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Elul is the thirteenth month of the Jewish calendar. It is a time of searching one’s heart and offering forgiveness to others as we prepare for the New Year. It is customary to read Psalm 27 every day during the month.
Sunday, September 1, 2019 | Elul 1, 5779
“The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1
My God, You are always with me. Even when I’m in danger, I don’t have to be afraid. My eternity with You is secure.
Monday, September 2, 2019 | Elul 2, 5779
“When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.” – Psalm 27:2
Jesus, give me Your words to speak to those who would ridicule my faith, persecute me, or discriminate against me. Let Your wisdom and compassion flow through me.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 | Elul 3, 5779
“Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.” – Psalm 27:3
Holy Spirit, Your guidance secures me. Your strength empowers me. Your love emboldens me.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 | Elul 4, 5779
“One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life…” – Psalm 27:4
Father, I want to be near You. I want to be close to You all the days of my life. Give me a love and devotion for our time together.
Thursday, September 5, 2019 | Elul 5, 5779
“…to gaze on the beauty of the Lord…” – Psalm 27:4
You are beautiful in all of Your ways, Lord. You are holy, majestic, awe-inspiring, and good. Let me see You and honor You for who You are.
Friday, September 6, 2019 | Elul 6, 5779
“…and to seek Him in His temple.” – Psalm 27:4
Jesus, give me a longing for You. Give me a passion to seek You in worship and in my own life. I know that You will always speak to me when I seek You with all my heart.
Saturday, September 7, 2019 | Elul 7, 5779
“For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.” – Psalm 27:5
I trust in Your protection, Father. You are all I have to lean on. In this life and in the next, You are Savior and Deliverer.
Sunday, September 8, 2019 | Elul 8, 5779
“Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at His sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.” – Psalm 27:6
Holy Spirit, help me to remember everything that You’ve done for me so that I can worship and thank You. I don’t want to lose my gratitude, so keep Your actions fresh in my mind.
Monday, September 9, 2019 | Elul 9, 5779
“Hear my voice when I call, Lord.” – Psalm 27:7
I thank You, Father, that You hear everything I say to You. You even know my thoughts and my feelings and accept them as prayers to You.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | Elul 10, 5779
“Be merciful to me and answer me.” – Psalm 27:7
Holy Spirit, I know that You want to speak to me. Open my mind, my heart, and my spirit to hear what You have to say.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 | Elul 11, 5779
“My heart says of You, ‘Seek His face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek.” – Psalm 27:8
Jesus, train me so that my first reaction is to turn to You. Make it an instinct borne out of my great love for You.
Thursday, September 12, 2019 | Elul 12, 5779
“Do not hide Your face from me, do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior.” – Psalm 27:9
Father, I thank You for Your faithfulness to me. You are always there for me. You never turn away. Make me obedient so that I never turn away from You.
Friday, September 13, 2019 | Elul 13, 5779
“Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” – Psalm 27:10
Jesus, You are the one I count above all others. You are the one who will love me when no one else will. You are the one who accepts me when others don’t.
Saturday, September 14, 2019 | Elul 14, 5779
“Teach me Your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.” – Psalm 27:11
Holy Spirit, teach me how to handle those who stand against me. Show me the path of wisdom to avoid conflict and the path of love to make peace. Show the path of boldness to stand for You and the path of humility to accept correction.
Sunday, September 15, 2019 | Elul 15, 5779
“Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.” – Psalm 27:12
Father, when others speak against me or my faith in You, uphold me. Let me be an example to those who don’t know You. Let me be an example of a true believer with integrity, for Your glory.
Monday, September 16, 2019 | Elul 16, 5779
“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” – Psalm 27:13
Father, I know that the hard times I go through are not the end of the story. You have better things for me. I trust in You.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | Elul 17, 5779
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:14
Jesus, give me patience. Give me endurance. Give me a faith that waits on You instead of rushing ahead. Keep my faith secure as I wait for Your timing.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | Elul 18, 5779
“The Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.” – 1 Chronicles 28:9
Father, I thank You that You know me. I don’t have to hide anything from You because You already know everything I think, feel, and do. Give me a heart that seeks You above all else.
Thursday, September 19, 2019 | Elul 19, 5779
“Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.” – Psalm 4:4
Holy Spirit, give me a reverent fear for Your holiness. Turn my thoughts inward and show me anything that You want to change.
Friday, September 20, 2019 | Elul 20, 5779
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” – Psalm 139:23
Father, You know the worries and fears that I have. Give me the faith to trust in You.
Saturday, September 21, 2019 | Elul 21, 5779
“If you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” – Proverbs 2:3-5
Yes, Jesus, give me a desire to study Your Word. Show me how to honor it above all other teaching. Let Your Holy Spirit show me what it means, so that I can respect You and know You as I should.
Sunday, September 22, 2019 | Elul 22, 5779
“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” – Jeremiah 17:10
Father, You know my heart. You know my motives. You know my thought processes. Give me a clean heart and a pure mind so that I can please You in my actions.
Monday, September 23, 2019 | Elul 23, 5779
“For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I Myself will search for My sheep and look after them.” – Ezekiel 34:11
Thank You, Jesus, for coming to look for me and calling me Your own.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | Elul 24, 5779
“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” – Matthew 6:12
Holy Spirit, help me to forgive others out of the joy of Your forgiveness to me.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | Elul 25, 5779
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’” – Matthew 18:21-22
Jesus, give me a forgiving heart like Yours. No matter how many times I sin against You, You forgive me.
Thursday, September 26, 2019 | Elul 26, 5779
“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” – Mark 11:25
Father, I thank You that You are concerned not only with my relationship to You, but with my relationship to Your other children. Bring my mind anyone that I need to forgive and help me to do so.
Friday, September 27, 2019 | Elul 27, 5779
“So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.” – Luke 17:3
Jesus, give me the boldness and tact to confront someone with their sin and the love and grace to forgive them.
Saturday, September 28, 2019 | Elul 28, 5779
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” – Colossians 3:13
Father, Your forgiveness was a gift to me. Help me to freely give that gift to others.