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Daily Devotional: Thanksliving (Day 13)

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Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church

Thanksliving Day 13

Generally, the term “ground zero” is used in relation to earthquakes, epidemics and other disasters to mark the point of the most severe damage or destruction. It has also come to mean “square one” which is the meaning we can apply to the passage above.

The writer of this Psalm speaks of going back to the ultimate “square one”… back to his relationship with the Lord… back to the source of his salvation. When our souls are downcast and we are burdened with trouble and with sorrow, the Psalms can offer a balm to our pain. The words reveal that the only permanent answer to grief, pain, trouble and loss is a constant turning to God in worship and praise.

True joy and gratitude do not depend on the absence of storms but on the presence of God. One of my favorite readings is Psalm 30:5 “Weeping may tarry for the night but joy comes in the morning.” I have experienced darkness and weeping in the night, but I also know that the sun rises every morning and with it will come joy if I focus on the source of that light.

Gratitude In Action

Spend some time reading in the Psalms. They speak of back-breaking pressures, valleys of depression, times when life barely seems worth living but as today’s reading shows, the only answer is to return to God. Pray that your thoughts will return to “ground zero” and that you will choose to be joyful in Him today.

Daily Devotions from Victory Church

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Devotional Scripture

“Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people,from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me!
For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you rejected me? Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling. Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” – Psalm 43: 1-5 English Standard Version (ESV)

About the Author

[ Kay Pflueger ]

Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at