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    by Jan Couns

Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my groaning (a quiet expression of feelings). Psalm 5:1 People that love us interpret our words, sighs, and expressions based on their knowledge of us - how much more so does our God who comprehends, loves and understands us perfectly.

Heed the sound of my cry (great distress) for help, my King and my God ('elohiym), For to You I pray. Psalm 5:2 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…  ( Click for more )

Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still (silently wait). Selah Psalm 4:4b We know well enough how to keep outward silence, and to hush our spoken words, but we know little of interior silence. It consists in hushing our idle, restless, wandering imagination, in quieting the promptings of our worldly minds, and in suppressing the crowd of unprofitable thoughts which excite and disturb the soul. Francois de Salignac Fenelon, 1651-1715, French theologian, author Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And put your trust in the Lord. Psalm 4:5 In spite of internal…  ( Click for more )

(in the past) You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. Psalm 4:1b

Humbly lay your request before a loving God. Yet, presume not that all things unfold in the future as they have been manifested in the past.

How long, O men, will you turn My glory into shame? Psalm 4:2a

Abuse not grace for God’s mercy will stretch only to a point of futility.

How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? Selah Psalm 4:2b .examine yourself. What's going on right now? What stage are you at in the process of fooling yourself?…  ( Click for more )

(Pursued by his enemies, David wrote) I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. Psalm 3:5

Sometimes God calms the storm, sometimes He calms the sailor. Anon

I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around. Psalm 3:6

If fear is cultivated it will become stronger, if faith is cultivated it will achieve mastery. John Paul Jones, 1747-92, US naval officer

Arise, O Lord! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; shatter the teeth of the wicked. Psalm 3:7

Wishful thinking, confident…  ( Click for more )

Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. Psalm 2:12b Whether it be a Noah who is to build a ship on dry land, an Abraham who is to offer up his only son, or a Moses who is to despise the treasures of Egypt, or a Joshua who is to besiege Jericho seven days, using no weapons but the blasts of rams' horns, they all act upon God's command, contrary to the dictates of carnal reason; and the Lord gives them a rich reward as the result of their obedient faith. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist, highly influential amongst Christians of different denominations …  ( Click for more )

Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. Psalm 2:12b Whether it be a Noah who is to build a ship on dry land, an Abraham who is to offer up his only son, or a Moses who is to despise the treasures of Egypt, or a Joshua who is to besiege Jericho seven days, using no weapons but the blasts of rams' horns, they all act upon God's command, contrary to the dictates of carnal reason; and the Lord gives them a rich reward as the result of their obedient faith. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist, highly influential amongst Christians of different denominations …  ( Click for more )

Do not lift up your horn on high.. Psalm 75:5a The humble man realizes that beauty, strength, rank, success, power and wealth are gifts of God. He is their author. His mercy, not our wisdom, secured them to us. Yet how many are swollen with pride by the possession of even one of these things! William S. Plumer, 1802-80, pastor, professor, author

Do not speak with insolent pride. Psalm 75:5b Ridicule, with malice in it, will often wound, and little do we know how many may have gone with broken hearts all their days through unkind words that have been spoken. Charles…  ( Click for more )

With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory. Psalm 73:24 Should all the hosts of death and powers of hell unknown put their most dreadful forms of rage and malice on, I shall be safe, for Christ displays superior power and guardian grace. Isaac Watts, 1674-1748, English hymn writer, theologian and logician

Whom have I in Heaven but You? And I have no desire on earth besides You. Psalm 73:25 Let God be first, and the second rises higher in the scale than when we thought it first. Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910, British Baptist expository…  ( Click for more )

You, who have shown me many troubles and distresses, Will revive me again, And will bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Psalm 71:20 When the season lasts long, we begin to think that, that’s the way life is. Charles Stanley, Christian Preacher

My tongue also will utter Your righteousness all day long; For they are ashamed, for they are humiliated who seek my hurt. Psalm 71:24 It is a comfort to appeal from the judgments of men to the bar of God and to claim his interposition and vindication. F B Meyer

My feet came close to stumbling, My steps…  ( Click for more )

By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother's womb; My praise is continually of You. Psalm 71:6 Just think you are here not by chance but by God’s choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else; you are one of a kind. You lack nothing that His grace can’t give you. Roy Lessin, pastor, founder Day Springs Cards

I have become a marvel to many, For You are my strong refuge. Psalm 71:7 Christ’ love in Nijole Sadunite’s heart made her ‘a radiance in the Russian…  ( Click for more )

Let those who love Your salvation say continually, "Let God be magnified." Psalm 70:4b The children of God pant to be saved from every false way. They are grateful for God’s salvation that saves them from selfishness, from pride, from lust, from worldliness, bitterness, malice, sloth, and uncleanness. CH Spurgeon 1834-92Brit Reformed Baptist

But I am afflicted and needy; Hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay. Psalm 70:5 Give me grace to recall my needs, rather than seeking my own ends. Valley of Vision, Puritan Prayers…  ( Click for more )

I am afflicted and in pain; May Your salvation, O God, set me securely on high. Psalm 69:29 Make us thy mountaineers We would not linger on the lower slope, Fill us afresh with hope, O God of hope. Amy Carmichael, 1867–1951, Irish missionary, opened an India orphanage and founded an organization to save young girls from prostitution

The humble have seen (David trust and praise God in his physical and emotional pain) and are glad. Psalm 69:32a There is something captivating by the sight of a man or a woman burdened with many tribulations and yet carrying a heart…  ( Click for more )

Let us (ungodly world) tear their (God and His people’s) fetters apart And cast away their cords from us! Psalm 2:3 .the Christian message violates today's carefully cultivated incredulity (disbelief and rejection) toward all absolutes. Jim Leffel

The One enthroned in heaven laughs (in irony). The Lord shall hold (the ungodly) in derision (contempt). And distresses them in His deep displeasure. Psalm 2:4,5 Challenge God if you will; inflict injustice, hate, and selfishness; be comforted by His seeming indifference; but believe not that He stands by with unresponsive…  ( Click for more )

O God, in the greatness of Your lovingkindness, Answer me with Your saving truth. Psalm 69:13b God gives us the will wherewith to will the truth, and for that the Lord is waiting. George MacDonald, 1824–1905

Deliver me from the mire and do not let me sink; May I be delivered from my foes and from the deep waters. Psalm 69:14 We have a great need of power of the Holy Spirit, both to sustain us in this time of trouble, and also to restrain us in our natural desire to find a way out. François Fénelon, 1651-1715, French archbishop, theologian, author…  ( Click for more )

(Of David) Save me, O God, for waters have come into the soul. Psalm 69:1 When circumstances seem impossible, when all signs of grace in you seem at their lowest ebb; then rest, even if without feeling, in the Father's faithfulness. D. Tryon

I have sunk in deep mire, and there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and a flood overflows me. I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; My eyes fail while I wait for my God. Psalm 69:2-3 No matter what happens to us, God always writes the last chapter. We can trust God to do what is right, no matter how painful…  ( Click for more )

You provided in Your goodness for the poor, O God. Psalm 68:10b Infinite Wisdom sees good, and what is wanted in one thing shall be made up in another. Matthew Henry, 1662-1714, Welsh-born, English nonconformist minister Bible commentator

The Lord gives the command; The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host: Psalm 68:11 We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in an ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. Mother Theresa

.she who remains at home will divide the spoil! Psalm 68:12 The noblest service…  ( Click for more )

Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, Whose name is the Lord, and exult before Him. Psalm 68:4 God hath enlarged my heart with joy and comfort, when I was like a man imprisoned by grief and sorrow. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist

A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation. Psalm 68:5 The defenseless too often turn away, unheard, From hearts that shut against them with a snap - will be heard in heaven. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807-82 God…  ( Click for more )

I shall pay You my vows, Which my lips uttered And my mouth spoke when I was in distress. Psalm 66:13b-14 Gratitude does not forget the large mercies of deliverance. Henry Law, Exposition of Psalms, 1878

Come and hear, all who fear God, And I will tell of what He has done for my soul. Psalm 66:16 It is wise to select our hearers from those who know God when inward soul matters are our theme. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92

If I cherished sin in my heart, The Lord will not hear; But certainly God has heard; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be…  ( Click for more )

By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation.. Psalm 65:5a The Lord considers my case, judges when, and how, and after what sort, it will be most fitting to grant me relief. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92

Come and see the works of God, Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men. Psalm 66:5 You have to look beyond the obvious to see the wind driving the wave. Beth Moore, b.1957, Christian author and teacher

Bless our God, O peoples, And sound His praise abroad, Who keeps us in life And does not allow our feet to slip. Psalm…  ( Click for more )

(Ps of David) Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; Preserve my life from dread of the enemy. Psalm 64:1 It is very desirable that we should all advance to that perfection of love in which we shall fear no longer; but it is very undesirable, until we have reached that stage, that we should allow any inferior agent rather than God to cast out our fear. C. S. Lewis

For the inward thought and the heart of a man are deep. Psalm 64:6b So complex is the human spirit that it can itself scarce discern the deep springs which impel it to action Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930…  ( Click for more )

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. Psalm 63:3 There is a law of compensation which is conspicuously exemplified in the divine government of human affairs. A balance is strikingly preserved between losses and gains, bitter disappointments and pleasant surprises. Let us not dwell unduly upon the former; and let us not fail to be grateful and return thanks for the latter. AW Pink

My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips. Psalm 63:5 God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied…  ( Click for more )

Once God has spoken; Twice I have heard... Psalm 62:11a Many people hear the Word of God proclaimed. Two people sit in church on Sunday, one is deeply affected; the other falls asleep. What’s the difference. One is under the Spirit’s power, the other is not. The Holy Spirit takes the Word and applies it directly to the heart of the child of God. Rev. Bruce Goettsche, La Harpe, IL.

.power belongs to God And lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord, For You recompense a man according to his work. Psalm 62:11b, 12 Though our reward be not for our…  ( Click for more )

The ungodly . are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Psalm 1:4

The essence of folly is turning from God as the trustworthy touchstone of all reality and instead making (natural) preferences the measure of what is real. John Piper, The Pleasures of God

.the ungodly shall not stand . in the congregation of the righteous. Psalm 1:5

Heaven is a place where . the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest. Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-92, English preacher Baptist

For the Lord knows (perceives and interacts with) the way of the righteous, But…  ( Click for more )

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February 22, 2019

.when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David. 1 Kings 11:4

Hearts that drift along currents forged by egocentric love and gratification disregard the compass of the mind, the rudder of reason and most of all the voice of Him who lovingly stands at the helm ready to affix our bearings and steer our course.

(Old) Solomon did evil (idolatry) in the sight of the Lord, and did not fully follow the Lord, as did his father David. 1 Kings 11:6

David’s…  ( Click for more )

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