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    by Jan Couns

Your lovingkindness, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Psalm 36:5 God's mercy with a sinner is only equaled and perhaps outmatched by His patience with the saint. Alan Redpath, 1907- 89 British evangelist, pastor and author

Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O Lord, you preserve both man and beast. Psalm 36:6 God is too kind to do anything cruel, too wise to make a mistake, too deep to explain Himself. Charles R. Swindoll, 1934- How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the…  ( Click for more )

Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication; let them say continually, "The Lord be magnified, Who delights in the prosperity of His servant." Psalm 35:27 Remarkable answers to prayer very much quicken the prayerfulness of other godly persons. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92 Of David. Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts. They have no fear of God to restrain them. Psalm 36:1 A conscience without God is like a court without a judge. Alphonse De Lamartine, 1790-1869, French poet, historian

For in his own eyes he (who has…  ( Click for more )

For they (lying enemies who hate me without cause) do not speak peace; but they devise deceitful things against the quiet ones of the earth. Psalm 35:20 It takes courage To refrain from gossip when others about you delight in it - to stand up for an absent person who is being abused. Anon Stir Yourself and awaken to my judgment, to my cause, my God and my Lord ('Adonay). Psalm 35:23 Keep your relationship with God honest and personal. John Newton, 1725-1807, minister, former slave trader Judge me, O Lord my God, according to Thy righteousness. Psalm 35:24a Willingly…  ( Click for more )

Ruthless witnesses come forward; they question me on things I know nothing about. Psalm 35:11 Rumor is a pipe blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures. William Shakespeare, 1564-1616

They reward me evil for good, To the sorrow of my soul. Psalm 35:12 Security means we know a jerk when we see one and we know a crime when we experience one. Beth Moore, b.1957, Christian author and teacher, So Long Insecurity

I paced about (when praying) as though he were my friend or brother. Psalm 35:14a Until I have wept over your souls and agonized in prayer, I have not…  ( Click for more )

O Lord, Take hold of buckler and shield And rise up for my help. Psalm 35:2 Idealize with bold imagery to emphasize the Divine completeness of protecting power. Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910, British Baptist expository preacher O Lord, Draw out the spear and close ranks to meet my pursuers. Psalm 35:3a Let the Christian pray that he may be spared the encounter. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-1892, British Reformed Baptist, highly influential amongst Christians of different denominations

(O Lord) .say to my soul, I am your salvation. Ps35:3b David knew where to…  ( Click for more )

Many are the afflictions of the righteous; But the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:19 When the time is ripe for certain things, these things appear in different places in the manner of violets coming to light in the early spring. Farkas Bolyai Evil shall slay the wicked; those who hate the righteous shall become guilty. Psalm 34:21 Let God be the judge, the jury and the prosecuting attorney. He knows more about this than you do. Warren Wiersbe, American pastor, writer Christian literature, b. 1929

The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of…  ( Click for more )

(For) the man who desires (a good) life - Depart from evil and do good. Psalm 34:12,14a You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. John Maxwell

(For) the man who desires (a good) life - Seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:12,14b Peace is not won by those who fiercely guard their differences but by those who with open minds and hearts seek out connections. Katherine Paterson, US children’s writer

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous His ears are open to their cry. Psalm 34:15 God does not stand afar off as I struggle…  ( Click for more )

O fear the Lord, you His saints; For to those who fear Him there is no want. Psalm 34:9 Seek not for gifts but for the Giver of Gifts: not for life but for the Giver of Life—then life and the things needed for life will be added unto you. Sadhu Sundar Singh, 1889-1929, Indian Christian missionary

The young lions have lacked and been hungry; but they who seek Jehovah shall not lack any good thing. Psalm 34:10 The strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. Anon

Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Psalm 34:11 A…  ( Click for more )

They looked to Him and were filled with light; and their faces were not ashamed. Psalm 34:5

Christ can put a spring in your step and a thrill in your heart. Optimism and cheerfulness are products of knowing Christ. Billy Graham

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him; He saved him out of all his troubles. Psalm 34:6 In a perilous position by his own fault, troubles came upon him thick and heavy; but in answer to prayer the Lord made a way of escape for him out of them and led him into peace. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92

The angel of the Lord encamps all…  ( Click for more )

Psalm of David. I will bless the Lord at all times. Psalm 34:1a There is no circumstance, no trouble, no testing, that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ, right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment. But I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart. Alan Redpath

His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1b Let us bless God for the…  ( Click for more )

You have also delivered me from the contentions of my people. 2 Samuel 22:44a

.thousands are made the prey of grievous wolves that enter within the fold of the church. What a wonder of grace it is when fierce persecutors are converted, for then the wolf dwells with the lamb. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist, highly influential amongst Christians of different denominations

The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let God be exalted, The Rock of my salvation! 2 Samuel 22:47

Assurance grows by repeated conflict, by our repeated experimental…  ( Click for more )

I have pursued my enemies and destroyed them; Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed. 2 Samuel 22:38

Determination that just won't quit -- that's what it takes. A. J. Foyt, American Race Car Driver

I crushed them completely, and they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet. 2 Samuel 22:39

Whenever, Christian, thou hast achieved a victory over thy lusts - whenever after hard struggling, thou hast laid a temptation dead at thy feet-thou hast in that hour a foretaste of the joy that awaits thee. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed…  ( Click for more )

(He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;) He enables me to stand (remain, endure, take one's stand) on the heights. 2 Samuel 22:34b Apart from grace-driven effort, people . drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated. D.A. Carson, For the Love…  ( Click for more )

The word of the Lord is proven (tested). 2 Samuel 22:31b .like silver refined in the furnace, His people have, in all ages and circumstances, tested and proved the sufficiency of God’s Word for themselves: they have found its doctrine satisfying to the soul, its precepts to be their best interests to follow, its promises absolutely reliable. A.W. Pink

He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. 2 Samuel 22:31c .with God, a mere spider's web becomes a brick wall of protection. US Marine in WWII, protected by a spider’s web although he prayed for…  ( Click for more )

February 17, 2023

With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless With the pure You will show Yourself pure; . with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. 2 Samuel 22:26b,27 We get so identified with an idea that it is literally a “pet” notion and we rise to its defense and stop our eyes and ears to anything different . John Dewey, 1859-1952, US philosopher, educator

You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low. 2 Samuel 22:28 Pride (conceit of one's own superiority) is a tricky thing. It creeps in, unexpected, seeking to take…  ( Click for more )

(While living in Philistine, David had been secretly attacking enemies of Israel, but when he and his men went out to battle, one of those enemies, the Amalekites, burned their town and took captive all their wives and children)

“David was greatly distressed, . But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. (and inquired of the Lord (as to what to do).” 1 Samuel 30:6-8

You can do more than pray, after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed. John Bunyan.

David pursued (the Amalekites) Then they found an Egyptian,…  ( Click for more )

“(although David was anointed by God as ultimate king of Israel) David said in his heart, ‘.I shall perish someday by the hand of Saul. I should speedily escape to the Philistines (so Saul will forget about me). 1 Samuel 27:1

Worry is a think stream of fear which, if encouraged, becomes a wide channel into which all other thoughts flow. Anon

(in despair) David arose (with his family) and went over with the six hundred men who were with him to (live with the Philistines – Israel’s enemy). .so Saul sought him no more. 1 Samuel 27:2-4 …  ( Click for more )

(King Saul to David) .the Lord delivered me (your enemy) into your hand, (and) you did not kill me. Therefore may the Lord reward you with good for what you have done to me this day. And Saul (and his army) went home. 1 Samuel 24:18-22

We reform others unconsciously when we act uprightly. Madame Anne Sophie Soymanov Swetchine (1782–1857)

“Abigail . a woman of good understanding (averted David’s revenge on her harsh and evil husband Nabal). Then David said blessed is the Lord God who sent you this day to me, blessed is your advice and blessed…  ( Click for more )

.the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him To deliver their soul from death And to keep them alive in famine. Psalm 33:18a,19 God will suit His help to each requirement. As the moment arrives “the thing” will be there. F.B. Meyer, 1847-1929, English Baptist pastor and evangelist involved in inner city ministry Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20 Some of your greatest blessings come with patience. When you must wait for God to act, you can be confident that He knows what is best for you. Warren Wiersbe, American pastor…  ( Click for more )

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. Psalm 33:12 When many believers allow God to work through them, the radiance of the church will grow stronger. Its beam of light will penetrate the darkness and provide the direction that our nation so desperately needs. Charles Stanley, b1933, First Baptist Church of Atlanta pastor

He . fashions the hearts of men, He . understands all their works. Psalm 33:15 We all come to prayer with a tangled mass of motives altruistic and selfish, merciful and hateful, loving and…  ( Click for more )

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made (asah – fashioned, put in order) And by the breath (Spirit) of His mouth all their host. Psalm 33:6 If you don’t believe He can, how can you believe God will? Steve Standifer, Christian man

He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses. Psalm 33:7 The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order. Whitehead, Alfred North

For He spoke and it came into being; He commanded, and it stood fast. Psalm 33:9 I looked up to the heavens…  ( Click for more )

Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones; And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart. Psalm 32:11 Joy is the flag you fly when the Prince of Peace is in residence within your heart. Wilfred Peterson Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Psalm 33:1 Live such a life that your faith is not questioned and your words are greeted with respect.

Give thanks to the Lord with lyre and harp . Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. Psalm 33:2,3 Seek to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the…  ( Click for more )

You are my hiding place;.. You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah Psalm 32:7b Our weakness unstrings our harps, but His strength tunes them anew. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. Psalm 32:8a Give me an open mind, O God, a mind ready to receive and to welcome such new light of knowledge as it is Thy will to reveal to me. John Baillie, 1886-1960, Scottish theologian

I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Psalm 32:8b God leads us step by step, from event to event. As we look back over the way we…  ( Click for more )

When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long. Psalm 32:3 Unconfessed sin in your bosom and will eat out your heart! Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist

Day and night your hand was heavy upon me (because of unconfessed sin); my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Psalm 32:4 Common conviction is against a man's will, it makes him not the better man, only he is tortured and tormented; but a man that is convinced by the Spirit, joins with the Spirit against himself; he accuses himself; he takes God's…  ( Click for more )

In fear and alarm, I said, "God cannot see me!" But you heard my prayer when I cried out to you for help. Psalm 31:22 He who has a faith which is not to be shaken has won it through blood and tears—has worked his way from doubt to truth as one who reaches a clearing through a thicket of brambles and thorns. Helen Adams Keller, 1880-1968

Love the Lord, all you godly ones! The Lord protects faithful people, but he pays back in full those who act arrogantly. Psalm 31:23 God has created us perfectly free to disbelieve in him as much as we choose. If we…  ( Click for more )

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