | Daily Devotion

August 30 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina

“Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.” ~Psalm 142:6

Psalm 142

This psalm of David was probably written when he was in a desperate life-or-death situation. “Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me” (v. 6). Sometimes we do our best praying when we are desperate. In those times, we realize that God truly is our only hope. If you are going through one of those situations right now, then pray with all your might.

Psalm 143

Once again David’s enemies are closing in on him, so he spreads out his hands to God and asks for deliverance. He asks not only for his own benefit, but for God’s as well. “For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life” (v. 11). So we also see again that two prominent concerns of Scripture—our good and God’s glory—are intertwined.

Psalm 144

The theme of deliverance from enemies is paramount in this psalm. (Again! David has a lot of these experiences!) He prays for God to come down from heaven and rescue him. He promises to “sing a new song” (v. 9) when God gives him victory. He prays for God to bless him and his children. We are reminded (again!) that Scripture encourages us to pray for God’s blessing!


Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.