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Whether you're new to your faith or you're a longtime follower of Jesus, you probably want to get more out of the Bible and get more out of prayer. How can you break though all the distractions and make reading the Bible and prayer more a part of your life? How do you know what to pray?

Forty years ago I discovered something that significantly helped me to have a deeper, more real experiences with God. I learned how to use the Bible as my conversation with God.

In this podcast I want to help you do exactly that. I want to help YOU learn how to have deeper, more intimate conversations with God through the Bible so YOU can live into God’s bigger story and have A Bigger Life.

Look for new episodes every Tuesday and Thursday.

A Bigger Life Prayer and Bible Devotionals with Pastor Dave Cove‪r‬ The Crossing

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Whether you're new to your faith or you're a longtime follower of Jesus, you probably want to get more out of the Bible and get more out of prayer. How can you break though all the distractions and make reading the Bible and prayer more a part of your life? How do you know what to pray?

Forty years ago I discovered something that significantly helped me to have a deeper, more real experiences with God. I learned how to use the Bible as my conversation with God.

In this podcast I want to help you do exactly that. I want to help YOU learn how to have deeper, more intimate conversations with God through the Bible so YOU can live into God’s bigger story and have A Bigger Life.

Look for new episodes every Tuesday and Thursday.

    Seeing the Bigger Bigger Story in Psalm 89 | Psalm 89

    Seeing the Bigger Bigger Story in Psalm 89 | Psalm 89

    Psalm 89 shows us that the drama of our lives takes place in the bigger story of God’s redemption and restoration of this world through the perfect Son of David, Jesus the Christ. But that story is even bigger yet, because there’s an even bigger drama taking place in the spiritual realm that parallels the human drama. And Psalm 89 shows us that as well. Let’s talk about it in this episode.

    Psalm 89 ESV
    1 I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
    2 For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”
    3 You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant:
    4 ‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations.’”
    5 Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
    6 For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,
    7 a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him?
    8 O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you?
    9 You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.
    10 You crushed Rahab like a carcass; you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
    11 The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.

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    • 27 min
    Seeing Jesus in Psalm 89 | Psalm 89

    Seeing Jesus in Psalm 89 | Psalm 89

    Centuries before Jesus was born, the Psalm of the Old Testament told of him. Jesus told his disciples that everything would be fulfilled that was written about him in the Psalms (Luke 24:44). So whenever we read the Psalms we should look for Jesus. And we clearly find him in Psalm 89. When you praise the Jesus seen in Psalm 89, your life will become larger, filled with the promise of all that God is for you in Christ.

    Psalm 89 ESV
    1 I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
    2 For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”
    3 You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant:
    4 ‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations.’”
    5 Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!

    14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
    15 Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face,
    16 who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted.

    26 He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
    27 And I will make him the firstborn, the highest of the kings of the earth.
    28 My steadfast love I will keep for him forever, and my covenant will stand firm for him.
    29 I will establish his offspring forever and his throne as the days of the heavens.

    33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love or be false to my faithfulness.
    34 I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
    35 Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David.
    36 His offspring shall endure forever, his throne as long as the sun before me.
    37 Like the moon it shall be established forever, a faithful witness in the skies.

    52 Blessed be the LORD forever! Amen and Amen.

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    • 19 min
    Will You Praise God Forever? | Psalm 89

    Will You Praise God Forever? | Psalm 89

    The word “forever” has always intrigued me. Most of the time it’s used in songs or poetry it’s a lie. The Beatles’ Strawberry Fields Forever? Or “Love you forever and forever”? But when the Psalms in the Bible use that word it’s actually a promise that can be kept. God’s covenant promise. And suddenly we’re invited into a much bigger story. “Forever” is repeated a lot in Psalm 89. It’s summoning you into a life-filling promise of God’s forever steadfast love and faithfulness and righteousness and justice.

    Psalm 89 ESV
    1 I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
    2 For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”

    14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
    15 Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face,
    16 who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted.

    52 Blessed be the LORD forever! Amen and Amen.

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    • 21 min
    Killing Little Jesus | Hebrews 1:1-3

    Killing Little Jesus | Hebrews 1:1-3

    What comes to your mind when you think of Jesus? What image? What imagination? How do you feel toward that Jesus? How much do you want that Jesus to be Lord/King of your life? See, I don’t think the problem for most of us is that our sin is too big for us to resist it. I just think our Little Jesus is too small to not resist. So today I want to have a conversation with God through a passage in the Bible to kill your Little Jesus. Because the real Jesus in this biblical passage is far greater than we can ever imagine, and far too great to ever want to resist. So let’s have a conversation with God.

    Hebrews 1:1–3 NIV
    In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

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    • 26 min
    Redeeming Your Desire for Greatness and Glory | Psalm 85

    Redeeming Your Desire for Greatness and Glory | Psalm 85

    Do you sometimes think that your desire for greatness and glory is pride? Do you sometimes feel guilty for that as if somehow that's an inordinate desire that you need to confess as pride? The desire for greatness and glory is actually not the same as pride. Pride is in fact a virus that hijacks that desire. But the desire for greatness and glory is God given. It's what God intended for you as part of humanity because it's what God intended in creating humanity in his image (Genesis 1:26-28). In actuality, the gospel is God restoring us to greatness and glory (Romans 8:16-21). One of the ways that we live a bigger life is to develop a biblical vocabulary for prayer that keeps us in this bigger story — keeps our lives in the narrative of the gospel. And Psalm 85 is a great psalm for that. Listen in with me and let’s see how.

    Psalm 85 ESV
    2 You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin.

    4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us!

    6 Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
    7 Show us your steadfast love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.
    8 Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.
    9 Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
    10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
    11 Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky.
    12 Yes, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
    13 Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.

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    • 21 min
    How to Pray Using a Psalm | Psalm 80

    How to Pray Using a Psalm | Psalm 80

    Let’s say you want to have a conversation with God using a Psalm. You open to Psalm 80. You start reading and quickly realize it doesn’t really resonate with you. Honestly, you don’t think you understand much of what you’re reading. So what can you do? One option is to just close your Bible and do something else because that didn’t work. Another option is to use a good study Bible that will help explain what you don’t understand. But a third option is the best one: just focus on what you do understand. You’re not doing a Bible study. You’re just wanting to have a conversation with God. So find words and phrases in the Psalm that do resonate with you and stop and use your imagination and pray using those words. Change “we” and “us” to “I” and “me.” Psalm 80 is filled with great phrases you can use to have an awesome conversation with God. Let’s do it.

    Psalm 80:1–4 ESV
    1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.
    2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might and come to save us!
    3 Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
    4 O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers?

    Psalm 80:7–8 ESV
    7 Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved!
    8 You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it.

    Psalm 80:17–19 ESV
    17 But let your hand be on the man of your right hand, the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!
    18 Then we shall not turn back from you; give us life, and we will call upon your name!
    19 Restore us, O LORD God of hosts! Let your face shine, that we may be saved!

    Numbers 6:25–26 NIV
    The LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.

    Psalm 67:1 ESV
    May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us.

    2 Corinthians 4:6 NIV
    For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

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Thank you David Cover

Being led in prayer through the scriptures is teaching me how to draw near to God. I’m so grateful for this ministry and I want to thank you. Praise Be To God

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Prayer and the Psalms

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