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Devotionals by Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

My heart is confident in you, O God; no wonder I can sing your praises! Wake up, my soul! Wake up, O harp and lyre! I will waken the dawn with my song. - Psalm 57:7-8

fter a long, lonely night in a dark, dank cave, nothing lifts the spirits more than the dawning of a new day. Darkness gives way to light, and the sun peers over the horizon, then bursts into blinding sight. Birds strike up their dawn chorus, rejoicing in a new day and a fresh start. Beauty, warmth, brightness, and hope banish the fear and uncertainty of the dark night.

Such an experience inspired David to write this psalm (Ps. 57). David’s enemy, Saul, and three thousand special troops (see 1 Sam. 24:2) were hunting David like “fierce lions who greedily devour human prey” (Ps. 57:4). In the dim recesses of the cave, David had found cold and comfortless shelter, yet he greeted the dawn with a song (57:8). As he told the Lord, he had learned from long and bitter experience in similar circumstances to “hide beneath the shadow of [God’s] wings until this violent storm is passed” (57:1).

When all seemed lost, David focused on “God who will fulfill his purpose for me” (57:2). When Saul’s treachery and insane jealousy made David’s life one long night of misery, the fugitive psalmist reminded himself, “My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness” (57:3). And when David considered his precarious situation, he stated, “My heart is confident in you, O God; no wonder I can sing your praises!” (57:7).

A thousand years after this psalm was written, David’s greatest descendant lay in a dark, dank cave—a tomb, in fact. Jesus had been surrounded by “lions” who had roared for his destruction, whose bitter lies and wicked accusations had torn into his soul “like spears and arrows, and whose tongues cut like swords” (Ps. 57:4). Jesus had suffered the “violent storm” of crucifixion until finally, confidently, he cried out, “Father I entrust my spirit into your hands” (Luke 23:46).

The lions thought they had succeeded in “devouring” Jesus’ human flesh. They had succeeded in killing him. But on the Sunday morning after the dark weekend, “as the new day was dawning” (Matt. 28:1), there was a great earthquake, the stone guarding the tomb rolled away, and Jesus rose again from the dead. From that day to this, David’s prayer—“May your glory shine over all the earth” (Ps. 57:5, 11)—has been gloriously fulfilled. When Jesus rose again, he banished the darkness of death and flooded our future with the light of hope.

The man who sits shivering in his cave should greet each dawn with a song and a prayer—a song of praise and a prayer that, during this day, the Lord will be “exalted above the highest heavens” (57:5, 11).

For Further Study: Psalm 57

Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Men, Copyright ©2000 by Stuart Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

For more from Stuart Briscoe, please visit TellingtheTruth.org.

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About Telling the Truth

Telling the Truth exists to make available sound biblical teaching, practically applied, with a view to producing lives that glorify God and draw people to Christ. The whole of our ministry is to encourage, console, strengthen, teach, and train.

About Stuart, Jill & Pete Briscoe

Stuart Briscoe uses wit and intellect to target your heart, capture your attention and challenge you to grow! You will find his logic compelling as he brings a fresh, practical perspective to the Scriptures. Born in England, Stuart left a career in banking to enter the ministry full time. He has written more than 50 books, received three honorary doctorates and preached in more than one hundred countries. He was senior pastor of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, for thirty years, and currently serves as minister-at-large.

Jill Briscoe was born in England and found Christ when she was 18 years old. She never looked back. Upon graduating from Cambridge University, she began working as a teacher by day and had a vigorous street ministry to the youths of Liverpool by night.

She met Stuart at a youth conference and they married in 1958. In the 50 years since, Jill has become a highly sought-after Bible teacher and author who travels around the world ministering to under-resourced churches and speaking at international seminars and conferences. Since 2000, she and Stuart, who was formerly senior pastor of Elmbrook Church for 30 years, have had the joy of equipping and encouraging believers across the globe in their roles as ministers-at-large for Elmbrook.

Jill has authored more than 40 books including devotionals, study guides, poetry and children's books. Her vivid, relational teaching style touches the emotions and stirs the heart. She serves as Executive Editor of Just Between Us, a magazine of encouragement for ministry wives and women in leadership, and served on the board of World Relief and Christianity Today, Inc., for over 20 years.

Jill and Stuart call suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin their home. When they are not traveling, they spend time with their three children, David, Judy and Peter, and thirteen grandchildren.

Pete Briscoe leads Telling the Truth, a multi-faceted media ministry he shares with his parents Stuart and Jill Briscoe, broadcasting Bible teaching across the United States on more than 500 radio stations and across the world on the internet and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, to help more people come to know Christ and experience fullness of life in Him. Pete also served as senior pastor of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Carrollton, Texas for nearly 30 years after completing his seminary training at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Pete and his wife, Libby, have three adult children and find great joy in experiencing the Life of Christ each day

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