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Sorrow and Joy

  • Jun 2021 Issue
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Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name.—Psalm 79:9

Have you ever been in a situation where you weren’t sure what to say? This can happen in our relationship with God as well. Sometimes, words fail us.

For years, I have prayed through the Psalms, one or two a day. The Psalms have helped me grow in my relationship with God, giving me language to use during times of joy or lament. They model what a relationship with God looks like. It is my prayer that through this study, we will:

  • Learn how to relate to God in joy and sorrow
  • Wonder at God’s faithfulness, grace, and justice
  • Express gratitude to God for His mighty acts of salvation
  • Long for Christ’s return when we will be in His presence forever

Your devotional author,
Ryan J. Cook

Ryan Cook is an Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Moody Theological Seminary. He has worked in Christian education and served as a pastor in Michigan for seven years. Ryan and his wife, Ashley, and their three children reside in Northwest Indiana.


Managing Editor: Jamie Janosz, Senior Editor: Elena Mafter, Contributing Editor: John Koessler, Writer: Ryan J. Cook, Art Director: Lynn Gabalec, Graphic Designer: Rachel Hutcheson, Marketing & Production: Paul B. Currie

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