Have you been forgiven? Have you been reconciled? Have you been washed clean?


Psalm 65:3

3  Iniquities and much varied guilt prevail against me; [yet] as for our transgressions, You forgive and purge them away [make atonement for them and cover them out of Your sight]!

Although we may feel overwhelmed by the multitude of our sins, God will forgive them all if we ask sincerely. Do you feel as though God could never forgive you, that your sins are too many, or that some of them are too great? The good news is that God can and will forgive them all. Nobody is beyond redemption, and nobody is so full of sin that he or she cannot be made clean.


Ever ask the question, “What can wash away my sin?”, click the link to hear a song that speaks to the answer or watch the video below.

 

 


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for Your Word that never returns void and that is alive and speaks into my life everyday I read it.I thank You Lord that even as Your Word speaks to us that we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (
Romans 3:23) and goes on to say that the penalty of sin is death (Romans 6:23) but the bountiful free gift of God is eternal life through  Jesus Christ our Lord. I thank You Lord that Your Word tells that You didn’t send Jesus to condemn the world, but to save it (John 3:17). Lord as I look to this week and what is ahead, I lift up my words, my thoughts, and my actions to You, asking You Lord to cleans and purify my so that in all I say and all I do Your light, Your truth, Your hope and Your wisdom would flow through me that You would receive all the praise and honor and glory in Jesus’ name.

Lord, as I prepare for this week , I pray Lord that You will open the right door of opportunity so that I may step in and step up into the next phase of Your plan in my life. For Lord, You have revealed to me the promised land ahead and where I am to go, so I have prepared myself and await the opportunity to see the first victory as I walk into all that You have planned for me. Help me to have words of wisdom. Help to find favor in all the meetings You planned. And Lord, may Your light and hope shine in and through me and may the testimony of my life bring you praise and honor and glory, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Psalm 45

1  MY HEART overflows with a goodly theme; I address my psalm to a King. My tongue is like the pen of a ready writer.2  You are fairer than the children of men; graciousness is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You forever.3  Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O mighty One, in Your glory and Your majesty!4  And in Your majesty ride on triumphantly for the cause of truth, humility, and righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); and let Your right hand guide You to tremendous things.5  Your arrows are sharp; the peoples fall under You; Your darts pierce the hearts of the King’s enemies.6  Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; the scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.7  You love righteousness, uprightness, and right standing with God and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your fellows. 8  Your garments are all fragrant with myrrh, aloes, and cassia; stringed instruments make You glad.9  Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women; at Your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.10  Hear, O daughter, consider, submit, and consent to my instruction: forget also your own people and your father’s house;11  So will the King desire your beauty; because He is your Lord, be submissive and reverence and honor Him.12  And, O daughter of Tyre, the richest of the people shall entreat your favor with a gift.13  The King’s daughter in the inner part [of the palace] is all glorious; her clothing is inwrought with gold. 14  She shall be brought to the King in raiment of needlework; with the virgins, her companions that follow her, she shall be brought to You.15  With gladness and rejoicing will they be brought; they will enter into the King’s palace.16  Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons, whom You will make princes in all the land.17  I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore shall the people praise and give You thanks forever and ever.

Proverbs 14

1  EVERY WISE woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands.2  He who walks in uprightness reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, but he who is contrary and devious in his ways despises Him.3  In the fool’s own mouth is a rod [to shame] his pride, but the wise men’s lips preserve them.4  Where no oxen are, the grain crib is empty, but much increase [of crops] comes by the strength of the ox.5  A faithful witness will not lie, but a false witness breathes out falsehoods.6  A scoffer seeks Wisdom in vain [for his very attitude blinds and deafens him to it], but knowledge is easy to him who [being teachable] understands.7  Go from the presence of a foolish and self-confident man, for you will not find knowledge on his lips.8  The Wisdom [godly Wisdom, which is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God] of the prudent is to understand his way, but the folly of [self-confident] fools is to deceive.9  Fools make a mock of sin and sin mocks the fools [who are its victims; a sin offering made by them only mocks them, bringing them disappointment and disfavor], but among the upright there is the favor of God. 10  The heart knows its own bitterness, and no stranger shares its joy.11  The house of the wicked shall be overthrown, but the tent of the upright shall flourish.12  There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.13  Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful, and the end of mirth is heaviness and grief.14  The backslider in heart [from God and from fearing God] shall be filled with [the fruit of] his own ways, and a good man shall be satisfied with [the fruit of] his ways [with the holy thoughts and actions which his heart prompts and in which he delights].15  The simpleton believes every word he hears, but the prudent man looks and considers well where he is going.16  A wise man suspects danger and cautiously avoids evil, but the fool bears himself insolently and is [presumptuously] confident.17  He who foams up quickly and flies into a passion deals foolishly, and a man of wicked plots and plans is hated.18  The simple acquire folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.19  The evil men bow before the good, and the wicked [stand suppliantly] at the gates of the [uncompromisingly] righteous.20  The poor is hated even by his own neighbor, but the rich has many friends.21  He who despises his neighbor sins [against God, his fellowman, and himself], but happy (blessed and fortunate) is he who is kind and merciful to the poor.22  Do they not err who devise evil and wander from the way of life? But loving-kindness and mercy, loyalty and faithfulness, shall be to those who devise good.23  In all labor there is profit, but idle talk leads only to poverty.24  The crown of the wise is their wealth of Wisdom, but the foolishness of [self-confident] fools is [nothing but] folly.25  A truthful witness saves lives, but a deceitful witness speaks lies [and endangers lives].26  In the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children shall always have a place of refuge.27  Reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death. 28  In a multitude of people is the king’s glory, but in a lack of people is the prince’s ruin.29  He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is hasty of spirit exposes and exalts his folly. 30  A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.31  He who oppresses the poor reproaches, mocks, and insults his Maker, but he who is kind and merciful to the needy honors Him. 32  The wicked is overthrown through his wrongdoing and calamity, but the [consistently] righteous has hope and confidence even in death.33  Wisdom rests [silently] in the mind and heart of him who has understanding, but that which is in the inward part of [self-confident] fools is made known. 34  Uprightness and right standing with God (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) elevate a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.35  The king’s favor is toward a wise and discreet servant, but his wrath is against him who does shamefully.

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Feeling restless? Instead of counting sheep, count your blessings and how God has been there and faithful.


Psalm 63:6

6  When I remember You upon my bed and meditate on You in the night watches.

During sleepless, uncomfortable nights, David thought about God. Instead of counting sheep, he meditated on his Shepherd. He reviewed all the ways God had already helped him, and he greeted the next day with songs of praise. In quiet moments or wakeful nights, make it a point to count examples of God’s faithfulness to you. Doing so is far more likely to give you rest than any other items you might count!


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for the peace and comfort that comes from remembering and meditating on all that You have done in and through my life. Lord, I praise You for this new day, for this is the day that You have made so I will rejoice and be glad in it. For You have great plans Lord and You know what the next steps are. Help me Lord, I pray to stick close and to walk in faith and obedience with Your plans. Help me to not jump ahead or fall back, to not sway to the left or the right, but Lord to walk with Your cloud during the day and Your pillar of fire by day. Help me Lord to be encouraged by Your faithfulness, You have done it before and You will do it again, Yeah!!!! Jesus!!!. Help me Lord to focus on You and not be dismayed or saddened by what is done or said around me. I will work as unto You Lord, for I know that there will be a reward. I will press forward in the vision and direction that You provide so that Your blessings and Your plans for those in and around my life may be fulfilled. As I start this week, as I serve today, may my heart, mind, and soul be encouraged and focused on You and Your plan, and may those around me get to see and hear of Your great love, that You may receive the praise, the honor, and the glory. I praise You Lord and give You the honor and the glory in advance, knowing that You are still on throne and in charge, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Psalm 44

1  WE HAVE heard with our ears, O God; our fathers have told us [what] work You did in their days, in the days of old.2  You drove out the nations with Your hand and it was Your power that gave [Israel] a home by rooting out the [heathen] peoples, but [Israel] You spread out.3  For they got not the land [of Canaan] in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them; but Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your countenance [did it], because You were favorable toward and did delight in them.4  You are my King, O God; command victories and deliverance for Jacob (Israel).5  Through You shall we push down our enemies; through Your name shall we tread them under who rise up against us.6  For I will not trust in and lean on my bow, neither shall my sword save me.7  But You have saved us from our foes and have put them to shame who hate us.8  In God we have made our boast all the day long, and we will give thanks to Your name forever. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!9  But now You have cast us off and brought us to dishonor, and You go not out with our armies.10  You make us to turn back from the enemy, and they who hate us take spoil for themselves.11  You have made us like sheep intended for mutton and have scattered us in exile among the nations.12  You sell Your people for nothing, and have not increased Your wealth by their price.13  You have made us the taunt of our neighbors, a scoffing and a derision to those who are round about us.14  You make us a byword among the nations, a shaking of the heads among the people.15  My dishonor is before me all day long, and shame has covered my face16  At the words of the taunter and reviler, by reason of the enemy and the revengeful.17  All this is come upon us, yet have we not forgotten You, neither have we been false to Your covenant [which You made with our fathers].18  Our hearts are not turned back, neither have our steps declined from Your path,19  Though You have distressingly broken us in the place of jackals and covered us with deep darkness, even with the shadow of death.20  If we had forgotten the name of our God or stretched out our hands to a strange god,21  Would not God discover this? For He knows the secrets of the heart.22  No, but for Your sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 23  Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord? Arouse Yourself, cast us not off forever!24  Why do You hide Your face and forget our affliction and our oppression?25  For our lives are bowed down to the dust; our bodies cleave to the ground.26  Rise up! Come to our help, and deliver us for Your mercy’s sake and because of Your steadfast love!

Proverbs 13

1  A WISE son heeds [and is the fruit of] his father’s instruction and correction, but a scoffer listens not to rebuke.2  A good man eats good from the fruit of his mouth, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.3  He who guards his mouth keeps his life, but he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.4  The appetite of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the appetite of the diligent is abundantly supplied. 5  A [consistently] righteous man hates lying and deceit, but a wicked man is loathsome [his very breath spreads pollution] and he comes [surely] to shame.6  Righteousness (rightness and justice in every area and relation) guards him who is upright in the way, but wickedness plunges into sin and overthrows the sinner.7  One man considers himself rich, yet has nothing [to keep permanently]; another man considers himself poor, yet has great [and indestructible] riches. 8  A rich man can buy his way out of threatened death by paying a ransom, but the poor man does not even have to listen to threats [from the envious].9  The light of the [uncompromisingly] righteous [is within him–it grows brighter and] rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked [furnishes only a derived, temporary light and] shall be put out shortly.10  By pride and insolence comes only contention, but with the well-advised is skillful and godly Wisdom.11  Wealth [not earned but] won in haste or unjustly or from the production of things for vain or detrimental use [such riches] will dwindle away, but he who gathers little by little will increase [his riches].12  Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.13  Whoever despises the word and counsel [of God] brings destruction upon himself, but he who [reverently] fears and respects the commandment [of God] is rewarded.14  The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.15  Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the transgressor is hard [like the barren, dry soil or the impassable swamp].16  Every prudent man deals with knowledge, but a [self-confident] fool exposes and flaunts his folly.17  A wicked messenger falls into evil, but a faithful ambassador brings healing.18  Poverty and shame come to him who refuses instruction and correction, but he who heeds reproof is honored.19  Satisfied desire is sweet to a person; therefore it is hateful and exceedingly offensive to [self-confident] fools to give up evil [upon which they have set their hearts].20  He who walks [as a companion] with wise men is wise, but he who associates with [self-confident] fools is [a fool himself and] shall smart for it. 21  Evil pursues sinners, but the consistently upright and in right standing with God is recompensed with good.22  A good man leaves an inheritance [of moral stability and goodness] to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up.23  Much food is in the tilled land of the poor, but there are those who are destroyed because of injustice.24  He who spares his rod [of discipline] hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines diligently and punishes him early. 25  The [uncompromisingly] righteous eats to his own satisfaction, but the stomach of the wicked is in want.

Do you praise God through the good and tough times?


Psalm 61:8

8  So will I sing praise to Your name forever, paying my vows day by day.

David made a vow to praise God each day. David continually praised God through both the good and difficult times of his life. Do you find something to praise God for each day? As you do, you will find your heart elevated from daily distractions to lasting confidence.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and all that is within it. I thank You Lord for this time with my family and friends and Lord, I praise You for all that You have provided for me. As I look towards the future Lord, I know that the plans You have for me are good and that Lord You will guide and direct my path through wisdom and discernment. Lord, may all that I do and say bring praise, honor, and glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Psalm 43

1  JUDGE and vindicate me, O God; plead and defend my cause against an ungodly nation. O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!2  For You are the God of my strength [my Stronghold–in Whom I take refuge]; why have You cast me off? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?3  O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling.4  Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy; yes, with the lyre will I praise You, O God, my God!5  Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the help of my [sad] countenance, and my God.

Proverbs 12

1  WHOEVER LOVES instruction and correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is like a brute beast, stupid and indiscriminating.2  A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man of wicked devices He condemns.3  A man shall not be established by wickedness, but the root of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall never be moved.4  A virtuous and worthy wife [earnest and strong in character] is a crowning joy to her husband, but she who makes him ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. 5  The thoughts and purposes of the [consistently] righteous are honest and reliable, but the counsels and designs of the wicked are treacherous.6  The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them and the innocent ones [thus endangered].7  The wicked are overthrown and are not, but the house of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall stand.8  A man shall be commended according to his Wisdom [godly Wisdom, which is comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God], but he who is of a perverse heart shall be despised.9  Better is he who is lightly esteemed but works for his own support than he who assumes honor for himself and lacks bread.10  A [consistently] righteous man regards the life of his beast, but even the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. 11  He who tills his land shall be satisfied with bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits is lacking in sense and is without understanding.12  The wicked desire the booty of evil men, but the root of the [uncompromisingly] righteous yields [richer fruitage].13  The wicked is [dangerously] snared by the transgression of his lips, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall come out of trouble.14  From the fruit of his words a man shall be satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hands shall come back to him [as a harvest].15  The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who listens to counsel is wise. 16  A fool’s wrath is quickly and openly known, but a prudent man ignores an insult.17  He who breathes out truth shows forth righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), but a false witness utters deceit.18  There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.19  Truthful lips shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is [credited] but for a moment.20  Deceit is in the hearts of those who devise evil, but for the counselors of peace there is joy.21  No [actual] evil, misfortune, or calamity shall come upon the righteous, but the wicked shall be filled with evil, misfortune, and calamity. 22  Lying lips are extremely disgusting and hateful to the Lord, but they who deal faithfully are His delight. 23  A prudent man is reluctant to display his knowledge, but the heart of [self-confident] fools proclaims their folly. 24  The hand of the diligent will rule, but the slothful will be put to forced labor.25  Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad. 26  The [consistently] righteous man is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked causes others to go astray.27  The slothful man does not catch his game or roast it once he kills it, but the diligent man gets precious possessions.28  Life is in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation), and in its pathway there is no death but immortality (perpetual, eternal life).

Do you use the map and have a guide? This life can be challenging and even tricky at times.


Psalm 48:14

14  For this God is our God forever and ever; He will be our guide [even] until death.

We often pray for God’s guidance as we struggle with decisions. What we need is both guidance and a guide-a map that gives us landmarks and directions as well as a constant companion who has an intimate knowledge of the way and will make sure we interpret the map correctly. The Bible will be such a map, and the Holy Spirit will be the constant companion and guide. As you make your way through life, use both the map and your Guide.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and all that is within it. I lift up this day and the plans into Your hands that You may receive praise and honor and glory. I thank You Lord that You stick closer to me than a brother. I thank You Lord that as I walk through this journey, I am not only walking towards the next great plan You have for me, I am also walking through it daily with You. I am so thankful for that as You have spoken to me through Your Word daily, You have spoken to me through song and worship as I have questions, and You have guided me through the prompting and the still small voice of the Holy Spirit as I have questions, concerns, or am looking for wisdom and guidance. Lord, I pray for those around me, those who know the story of what I am going through and those who are being challenged right now with their current circumstances and need to draw closer to You. I pray for those who know You and are seeking wisdom and ask Lord that You provide them with wisdom and discernment through Your Holy Spirit. Help each of us Lord draw closer to You so that we will not drive off the road, but will stay on the path You have for us and that will help build our character while bringing You praise and honor and glory. God, I love You and that You have allowed me to share the story of what is going on in my life with many people so that when we get to the “TADA!” moment, they will know it wasn’t me, and be drawn to You for their lives and their circumstances and their questions and their … Lord, may the Holy Spirit bring great revelation to us Lord. May the week of Spiritual Emphasis at church that is coming up in March be one where not only will I find clarity and get closer to the realization of Your plan, but Lord that many people as the first one of these weeks impacted my life will be transformed. Lord, that lights will be turned on in their lives and they will start to see things they didn’t even know were there – helping them or hindering them – so that they will be able to grab onto for support or get rid of and find freedom. Lord, I thank You in advance for all that You are doing and give You the praise, the honor, and the glory, in the name of the Father, the Son (my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit (my comforter and guide). Amen.


Psalm 42

1  AS THE hart [a male deer, especially a male red deer over five years of age] pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God.2  My inner self thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? 3  My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, Where is your God?4  These things I [earnestly] remember and pour myself out within me: how I went slowly before the throng and led them in procession to the house of God [like a bandmaster before his band, timing the steps to the sound of music and the chant of song], with the voice of shouting and praise, a throng keeping festival.5  Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help and my God.6  O my God, my life is cast down upon me [and I find the burden more than I can bear]; therefore will I [earnestly] remember You from the land of the Jordan [River] and the [summits of Mount] Hermon, from the little mountain Mizar.7  [Roaring] deep calls to [roaring] deep at the thunder of Your waterspouts; all Your breakers and Your rolling waves have gone over me.8  Yet the Lord will command His loving-kindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me, a prayer to the God of my life.9  I will say to God my Rock, Why have You forgotten me? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?10  As with a sword [crushing] in my bones, my enemies taunt and reproach me, while they say continually to me, Where is your God?11  Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

Proverbs 11

1  A FALSE balance and unrighteous dealings are extremely offensive and shamefully sinful to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight. 2  When swelling and pride come, then emptiness and shame come also, but with the humble (those who are lowly, who have been pruned or chiseled by trial, and renounce self) are skillful and godly Wisdom and soundness.3  The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the willful contrariness and crookedness of the treacherous shall destroy them.4  Riches provide no security in any day of wrath and judgment, but righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) delivers from death. 5  The righteousness of the blameless shall rectify and make plain their way and keep it straight, but the wicked shall fall by their own wickedness.6  The righteousness of the upright [their rectitude in every area and relation] shall deliver them, but the treacherous shall be taken in their own iniquity and greedy desire.7  When the wicked man dies, his hope [for the future] perishes; and the expectation of the godless comes to nothing.8  The [uncompromisingly] righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked gets into it instead.9  With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge and superior discernment shall the righteous be delivered.10  When it goes well with the [uncompromisingly] righteous, the city rejoices, but when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.11  By the blessing of the influence of the upright and God’s favor [because of them] the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.12  He who belittles and despises his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding keeps silent.13  He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy and faithful in spirit keeps the matter hidden.14  Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.15  He who becomes security for an outsider shall smart for it, but he who hates suretyship is secure [from its penalties].16  A gracious and good woman wins honor [for her husband], and violent men win riches but a woman who hates righteousness is a throne of dishonor for him .17  The merciful, kind, and generous man benefits himself [for his deeds return to bless him], but he who is cruel and callous [to the wants of others] brings on himself retribution.18  The wicked man earns deceitful wages, but he who sows righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) shall have a sure reward [permanent and satisfying]. 19  He who is steadfast in righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) attains to life, but he who pursues evil does it to his own death.20  They who are willfully contrary in heart are extremely disgusting and shamefully vile in the eyes of the Lord, but such as are blameless and wholehearted in their ways are His delight!21  Assuredly [I pledge it] the wicked shall not go unpunished, but the multitude of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall be delivered.22  As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman who is without discretion.23  The desire of the [consistently] righteous brings only good, but the expectation of the wicked brings wrath.24  There are those who [generously] scatter abroad, and yet increase more; there are those who withhold more than is fitting or what is justly due, but it results only in want.25  The liberal person shall be enriched, and he who waters shall himself be watered. 26  The people curse him who holds back grain [when the public needs it], but a blessing [from God and man] is upon the head of him who sells it.27  He who diligently seeks good seeks [God’s] favor, but he who searches after evil, it shall come upon him.28  He who leans on, trusts in, and is confident in his riches shall fall, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like a green bough.29  He who troubles his own house shall inherit the wind, and the foolish shall be servant to the wise of heart.30  The fruit of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise captures human lives [for God, as a fisher of men–he gathers and receives them for eternity]. 31  Behold, the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall be recompensed on earth; how much more the wicked and the sinner! And if the righteous are barely saved, what will become of the ungodly and wicked?

Faith is the antidote for fear. Meditation on the record of God’s goodness to his people is the antidote for depression.


Psalm 42:5-6

5  Why are you cast down, O my inner self? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help and my God.6  O my God, my life is cast down upon me [and I find the burden more than I can bear]; therefore will I [earnestly] remember You from the land of the Jordan [River] and the [summits of Mount] Hermon, from the little mountain Mizar.

Depression is one of the most common emotional ailments. One antidote for depression is to meditate on the record of God’s goodness to his people. This will take your mind off the present situation and give hope that it will improve. It will focus your thoughts on God’s ability to help you rather than on your inability to help yourself. When you feel depressed, take advantage of this psalm’s antidepressant. Read the Bible’s accounts of God’s goodness, and meditate on them.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for all that is within it. I thank You for Your Word that is alive and is filled with truth and wisdom, guidance and direction, hope and testimonies of Your great love and victories. Today Lord is a big day for me. I have meetings that are scheduled and hopefully the weather won’t prevent them from taking place. I pray over each meeting today that Your divine plan and purpose for each of them will be fulfilled and that your plan will be revealed. Lord, Your Word speaks to me that you have great plans for me, plans that provide hope and a future. Your Word also speaks of the incredible plan associated with Jesus’ sacrifice, that He didn’t come to condemn the world, but to save us and free us, so that we could have life to the full. Today Lord, I look to You and keep my focus off the storms and the distractions so that You may receive the praise and the glory and that I may walk in confidence and faith believing and knowing that today will be a great one. I thank and praise You in advance knowing that You have it all in the palm of Your hand, so I give You the praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Psalm 41

1  BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, to be envied) is he who considers the weak and the poor; the Lord will deliver him in the time of evil and trouble.2  The Lord will protect him and keep him alive; he shall be called blessed in the land; and You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.3  The Lord will sustain, refresh, and strengthen him on his bed of languishing; all his bed You [O Lord] will turn, change, and transform in his illness.4  I said, Lord, be merciful and gracious to me; heal my inner self, for I have sinned against You.5  My enemies speak evil of me, [saying], When will he die and his name perish?6  And when one comes to see me, he speaks falsehood and empty words, while his heart gathers mischievous gossip [against me]; when he goes away, he tells it abroad.7  All who hate me whisper together about me; against me do they devise my hurt [imagining the worst for me].8  An evil disease, say they, is poured out upon him and cleaves fast to him; and now that he is bedfast, he will not rise up again.9  Even my own familiar friend, in whom I trusted (relied on and was confident), who ate of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me. 10  But You, O Lord, be merciful and gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.11  By this I know that You favor and delight in me, because my enemy does not triumph over me.12  And as for me, You have upheld me in my integrity and set me in Your presence forever.13  Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting and to everlasting [from this age to the next, and forever]! Amen and Amen (so be it).

Proverbs 10

1  THE PROVERBS of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish and self-confident son is the grief of his mother.2  Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) delivers from death.3  The Lord will not allow the [uncompromisingly] righteous to famish, but He thwarts the desire of the wicked. 4  He becomes poor who works with a slack and idle hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.5  He who gathers in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.6  Blessings are upon the head of the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.7  The memory of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked shall rot. 8  The wise in heart will accept and obey commandments, but the foolish of lips will fall headlong.9  He who walks uprightly walks securely, but he who takes a crooked way shall be found out and punished.10  He who winks with the eye [craftily and with malice] causes sorrow; the foolish of lips will fall headlong but he who boldly reproves makes peace .11  The mouth of the [uncompromisingly] righteous man is a well of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.12  Hatred stirs up contentions, but love covers all transgressions.13  On the lips of him who has discernment skillful and godly Wisdom is found, but discipline and the rod are for the back of him who is without sense and understanding.14  Wise men store up knowledge [in mind and heart], but the mouth of the foolish is a present destruction.15  The rich man’s wealth is his strong city; the poverty of the poor is their ruin. 16  The earnings of the righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) lead to life, but the profit of the wicked leads to further sin. 17  He who heeds instruction and correction is [not only himself] in the way of life [but also] is a way of life for others. And he who neglects or refuses reproof [not only himself] goes astray [but also] causes to err and is a path toward ruin for others.18  He who hides hatred is of lying lips, and he who utters slander is a [self-confident] fool. 19  In a multitude of words transgression is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is prudent.20  The tongues of those who are upright and in right standing with God are as choice silver; the minds of those who are wicked and out of harmony with God are of little value.21  The lips of the [uncompromisingly] righteous feed and guide many, but fools die for want of understanding and heart.22  The blessing of the Lord–it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it].23  It is as sport to a [self-confident] fool to do wickedness, but to have skillful and godly Wisdom is pleasure and relaxation to a man of understanding.24  The thing a wicked man fears shall come upon him, but the desire of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall be granted.25  When the whirlwind passes, the wicked are no more, but the [uncompromisingly] righteous have an everlasting foundation. 26  As vinegar to the teeth and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to those who employ and send him.27  The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord prolongs one’s days, but the years of the wicked shall be made short.28  The hope of the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) is gladness, but the expectation of the wicked (those who are out of harmony with God) comes to nothing.29  The way of the Lord is strength and a stronghold to the upright, but it is destruction to the workers of iniquity.30  The [consistently] righteous shall never be removed, but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth [eventually]. 31  The mouths of the righteous (those harmonious with God) bring forth skillful and godly Wisdom, but the perverse tongue shall be cut down [like a barren and rotten tree].32  The lips of the [uncompromisingly] righteous know [and therefore utter] what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked knows [and therefore speaks only] what is obstinately willful and contrary.