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    by Jan Couns

You (God) have made my lot secure. Psalm 16:5b Hitch your life to the only security there is, The living, moving & active God. Anon The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:6

I rest satisfied that I was crafted by my Master to be who I am and to live eternally as He has planned.

I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. Psalm 16:7 If we have first committed ourselves in prayer to God, and taken a prayerful spirit with us to our bed; in the quiet of its silent…  ( Click for more )

Watch over me, O God, for I put my trust in You. Psalm 16:1 Seeing that the Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness. John Calvin, French ecclesiastical Statesman and Theologian, 1509-1564 O my soul, you have said to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from You.’ Psalm 16:2 To discern what weaknesses and faults separate you from God, you must enter into your own inward ground and…  ( Click for more )

(The godly man) does not backbite with his tongue. Psalm 15:3a Make an effort to bring up something good about a person every time that you hear a negative comment and try to refrain from making negative comments yourself. Streams of Light, Doug Batchelor

(The godly man) does no evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend. Psalm 15:3b God expects all believers to treat others – no matter who they are – with the same compassion He exhibits toward us. Lifeway, Explore the Bible, Summer 2007

(The godly man) despises a vile…  ( Click for more )

Long life is in Wisdom’s right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. Proverbs 3:16 We too often step aside from God’s wisdom to our own hurt and grief. Matthew Henry, 1662-1714, Welsh-born, English nonconformist minister Bible commentator

Wisdom’s ways are pleasant ways And all her paths are peace. Proverbs 3:17 Enlightened self-interest would point out the same course as the highest law of Wisdom. Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910, British Baptist expository preacher

She (Wisdom) is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy…  ( Click for more )

Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:7b-8 We have a bodily machine which we must regulate. God does not regulate it for us. Until we learn to bring the bodily machine into harmony with God’s will, there will be friction, and the friction is a warning that part of the machine is not in working order. Oswald Chambers, 1874–1917

Honor the Lord from your wealth And from the first of all your produce; So your barns will be filled with plenty And your vats will overflow with new wine.…  ( Click for more )

The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. Psalm 14:1 God of my righteousness; not only a righteous God thyself, but the author of my righteous dispositions, thou hast by the grace wrought that good that is in me. Matthew Henry, 1662-1714, was a Welsh-born, English nonconformist minister and Bible commentator

There is none (men) who does good, No, not one. Psalm 14:3b

May I not judge of grace by wrong conceptions, nor measure my spiritual advances by the efforts of…  ( Click for more )

Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3 You need not say, "I am true:" be true. Boast not of integrity, but be upright. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3a,4 When you were born, you cried and people around you laughed. Make sure when you die, you will laugh and people around you will cry. Adrian Rogers, 1931-2005

Trust…  ( Click for more )

(God’s) wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul… Proverbs 2:10 Wisely handling the matter of life gives to man the richest enjoyment, and presents the noblest occupation for his powers; hence by it he finds good in the fullest sense. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist

Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you, To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things… Proverbs 2:11-12 Discernment is about learning to separate truth from lies,…  ( Click for more )

Incline your heart to understanding... Proverbs 2:2b God does not begrudge our desire to understand. Rather, He delights to instruct us in His ways. Lifeway, Explore the Bible, Summer 2007

.if you call out for insight and 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 Wouldn’t it be nice to know the right answers in life?

He has a storehouse of sound wisdom for the upright… Proverbs 2:7a …  ( Click for more )

Turn to my correction, Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. Proverbs 1:23 The repentant will always discover the true origin of the miseries which overtake them. John Calvin, 1509-64, French reformer, theologian

They would not accept My counsel, They spurned all My reproof. They will eat of the fruit of their own way.. Proverbs 1:30-31a I insisted on it and now it has become my shame. Brenda Folz, Christian Precepts teacher

.the complacency of the foolish will destroy them. Proverbs 1:32 When comforts…  ( Click for more )

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.. Proverbs 1:7a When a man becomes a committed to God, he sooner or later sees the falsity, the illusions, and the limitations of the humanist geocentric way of thinking. J.B. Phillips 1906-82, English Bible scholar, translator, author, clergyman

Fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7b Proud of their own wisdom, fools will not learn. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92

Hear, my son, your father's instruction And do not forsake your mother's teaching . they are a graceful wreath to your head And…  ( Click for more )

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David .. To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, Proverbs 1:1-2 Knowing and applying God’s precepts save us from learning the same thing through painful experiences.

The proverbs of Solomon - To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice and equity.. Proverbs 1:1,3 Learn to be the man who lifts the age you inhabit, till all men walk on higher ground in that lifetime. Maxwell Anderson, 1888-1959, US dramatist

The proverbs of Solomon .. To give prudence to the…  ( Click for more )

The Lord also has taken away your sin;.. But because by doing this, you have made the enemies of the Lord show utter contempt.. 2 Samuel 12:13,14a

.our sins give ammunition to unbelievers. God’s reputation is tarnished and His name is blasphemed. Alan Carr, Expository Sermon Notes, Calvary Baptist, Lenoir, NC

(To David) The Lord . has taken away your sin; you shall not die. However, the child . that is born to you shall surely die. 2 Samuel 12:13c,14b

God prefers mercy and kindness and goodness, but is forced by His holiness to give us the best of…  ( Click for more )

The Lord supports the afflicted.. Psalm 147:6a We cannot control the circumstances of life but we can take a humble attitude toward God who takes a special interest in us and will help us handle our circumstances. Warren Wiersbe, American pastor, prolific writer Christian literature, b.1929

The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:11 What God has been to any man He will be to every man, if the man will let Him. Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910, British Baptist expository preacher

The Lord takes pleasure…  ( Click for more )

Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. Psalm 146:3 If ultimate confidence rest in man, it is an optimism which will suffer ultimate disillusionment. Reinhold Niebuhr, 1892-1971, Am theologian, ethicist, public intellectual, political commentator, professor

How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob. Psalm 146:5a The goodness of God knows how to use our disordered wishes and actions, often lovingly turning them to our advantage while always preserving the beauty of his order. Bernard of Clairvaux, 1090–1153, French…  ( Click for more )

The Lord is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. Psalm 145:8 Oh, Lord, I am astonished at the difference between my receivings and my deservings. Valley of Vision, Puritan Prayers and Devotions, 1600/1700s

The Lord is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works. Psalm 145:9 Should not the children of God be like their Father in kindness? Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-92

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations. Psalm 145:13 What a blessing that in a world of uncertainties…  ( Click for more )

(God to David through Nathan) I made you king over Israel and Judah. I freed you from the fist of Saul. I gave you . wives to have and to hold. And if that hadn't been enough, I'd have gladly thrown in much more. So why . evil? 2 Samuel 12:7-9

It is ungrateful to covet what God has prohibited, while we have liberty to pray for what God has promised, and that is enough. Matthew Henry, 1662-1714, was a Welsh-born, English nonconformist minister and Bible commentator.

(God through Nathan to David) Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil.? You…  ( Click for more )

Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God.. Psalm 143:10a When we realize and embrace the Lord’s will for us, we will love to do it. Franklin Graham

Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:10b The Pilot knows the unknown seas, And he will bring us through. John Oxenham, 1861-1941, English journalist, novelist, poet Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow. Psalm 144:4 There are three important questions to ask ourselves: 1) who am I? 2) Why am I here? 3) Where am I going? Doug Sager, Senior Pastor, 1st Baptist…  ( Click for more )

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3 Not only say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult, leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. George Sala, 1828-95, English journalist

Do not let my heart be inclined to any evil thing.. Psalm 141:4a People do not decide to be murderers, addicts, thieves, drunkards, even proud or lazy but they pitch their tent toward Sodom, and the powers of evil overcome them. John H. Eastwood, 1911-2007, author, seminary professor, army chaplain

Let the righteous…  ( Click for more )

(After failing to get Uriah to go home to Bathsheba to cover his adultery with her) David wrote a letter to Joab (his ruthless commander) and sent it by the hand of Uriah (to make sure Uriah would die in battle) 2 Samuel 11:14,15

Sin always takes you farther than you want to go. Trent Stewart, Grace, Knoxville

(Obeying David’s order to get Uriah killed, Joab deliberately sent soldiers too close to the enemy and sent this message to David) the archers shot at your servants from the wall; 18 of the king's servants are dead (including the priest), and your…  ( Click for more )

“.whenever the (evil) spirit (allowed by God) was upon Saul, David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him (for a time). 1 Samuel 16:23

Just because youcannot alleviate the problem, you can help alleviate the suffering.

.the Philistines gathered their armies together to battle . Judah. And Saul and the men of Israel . drew up battle array against the Philistines. The Philistines stood on a mountain on one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side, with…  ( Click for more )

For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7b

Do not look upon the vessel, but upon what it holds. Hebrew proverb

(One by one) Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. But Samuel said ., ‘The Lord has not chosen these (to be king) . Are these all the children?’ (Jesse) said, ‘There remains yet the youngest . tending the sheep.” 1 Samuel 16:10,11

The ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle of finding the answer. Thomas…  ( Click for more )

Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death; for Samuel grieved over Saul. (Saul never sought Samuel again for advise or to ask God for forgiveness)And the Lord (did not change His mind about removing Saul and his family line from ruling Israel). 1 Samuel 15:35

The love of God, with arms extended on a cross, bars the way to hell. But if that love is ignored, rejected, and finally refused, there comes a time when love can only weep while man pushes past into the self-chosen alienation which Christ went to the cross to avert. Michael Green (1930–) …  ( Click for more )

And everyone who was in distress, . in debt, and .was discontented gathered to (David at the cave). So he became captain over (about 400 of) them. 1 Samuel 22:2

Only theperson of worth can recognize the worth in others.. Thomas Carlyle 1795-1881, Scottish Philosopher, Author

(David requests refuge for his parents with the King of Moab saying). ‘til I know what God will do for me.’" 1 Samuel 22:3,4

Hope forthe best; get ready for the worst; then take what God chooses to send.

. prophet Gad said to David, "Do not stay in the stronghold…  ( Click for more )

(Jonathan warns David to flee for his life and then) . they kissed one another (custom of time and place) and they wept together, but David more so. 1 Samuel 20:41

(keep in mind both men were valiant warriors)

Authentic men aren’t afraid to show affection, release their feelings, hug their children, cry when they’re sad. Charles R. Swindoll (1934– )

Then Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, since we have both sworn in the name of the Lord, saying, "May the Lord be between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants,…  ( Click for more )

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