Soul Detox 2013: Day

Day 20


Today's Text: Psalm 34:1-22


Join us for Day 20 of Soul Detox and then join us for discussion and community in the comments below!


  • In trusting in the Lord and praising Him at all times even in those times that worry me he will calm me He will take away that burden.

    The daily 'stress' I feel at work, my household, my personal life, my marraige wont be 'stressful' if I keep my praise to the Lord and my trust in Him.


    Psalms 24:4-5 (NIV) I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

  • Ellen MR

    Ibukun, most definitely take it slow to make such a decision! Forever is a long time- pray and seek counsel if need be. Some men can be very persuasive and you need to come to a decision in your own time! He will wait and respect that if he truly cares for you… I have a 20yr old daughter who has had trouble w/guys who try to get her to change her morals and beliefs. She’s held to her principles, and sometimes feels as if she’ll never meet the right one. But I have faith that all will be well. It will be according to His time, and His will.
    Praying you find your answers!!

    • Ibukun

      Thak you so much for your kind words and prayers, Ellen! I will seek counsel and pray and this more

  • Mish @ MishMarieG

    I LOVE Verse 4: God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears.

    I’m starting up a new section of nursing where I’m BY FAR the most junior nurse on many levels. I have American perfectionism breed into me and I have to be VERY aware of my anxiety levels. This verse spoke to me so well and at such an important time. I just love reading verses from all over the bible, because there’s so much to learn and marinade in.

    Mish xo

  • How different could your life be if you put your full trust in God and strived to seek Him daily?

    My life would be so different if I did that! Especially right now where I’m seeking God’s face about a relationship I’m about to enter. Joseph (that’s his name) already feels peace about us and he tells me that he has sought God’s face about us and God has given him inner peace but I haven’t got any of that. All I can think is “You might be spending the rest of your life with this man! Are you sure that you love him?” This morning, after waiting on God last night for an answer and after being led to Eph 1: 8-10, I feel like the Holy Spirit led me to the edge of a cliff and just left me hanging there. Today’s chapter looks promising and I’m going to brood on it this morning before I get up and prepare for church. “I prayed to the Lord and He answered me. He freed me from all of my fears” (vs 4 NLT) this verse speaks to me the most right now. I’m afraid I might be making a wrong decision and all sorts of “what if” questions are flying around in my head. Please pray that I can joyfully sing today that God has answered me and rescued me from my fear. I will continue to pray for all the luvlies on this community. Y’all dunno what you mean to me

    • Candacejo

      We will certainly pray with you about your situation! You must have peace too! Get counsel if need be. Take it slow. Be sure! And above all seek the Lord!

  • Mrs. Pancakes

    Wanted to share that I’ve been reading your plans on you version and it’s awesome. Thanks!!

  • lisabethjean

    When raising my kids I used verse 13 on them all the time.

    Today was the very first time I realized that verse 12's promises were conditional on 13's obedience:

    12. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,
    13. keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.

    Father, put Your hand over my mouth today.

  • jesusgirl71

    What would it look like if I seek the Lord and trust Him? I think the verses I am about to post below really illustrate the answer to that

    Psalm 34:4, 5, 7, 8 NIV

    "I sought the Lord , and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him."

    these are promises, gals! We can count on them!

  • Ellen MR

    I’ve been reflecting on this: “Fearful? Fear is always the first step of Faith…”
    And I DO believe it’s true! I think that being only human, we have the tendency to only first seek Him out when we are afraid of something. Most of us have so much fear pertaining to multiple issues that we only turn to Him in those circumstances. When everything is going well, we tend to become complacent, going along with it, until something happens that stops us in our tracks and we turn to God wailing “Why?!” Then we step out in hope and faith that God will hear us! The first step. Then we turn to Him, seeking Him. And if we are smart, seek Him in not only in fearful times but good as well! He doesn’t want us to be consumed with fear, He wants us to be happy and to recognize Him in those moments too… I’m rambling today, but I guess what I’m trying to say is if we didn’t have (usually) a fearful moment, a lot of us wouldn’t turn to Him in the first place…
    We all have different personal stories, and I know for me that’s what happened. Actively seeking Him, RELATIONSHIP, letting go of doubts and fear, brings about that JOY ! We will always have our ups and downs, different seasons in our lives. I like v.4 “I went to the Lord for help. He answered me and rescued me from all my fears.” MSG
    TRUST HIM. That’s an issue for me, but I came across this-
    FAITH: Forsaking All (& saying) I Trust Him
    A great acronym to easily remember!
    Have a Blessed, Fearless Day Trusting Him!
    ( sappy, I know..) :)

  • Autumn Dawn Leader

    "In order to face the "what ifs" of fear, you must seek God until He takes away your fears.

    How different could your life be if you put your full trust in God and strived to seek Him daily?"

    Vastly different, obviously. This year, with the help of #SheReadTruth, I HAVE been seeking the Lord daily, and I have made a commitment to meditating the Word, and I am making (some, small) progress. Slow, but progress nonetheless, and I'm thankful for any and all. It's that "full trust" bit there I continue to find a real challenge, as I suppose all of us here do.

    "I prayed to the Lord , and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces." – Psalm 34:4-5

    I love these verses and I know they are God's heart for all of us here. I believe that as we continue to pray – for ourselves and for each other – he will answer all our cries, and He will free us from our fears; we will be radiant with joy and no shame will darken our faces: we will be radiant in grace and freedom. Hallelujah. Be it unto us according to Your word, Lord. Amen!

  • "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." (v.18)(NIV)

    Oh I remember being that person. Brokenhearted and crushed. Not knowing the answers, but looking so desperately for them. Full of fear. My life was in grave danger.. But God knew what today looked like in contrast to THAT dark day. And He reminded me over and over and over again to just trust Him. So trembling with each step, I did trust Him. A little. With all of my unanswered questions and scared right out of my wits, He held me up.

    If I knew then, what I know now…I may have been able to trust God FULLY. Would it have looked differently if I had FULLY trusted God at that time in my life? Perhaps I would have been free of fear. Maybe I would have been able to step outside of my "cave of fear" with confidence and go a do something more useful with all that wasted head space. But God remained faithful…even with the little faith I could muster. Thank you Lord for being my deliverer, provider and healer!

    "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them." (v.7)(NIV)
    "The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing." (v.10)(NIV)

    • Beverly

      Life is all about peaks and valleys. Thanks for sharing a comforting reminder of God's faithfulness!

  • Back when I was a baby Christian, our church sang this as a praise chorus and now I know it will be going through my head all day — what a blessing!

    I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in thee O Lord ; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord , and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. (Psalms 34:1-4 NKJV)

  • Yep, I totally slept in today! :)

    How different could your life be if you put your full trust in God and strived to seek Him daily?

    I think I would be more trusting and joyful! I think if I truly understood how good God is to me and how He provides and protects, I wouldn't be fearful, frustrated, etc. I would have confidence in Him. I love the verse "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good" because at only a small taste of God, we can absolutely know that his goodness extends beyond what we have just tasted/known/experienced. Like after the first bite of a dessert- you just know the rest is going to be awesome, and that there are other good surprises that you probably couldn't fit on your fork the first time. Maybe it's ice cream, maybe it's molten chocolate in the center… but at that first taste we can look forward to those things. Ok, enough with the dessert metaphor… I'm hungry! :)

  • I was a different person one year ago, but I knew that I couldn’t do it by myself. I cried out to God and he answered my prayers. He has given me Love, unending, overflowing, full of mercy and grace. I think the better question is Where would I be without him? He has healed my broken soul. And so I am constantly striving to seek him daily. I am afraid of a life without him…

    Thank you Ladies of Srt. I am constantly gaining wisdom and knowledge of God’s goodness. May God’s light continue to shine!

  • Many of the verses spoke to me this a.m., but the ones I settled on we’re: “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” (Psalms 34:4, 5 ESV)

    This is so clear-cut. If I’m fearful, all I need to do is seek the Lord and he will deliver me from my fears! Very straightforward. Why, then, is it so hard to do at times? I am still learning what it means to “seek the Lord.” I think so often what I’m seeking is just release from my fears not really seeking THE LORD. As Candacejo said, RELATIONSHIP. You’ve got to have relationship. That is the answer to all my problems, all my needs, all my desires. Continuing to work on my relationship with God. Have a blessed day, sisters!

  • Just found this devo! Wow powerful words & to see such support fro my sisters in Christ! Thank you Lord Amen!

  • Gail, verses 13 and 14 stuck out to me as well this morning! Also 18 hit home for me…The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those how are crushed in spirit. (NIV) I have to give my troubles to him and in His time things will happen.

  • This seem like a 2 or 3 day devo! So much to absorb and meditate on. God loves us so much….I must, must follow the instructions of verses 13 and 14 …..keep my tongue from evil, turn from ALL evil,do good, seek PEACE and peruse it. I see that this is definitely written for me and will be the anchor for my Lenten devotions. Thanks so much Candacejo for Chris Tomlin's video link….. his performance sums it all up and the words are now replaying in my heart. Pray for me to be filled with unending joy, as "Christ lives in me". Galation 2 v 20. Blessings .

    • Candacejo

      You are so welcome, that song has been a blessing to me this week!

  • “The Lord redeems the soul of his servants, and none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.”
    I have been having a rough time of it lately, and taking it out on a lot of people who don’t deserve it. I’ve been tired, worried, and losing hope and instead of trusting The Lord for what is right in my life I’ve been clouded by doubt. And I’ve felt so guilty for some of my words and actions, but God forgives me for all of it, and I can go forth with peace.

  • What a GREAT day!
    Choosing JOY over FEAR! Sing praise to the Lord for he is good! To overcome our fears praise him all day!
    When the spirit of the Lord moves upon my heart I dance like David danced(Salvador)! When you trust GOD to help you over come your fears you will be filled with JOY unending JOY! And that's what I want … be engaged all day with him and to allow him to help me overcome and be filled with joy and peace. Have you ever known or seen people who just beam with confidence and happiness? I have and I always think I want that …..I must remember …. I can have it if I just give myself to God daily! What a wonderful thing to know ! So greatful for this experience!

  • How different could your life be if you put your full trust in God and strived to seek Him daily?

    My life would be complete. This is what God does; He completes us! That is the true meaning of perfection (mature, lacking nothing, complete).

    I instead like many others allow the things of this world to cloud my thinking, believing that placing my trust in the creation and not the Creator is better. When I do this, I cease to live by faith…NOT placing my FULL trust in God!

    That is where I find myself NOW in my “walk”. I am NOT where I thought I was…I am NOT the person I desire to be in God…and for THIS…I have suffered some things needlessly.

    Today I thank God that He is apart of my life, that I do have a relationship with His Son, and that Holy Spirit is always faithful. I have not been a very good daughter OR sister but HE STILL LOVES ME in spite of…”Oh for grace to trust Him more!” (- from “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”)

    Father help me to fully trust You more. Forgive me for trusting only when it is convenient for me. Teach me to seek first Your Kingdom and Your righteousness; knowing You have purposed what is best for me and the plan You have for my life. Thank you for Your faithfulness, in Jesus name, Amen.

  • are we the first ones up @Candacejo?? lol today's reading gives me hope and encourages me to continue to seek God until He takes away my fears. i no longer wish to live in the darkness of my fears. i want to live in the light of Christ!!!!

  • Candacejo

    Everyone must be sleeping in this morning! :) The devotion said we must seek God until He takes away our fears. I have battled fear for many years that is not of God all because I "entertained" the thoughts that the enemy put in my head! And the more I listened the more I believed. I did not apply the scripture, "So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4;7.

    We talked about it in one other lesson, the mind being the devil's playground….we must come before The Lord every morning and begin our day submitting ourselves to Him. I find if I can get up at least a half hour to an hour earlier and spend time in the Word and prayer I can give those things to God that are troubling me, those things I shouldn't be carrying anyway! And no social media, email, etc., until I have spent time with HIM. Oh how it makes a difference in my day! He wants to take these things from me, He said He would be my burden-bearer…."Praise be to The Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Selah." Psalm 68:19. NIV

    But it is a DAILY process….He DAILY bears our burdens but we must DAILY go before Him….not just Sunday go-to-meeting kind of prayers. That won't cut it! You must have RELATIONSHIP! And why wouldn't we want to? So many benefits! He walks with us, talks with us, provides for us, gives peace, comfort and assurance that all is well because He is near!

    Be blessed with this awesome song by Chris Tomlin today, Whom Shall I Fear?!

    • valerie

      i agree! i too spend the beginning of my day in the Word and in prayer. it has made a huge difference in my life.

      it is a daily process and a daily renewal of our minds.

      Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it. (v.14 NLT)

      God gives us all the strength and tools we need but we have to put them to use.

      • Candacejo

        He does give us the tools, you are so correct, but they are useless if we don't use them. Great thought!

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