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    by Jan Couns

December 18, 2020

If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. Psalm 139:9-10 Just as the distance between us and God makes no separation and the gulf is one that is bridged over by His love, so distance in time leads to no exhaustion of the divine faithfulness and care, nor any diminution of the resources of His grace. Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910, British Baptist expository preacher

If I say, "Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night," But…  ( Click for more )

December 11, 2020

You know my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Psalm 139:3 Many say in their hearts, "God seeth them not," while with their tongues they confess he is an all seeing God. Joseph Caryl, 1602-73, English Independent minister

You know everything I'm going to say before I start the first sentence. Psalm 139:4 (Message) Heed words not yet spoken that the Holy Spirit may affect their delivery. You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Psalm 139:5 When a man becomes conscious of…  ( Click for more )

Though I walk in the midst of distress, You will revive me. Psalm 138:7a It is our want of watchfulness for the coming of God’s help that we are ever overwhelmed by the tasks, or difficulties, or sorrows of life. Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910, British Baptist expository preacher

The Lord will accomplish what concerns me. Psalm 138:8a In every area, allow God to define for you and show you the fullness of His provision. Henry Blackaby, Canadian evangelical pastor, author Psalm of David - O Lord, You have searched me and known me. Psalm 139:1 God…  ( Click for more )

November 27, 2020

.how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! Psalm 133:1 We can dispense with uniformity if we possess unity. Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-92

God remembered us in our low estate, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, Psalm 136:23 Our Saviour kneels down and gazes upon the darkest acts of our lives. But rather than recoil in horror, he reaches out in kindness and says, 'I can clean that if you want.' And from the basin of his grace, he scoops a palm full of mercy and washes our sin. Max Lucado, Upwords

Psalm of David. I will…  ( Click for more )

November 20, 2020

Lo! Children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Psalm 127:3 According to His perfect design, it is through selflessness of parenting that we can become truly fulfilled. Charles Stanley, b 1933, First Baptist Church of Atlanta pastor

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. Psalm 127:4 Mothers and fathers are granted a single decade in which to lay a foundation of values and attitudes that will help their children cope with the future pressures and problems of adulthood. James C. Dobson, 1936- …  ( Click for more )

November 13, 2020

Our soul is greatly filled With the scoffing of those who are at ease And with the contempt of the proud. Psalm 123:4 Deliver me, Jesus, From the desire of approval and the fear of humiliation. Gold Dust, 1880, French collection golden counsels for sanctification of daily life

Had it not been the Lord who was on our side.. Then the raging waters would have swept over our soul. Psalm 124:1a,5 Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. M. Beattie, b1948, author

Song of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds…  ( Click for more )

The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand. Psalm 121:5 His hand can cool the heat of my burning brow, and stay the tumult of my palpitating heart. That glorious right hand which molded the world can new-create my mind; the unwearied hand which bears the earth's huge pillars up can sustain my spirit; the loving hand which encloses all the saints can cherish me; and the mighty hand which breaketh in pieces the enemy can subdue my sins. CH Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist

The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night. Psalm…  ( Click for more )

October 30, 2020

The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked. Psalm 11:5a Tests expose the false and reveal the true. A.W. Tozer

God’s soul hates the one loving (evil). He shall rain snares on the wicked; fire and brimstone and a scorching wind* shall be the portion of their cup. Psalm 11:5b,6

Human brutes, like other beasts, are allured by their appetites to their destruction. Jonathan Swift *thought to reference the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and miseries in the desert.

For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face. Psalm 11:7…  ( Click for more )

October 23, 2020

You will cause Your ear to hear, To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more. Psalm 10:17c,18 Passionate and satirical invectives (mocking abusive words) against bad men do more hurt than good; let it be to God in prayer, for he alone can make them better. Matthew Henry, 1662-1714, was a Welsh-born, English nonconformist minister and Bible commentator

In the Lord I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, "Flee as a bird to your mountain"? Psalm 11:1 Realize the danger of being an amateur providence, that…  ( Click for more )

Give me understanding according to Your word. Psalm 119:169b Word of God and inward light, Wake my spirit, clear my sight. Samuel Longfellow, 1819-92, American hymnwriter, brother to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet

Let my soul live that it may praise You, And let Your ordinances help me. Psalm 119:175 God fills our soul full of life, preserving it from wandering, giving it to enjoy the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, and letting it live to the fullness of life to the utmost possibilities of its new created being. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92 Deliver…  ( Click for more )

September 25, 2020

Your word is very pure; Therefore Your servant loves it. Psalm 119:140 As silver enriches its owner, so does the Word of God enrich its lovers. It strengthens the intellect, clears the judgment, enlarges the views, purifies the taste, quickens the imagination, and educates the whole man. F.B. Meyer, 1847-1929, English Baptist pastor, evangelist, involved in inner city ministry, author

My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word. Psalm 119:148 The night is the hallowed hour of quiet when believers hear the soft still voices of heaven,…  ( Click for more )

.I love Your commandments Above gold. Psalm 119:127a For those who fear God and walk uprightly, prosperity does not destroy the holiness of his life, or the humility of his heart. Charles Spurgeon, 1834-92

I esteem right all Your precepts concerning everything, I hate every false way. Psalm 119:128 God’s Word is to be the plumb line of life. Kay Arthur, teacher and author, Precept Ministries International

The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130 Wonderful is the depth of thy words, whose surface…  ( Click for more )

You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word. Psalm 119:114 He who possesses faith in omnipotent God, dwells in an atmosphere of grace surrounded with the bodyguard of mercies. CH. Spurgeon, 1834-92

Depart from me, evildoers, That I may observe the commandments of my God. Psalm 119:115 The dangerous influence of fellowship with wicked men is but too evident from observation. From the extreme infirmity of our nature, it is the easiest thing in the world to contract pollution and catch infection. John Calvin, 1509-64, French reformer, theologian …  ( Click for more )

I have not turned aside from Your ordinances, For You Yourself have taught me. Psalm 119:102 God teaches the Christian to see things as they really are; therefore his will is brought into unison with God's will so that he loves to do what he ought to do. Robert Johnstone, minister of North Grimsby Church from 1860 to 1871, commentator of Epistle of James

From Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way. Psalm 119:104 The mariner who knows how to avoid a storm, would do anything rather than run the risk of weathering it. Cautious pilots…  ( Click for more )

Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth. Psalm 119:88 I thank You right now for a more glorious answer to my prayer than I can imagine. Amen. Catherine Marshall, 1914-83American author

I have seen a limit to all perfection; Your commandment is exceedingly broad. Psalm 119:96 God has a full and complete answer to every question; yet man throws solutions this way and that, patches up failures and then criticizes truth staring them in the face.

Your commands make me wiser than my adversaries; they…  ( Click for more )

You are the helper of the fatherless. Psalm 10:14c God is not like a father, God is a father. Adrian Rogers, 1931-2005

Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man; Seek out his wickedness until You find none. Psalm 10:15 Pray that God will overpower the sin by transforming the sinner.

Jehovah is King forever and ever; the nations have perished (vanished) out of His land. Psalm 10:16 There are some that rest in another salvation. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist, highly influential amongst Christians of different denominations …  ( Click for more )

The ungodly crouches, he lies low, That the helpless may fall by his strength. Psalm 10:10 Beasts cover their malicious designs with the pretence of meekness, humility, and kindness. They concern themselves in their victim’s concernments to make them fall, to make a prey of them. Matthew Henry, 1662-1714, was a Welsh-born, English nonconformist minister and Bible commentator

The ungodly says to himself, ‘God has forgotten; he covers his face and never sees.’ Psalm 10:11 What better rational to do wrong than to minimize or deny the One who can either…  ( Click for more )

The proud ungodly care nothing for what God or the godly think; they blow them off. (The Message - paraphrased) Psalm 10:5 Your response can instantly reveal the Christian values by which you live. James C. Dobson, 1936-

(The proud) says to himself, ‘Nothing will shake me; I'll always be happy and never have trouble.’ Psalm 10:6 Only a foolish farmer believes he has mastered of his garden.

(The ungodly proud’s) mouth is full of curses and lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue. Psalm 10:7 Never underestimate a man who overestimates…  ( Click for more )

The wicked in his pride will hotly pursue the poor (helpless and needy)… Psalm 10:2a Pride is seldom delicate; it will please itself with very mean advantages. Samuel Johnson, English Poet, Critic and Writer. 1709-84 (David’s prayer) Let wicked men be caught in the plots which they have devised. Psalm 10:2b A praying saint performs far more havoc among the unseen forces of darkness than we have the slightest notion of. Oswald Chambers, 1874–1917

For the wicked boasts of his heart's desire. Psalm 10:3a Depravity longs for legal cultural acceptance…  ( Click for more )

For the needy shall not always be forgotten; Psalm 9:18a In your personal straits, when patience is exhausted; when the last handful is taken from the barrel; when complicated trials meet and hem you in; when the iron gate and the keepers before the door appear to render escape impossible— then look up, God is marching with reinforcements to your aid. F B Meyer, 1847-1929, English Baptist pastor and evangelist involved in inner city ministry

The hope of the afflicted shall not perish forever. Psalm 9:18b It’s Friday - But Sunday’s a coming. Dr. Tony…  ( Click for more )

For he who avenges blood remembers; he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted. Psalm 9:12

Every mournful cry and every humble prayer of the afflicted saints makes an impression on the heart of God—written there indelibly, fully to be answered in the appointed time. Henry Law, Exposition of Psalms, 1878

Have mercy on me, O Lord! Consider my trouble . lift me up . I will rejoice in Your salvation. Psalm 9:13,14 When a man gets to despair he knows that all his thinking will never get him out. He will only get out by the sheer creative effort of God. Consequently…  ( Click for more )

He shall judge the world in righteousness; And He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness. Psalm 9:8 Weaving throughout the fabric of life, camouflaged from the inattentive eye of man, God administers perfect justice with methodical and meticulous timing.

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9

As the ships when vexed with tempest make for harbour, so do the oppressed hasten to the wings of a just and gracious God. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist, highly influential amongst Christians…  ( Click for more )

My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before You. Psalm 9:3 Let no name but Jehovah be carved on the trophy reared on the battlefield. Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910, British Baptist expository preacher

You have upheld my right and my cause; you have sat on your throne, judging righteously. Psalm 9:4

When God acts, it will be in just the right time, the right place, and the right way. Lifeway, Explore the Bible, Summer 2007

You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have blotted out their name for ever and ever. Psalm 9:5 A person, family…  ( Click for more )

You are good and do good; Teach me Your statutes. Psalm 119:68 Let thy unexampled love constrain me into holy obedience, and render my duty my delight. The Valley of Vision, Puritan Prayers and Devotions, 1600/1700s

It is good for me that I was afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes. Psalm 119:71 One learns by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to wet on the electric fence for themselves. Will Rogers, American, Actor

Your hands made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. Psalm 119:73 Man does…  ( Click for more )

I considered my ways And turned my feet to Your testimonies. Psalm 119:59 A turn involves two things: a turning from something and a turning toward something. William Barclay, 1907-78, Church of Scotland minister, Professor of Divinity, author

I hastened and did not delay To keep Your commandments. Psalm 119:60 Be expedient to fix and detain the motion of the Spirit now striving in your heart, for it may be the moment of present advantage for victory over difficulties hitherto found insuperable. Charles Bridges, 1794-1869, preacher, theologian Church…  ( Click for more )

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