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    by Jan Couns

“(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 )

Let the lying lips be mute Which speak arrogantly against the righteous With pride and contempt. Psalm 31:18 The best way to show that a stick is crooked is not to argue about it or to spend time denouncing it, but to lay a straight stick alongside it. D.L. Moody

How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You. Psalm 31:19a If I cannot rejoice in what I have in the hand of experience, I will glory in that which I can grasp with the hand of faith which is laid up till I have come to be fit to receive it! Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92 …  ( Click for more )

November 25, 2022

For I hear the slander of many; Fear is on every side; While they take counsel together against me; they devised to take away my life. Psalm 31:13 Someone may be more battered than you know, closer to going down or giving up than you could imagine. Ron Hutchcraft But I trust in You, Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ Psalm 31:14 Faith is not so much belief about God as it is total, personal trust in God, rising to a personal fellowship with God that is stronger than anxiety and guilt, loneliness and all manner of disaster. Frederick Ward Kate My times are…  ( Click for more )

Into Your hand I commit My spirit*; You have redeemed Me, O Jehovah, God of truth. Psalm 31:5 Commit: to appoint as a charge to be watched over; to entrust for preservation and safekeeping; and to pledge or engage oneself in active trust. *Words used by Jesus on the cross.

I hate those who regard vain idols, But I trust in the Lord. Psalm 31:6 Be you a man with living principles within; never bow to the varying customs of worldly wisdom. Walk in your path of integrity with steadfast steps, and show that you are invincibly strong in the strength which confidence in God…  ( Click for more )

“(David, having an opportunity to murder Saul) secretly cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. (but). David’s heart troubled him . (Saul was still) the anointed of the Lord.” 1 Samuel 24:2-6 Do not be afraid to allow the Holy Spirit to reveal any unforgiveness or bitterness. The longer you hide it, the stronger it will become and the harder your heart will grow. Stay tenderhearted. John Bevere

“And (David) said to his men, "The Lord forbid that I should . stretch out my hand against (King Saul), seeing he is the anointed of the Lord."…  ( Click for more )

“(After God tells David to go and save the town to the south) David’s men said . ‘we are afraid (Philistines before them and Saul behind)..Then David inquired of the Lord once again. . And the Lord . said go. And David and his men went..” 1 Samuel 23:1-5a

Nehemiah listened to men but responded to God. Dennis Cope, Sunday School teacher

“(after saving Keilah from the Philistines) David prayed, ‘O Lord God, . Your servant has certainly heard that Saul seeks to come to Keilah to destroy the city for my sake. Will Saul come.? Will…  ( Click for more )

I'm about to burst with song; I can't keep quiet about you. God, my God, I can't thank you enough (Message). Psalm 30:12 Fail not to tell of the Lord’s faithfulness and His great goodness—for God loses much glory and poor sinners and saints, too, lose much encouragement when children of God are silent about their experience at the Throne of Grace. Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-92

Psalm of David. In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness. Psalm 31:1 Impatience entangles the process and pride endangers the outcome. …  ( Click for more )

Now as for me, I said in my prosperity, "I will never be moved." Psalm 30:6 Experienced Christian, boast not in your experience; you will trip yet if you look away from him who is able to keep you from falling. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist

O Lord, when you favored me, you made my mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed. Psalm 30:7 Help me to see how good Thy will is in all, and even when it crosses mine teach me to be pleased with it. The Valley of Vision, Puritan Prayers and Devotions, 1600/1700s

Hear,…  ( Click for more )

O Lord my God, I called to You for help and You healed me. Psalm 30:2 His cures are radical - He strikes at the center of the disease; and hence, his cures are sure and certain. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Psalm 30:3b God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down; when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies grey and threatening; when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage.…  ( Click for more )

The voice of the Lord twists mighty oaks and strips the forests bare. In his Temple everyone shouts, "Glory!" Psalm 29:9 Even though at first God's ways might seem harsh to our human mind, it's only because we cannot comprehend the glory that God wants to weave into our lives, once the hard shell of our soul has been shattered. Only then will we know the healing, the strengthening, the empowering, the rest, the peace and joy that comes from God's presence. Nancy Missler

The Lord sat as King at the flood (Noah); Yes, the Lord sits as King forever. Psalm 29:10 …  ( Click for more )

September 30, 2022

The voice of Jehovah is on the waters; the God of glory thunders; Jehovah is above many waters. Psalm 29:3 The Holy Spirit makes divine promises to be heard above the many waters of our soul's trouble and we see God as glorious in the spiritual world as well as in the universe of matter. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92 The voice of the Lord is powerful; The voice of the Lord is full of majesty. Psalm 29:4 I have felt the voice of God within me, and the Spirit hath, himself, revealed some dark mystery, opened some secret, guided me into some truth, given me some direction,…  ( Click for more )

September 23, 2022

Jehovah is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; yea, my heart greatly rejoices; and I will thank Him with my song. Psalm 28:7 Trusting God enlarges the heart and teaches it to sing.

The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. Psalm 28:8 The work of God can only be carried on by the power of God. The church is a spiritual organism fighting spiritual battles. When we sincerely turn to God, we find that His church always moves forward, never backward. Jim Cymbala, The Brooklyn tabernacle Save Your…  ( Click for more )

September 16, 2022

“(charged with treason for helping David) Ahimelech, the priest, answered, ‘Let not the king impute anything to his servant. For your servant knew nothing of (David’s fall from Saul’s favor)’” 1Sam22:9

.listen to (the) explanation and give . the benefit of the doubt.” Larry Simmons

(Even after the priest’s reasonable explanation of his innocence)(King Saul) said, “You shall surely die,. you and all your father’s house (for helping David)!” 1 Samuel 23:16

.own your own feelings of anger. When we…  ( Click for more )

September 9, 2022

(David to Goliath) This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, .that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 1 Samuel 17:46

To be a witness does not consist of engaging in propaganda or in stirring people up. It means to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist. Emmanuel Suhard (1874–1949)

“.the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, (and) David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine (before he was fully prepared).” 1 Samuel 17:26

You win battles…  ( Click for more )

September 2, 2022

(When young David delivers food to the battle front and discovers Goliath challenging Israel and making the army fearful, he ask, 'who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?' 1 Samuel 17:26

Am I asoldier of the cross, A follower of the Lamb, And shall I fear to own His cause, Or blush to speak His Name? Isaac Watts, Am I a Soldier of the Cross? 1721.

“David said to (king) Saul, ‘.your servant will go and fight with this Philistine (Goliath);.’ And Saul said . ‘you are not able . you are a youth…  ( Click for more )

August 26, 2022

(Samuel to Saul) Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected (yet not removed) you from being king." 1 Samuel 15:23c My fearof God should not be that He will put His hand on me but that He will take it off. Adrian Rogers (1931-2005)

.Saul . to Samuel, "I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice. Now therefore, please pardon my sin, and return with me, that I may worship the Lord." 1 Samuel 15:24,25 Repentance ofthe evil act,…  ( Click for more )

The Lord rewarded me .. For all His judgments were before me; And as for His statutes, I did not depart from them. 2 Samuel 22:21a,23 Knowing and lining up God’s Word against the constant facets of life, fosters wise and righteous living. (David continues) the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to my cleanness before His eyes. 2 Samuel 22:25 You can let your conscience by your guide so long as you let God guide your conscience. Adrian Rogers, 1931-2005

(David’s observation of God)With the kind You show Yourself kind……  ( Click for more )

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