Will you let God reveal your heart and mind? Finding out if there are things in the way can open up new doors for you.


Psalm 139:23-24

23 Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!24 And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

David asked God to search for sin and point it out, even to the level of testing his thoughts. This is exploratory surgery for sin. How are we to recognize sin unless God points it out? Then, when God shows us, we can repent and be forgiven. Make this verse your prayer. If you ask the Lord to search your heart and your thoughts, and to reveal your sin, you will be continuing on God’s "path of everlasting life."


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for all that is within it.
I thank You for making a way when there doesn’t seem to be a way.
I thank You that You will search me and reveal to me things that need to be change, things I need to address, things I need to be forgiven for and things I need to provide forgiveness for.
I thank You Lord for Your Word which never returns void, but speaks truth and love, grace and mercy, wisdom and discernment, hope and life, into and over my life.
Help me Lord to make my priorities Your priorities today and to be able to accomplish all that You have and desire for me today.
And in and through it all, I will give You all the praise, the honor, and the glory, in Jesus’ name.
Amen.


Psalm 76

1 IN JUDAH God is known and renowned; His name is highly praised and is great in Israel.2 In [Jeru]Salem also is His tabernacle, and His dwelling place is in Zion.3 There He broke the bow’s flashing arrows, the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!4 Glorious and excellent are You from the mountains of prey [splendid and majestic, more than the everlasting mountains].5 The stouthearted are stripped of their spoil, they have slept the sleep [of death]; and none of the men of might could raise their hands.6 At Your rebuke, O God of Jacob, both chariot [rider] and horse are cast into a dead sleep [of death]. 7 You, even You, are to be feared [with awe and reverence]! Who may stand in Your presence when once Your anger is roused?8 You caused sentence to be heard from heaven; the earth feared and was still–9 When God arose to [establish] judgment, to save all the meek and oppressed of the earth. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise You; the remainder of wrath shall You restrain and gird and arm Yourself with it.11 Vow and pay to the Lord your God; let all who are round about Him bring presents to Him Who ought to be [reverently] feared.12 He will cut off the spirit [of pride and fury] of princes; He is terrible to the [ungodly] kings of the earth.

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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Psalm 138:8

8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, endure forever–forsake not the works of Your own hands.

Every person dreams and makes plans for the future. Then they work hard to see those dreams and plans come true. But to make the most of life, we must include God’s plan in our plans. He alone knows what is best for us; he alone can fulfill his purpose for us. As you make plans and dream dreams, talk with God about them.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for all that is in it. I thank You Lord for the work of Your hand and the love of Your heart for me.  As I dream and plan Lord, I ask that You be a part of it so that Your will be done and that I not ask for or do something that will not be beneficial for me in the end. Help me Lord to to make my plans and my dreams Your plans and Your dreams. Speak to me through Your Word, Your Spirit, and others so that I may walk in faith and obedience to Your plans for me. For Your plans for me are good, they plans and thoughts for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give me hope in your final outcome. I seek You Lord, with all my heart, inquiring what you have for me. Let me find you and release me from from captivity and bring back to the place from which I was carried away. Lord, give me eyes to see and ears to hear Lord and a mind to know with discernment and wisdom from You. And Lord, in and through all this I will give You all the praise, the honor, and the glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Psalm 75

1 WE GIVE praise and thanks to You, O God, we praise and give thanks; Your wondrous works declare that Your Name is near and they who invoke Your Name rehearse Your wonders.2 When the proper time has come [for executing My judgments], I will judge uprightly [says the Lord].3 When the earth totters, and all the inhabitants of it, it is I Who will poise and keep steady its pillars. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!4 I said to the arrogant and boastful, Deal not arrogantly [do not boast]; and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn [of personal aggrandizement].5 Lift not up your [aggressive] horn on high, speak not with a stiff neck and insolent arrogance.6 For not from the east nor from the west nor from the south come promotion and lifting up. 7 But God is the Judge! He puts down one and lifts up another.8 For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup [of His wrath], and the wine foams and is red, well mixed; and He pours out from it, and all the wicked of the earth must drain it and drink its dregs. 9 But I will declare and rejoice forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.10 All the horns of the ungodly also will I cut off [says the Lord], but the horns of the [uncompromisingly] righteous shall be exalted.

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.

Are you holding a grudge? It is a wall that will keep you from experiencing true freedom. Forgiveness is the key to freedom. As you forgive them God will forgive you.


Psalm 130:3-4

3 If You, Lord, should keep account of and treat [us according to our] sins, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with You [just what man needs], that You may be reverently feared and worshiped.

Keeping a record of sins (or holding a grudge) is like building a wall between you and another person, and it is nearly impossible to talk openly while the wall is there. God doesn’t keep a record of our sins; when he forgives, he forgives completely, tearing down any wall between us and him. Therefore, we fear (revere) God, yet we can talk to him about anything. When you pray, realize that God is holding nothing against you. His lines of communication are completely open.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for all that is within it. I thank You Lord for a Word that rings true and speaks hope and freedom to our hearts. Lord, I thank You that even while driving in the car, You can speak to me and show me obstacles and walls that I have built up that need to be taken care of. You soften the heart that we will be able to listen and be transformed.When asked how many times we should forgive, You said not just seven times, but seven times seventy times, not so that we can keep track, but more so that we realize we are supposed to continue to forgive. Your Word also reminds us Lord that as we forgive others, it opens the door that You will forgive us for our mistakes when we have missed the mark. Lord, today I lift up everyone who reads this and ask Lord that You would soften their hearts and help them to see and hear Lord from You. Soften their hearts that they will be able to be obedient to Your promptings and not allow bitterness or other footholds to keep them for all the great plans You have for them. And Lord, I lift up this day to You and ask You to have Your way in me, that in and through me, You may receive the praise, the honor, and the glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Psalm 74

1 O GOD, why do You cast us off forever? Why does Your anger burn and smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?2 [Earnestly] remember Your congregation which You have acquired of old, which You have redeemed to be the tribe of Your heritage; remember Mount Zion, where You have dwelt.3 Direct Your feet [quickly] to the perpetual ruins and desolations; the foe has devastated and desecrated everything in the sanctuary.4 In the midst of Your Holy Place Your enemies have roared [with their battle cry]; they set up their own [idol] emblems for signs [of victory].5 They seemed like men who lifted up axes upon a thicket of trees to make themselves a record.6 And then all the carved wood of the Holy Place they broke down with hatchets and hammers.7 They have set Your sanctuary on fire; they have profaned the dwelling place of Your Name by casting it to the ground.8 They said in their hearts, Let us make havoc [of such places] altogether. They have burned up all God’s meetinghouses in the land.9 We do not see our symbols; there is no longer any prophet, neither does any among us know for how long.10 O God, how long is the adversary to scoff and reproach? Is the enemy to blaspheme and revile Your name forever?11 Why do You hold back Your hand, even Your right hand? Draw it out of Your bosom and consume them [make an end of them]!12 Yet God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.13 You did divide the [Red] Sea by Your might; You broke the heads of the [Egyptian] dragons in the waters. 14 You crushed the heads of Leviathan (Egypt); You did give him as food for the creatures inhabiting the wilderness.15 You did cleave open [the rock bringing forth] fountains and streams; You dried up mighty, ever-flowing rivers (the Jordan). 16 The day is Yours, the night also is Yours; You have established the [starry] light and the sun.17 You have fixed all the borders of the earth [the divisions of land and sea and of the nations]; You have made summer and winter. [Acts17:26.]18 [Earnestly] remember how the enemy has scoffed, O Lord, and reproached You, and how a foolish and impious people has blasphemed Your name.19 Oh, do not deliver the life of your turtledove to the wild beast (to the greedy multitude); forget not the life [of the multitude] of Your poor forever.20 Have regard for the covenant [You made with Abraham], for the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.21 Oh, let not the downtrodden return in shame; let the oppressed and needy praise Your name.22 Arise, O God, plead Your own cause; remember [earnestly] how the foolish and impious man scoffs and reproaches You day after day and all day long.23 Do not forget the [clamoring] voices of Your adversaries, the tumult of those who rise up against You, which ascends continually.

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).

It’s not a good idea to be burning the candle at both ends. (Work Life Balance)


Psalm 127:2

2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of [anxious] toil–for He gives [blessings] to His beloved in sleep.

God is not against human effort. Hard work honors God. But working to the exclusion of rest or to the neglect of family may be a cover-up for an inability to trust God to provide for our needs. We all need adequate rest and times of spiritual refreshment. On the other hand, this verse is not an excuse to be lazy. Be careful to maintain a balance: work while trusting God, and also rest while trusting him.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for all that is within it. I thank You Lord for the truth that comes from reading and meditation upon Your Word. As I read today’s Word, it reminds me of what I learned many years ago when I was truly burning the candle at both ends if not worst. Because I was striving more than abiding in You, I was working more than trusting in You, I ended up getting up early to work and then staying up late to work, I was also volunteering in my community and at church which meant there was not only a lack of time with the family, but also of rest and times of spiritual refreshment. Eventually it took a toll on my health which was what brought me to the realization of what was taking place and that I was going to have to make changes. First thing I looked at was my priorities and making sure I put first things first. Without that in place it would be hard to make the right decisions. Putting you first, my marriage second, my family third, helped me to make sure I was making the right changes. It helped me to release people to do the work they were doing without the need for micromanagement and with the team being geographically distributed, this enabled me to reduce significantly the amount of time needed to work the extended hours and increase the amount of time I was able to spend with my wife and family. Similarly, I also weighed out the volunteer work I was doing and brought the one role to a point of success where I felt comfortable that they would be able to move forward and succeed as I transitioned off.Lord, Your Word never returns void and my hope and trust in You are and will continue to be key in my success moving forward. Thank You for the training on trust, on abiding in Your presence. Thank You for the training on forgiveness which removed a sense of bitterness and brought true freedom. As I prepare for this day, I look to You trusting and believing in You for great things that go beyond, beyond and as such give You all the praise, the honor, and the glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Psalm 73

1 TRULY GOD is [only] good to Israel, even to those who are upright and pure in heart.2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone, my steps had well-nigh slipped.3 For I was envious of the foolish and arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.4 For they suffer no violent pangs in their death, but their strength is firm.5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they smitten and plagued like other men.6 Therefore pride is about their necks like a chain; violence covers them like a garment [like a long, luxurious robe].7 Their eyes stand out with fatness, they have more than heart could wish; and the imaginations of their minds overflow [with follies].8 They scoff, and wickedly utter oppression; they speak loftily [from on high, maliciously and blasphemously].9 They set their mouths against and speak down from heaven, and their tongues swagger through the earth [invading even heaven with blasphemy and smearing earth with slanders]. 10 Therefore His people return here, and waters of a full cup [offered by the wicked] are [blindly] drained by them.11 And they say, How does God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who always prosper and are at ease in the world; they increase in riches.13 Surely then in vain have I cleansed my heart and washed my hands in innocency.14 For all the day long have I been smitten and plagued, and chastened every morning.15 Had I spoken thus [and given expression to my feelings], I would have been untrue and have dealt treacherously against the generation of Your children.16 But when I considered how to understand this, it was too great an effort for me and too painful17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood [for I considered] their end.18 [After all] You do set the [wicked] in slippery places; You cast them down to ruin and destruction.19 How they become a desolation in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors!20 As a dream [which seems real] until one awakens, so, O Lord, when You arouse Yourself [to take note of the wicked], You will despise their outward show.21 For my heart was grieved, embittered, and in a state of ferment, and I was pricked in my heart [as with the sharp fang of an adder].22 So foolish, stupid, and brutish was I, and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.23 Nevertheless I am continually with You; You do hold my right hand.24 You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to honor and glory.25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And I have no delight or desire on earth besides You.26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the Rock and firm Strength of my heart and my Portion forever.27 For behold, those who are far from You shall perish; You will destroy all who are false to You and like [spiritual] harlots depart from You.28 But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God and made Him my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.

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?

Will you come? Will you go?


Psalm 122:1

1  I WAS glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord!

Going to God’s house can be a chore or a delight. For the psalmist, it was a delight. As a pilgrim attending one of the three great religious festivals, he rejoiced to worship with God’s people in God’s house. We may find worship a chore if we have unconfessed sin or if our love for God has cooled. But if we are close to God and enjoy his presence, we will be eager to worship and praise him. Our attitude toward God will determine our view of worship.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for all that is within it. I thank You Lord that I am able to be a part of the Body of Christ and not only attend church, but serve You. It is an incredible joy, to get to serve and be a part of worship and the message. Lord, I lift up those who are seeking Lord, those who may only come to church or go to church on special occasions (Christmas, Easter) or when there is an event for Lord, I know through my experience that it is more than just rituals or going through the motions, it is truly about having a living relationship with You. Help us Lord to have our eyes opened so that this truth is made real in more people around us. Help us Lord who know this to share this with other, to have the courage and boldness to invite others to come and experience the presence of God in their lives, not only at church, but also throughout the week by spending time in prayer, in Your Word (The Bible), and in worship (CD/Tapes/MP3/Radio – like
http://spirit1053.com (FM 105.3), http://praise1065.com (FM 106.5), and many other great stations that are available locally as well as on the web). God that the love, Your love, the wisdom, Your wisdom, the truth, Your truth can be spoken to us, over us, and through us in every area of our lives. Lord, may today many lives be turned back to You, may many lives turn to You from hearing Your Word preached, and may there be great celebration in the churches and the heavens as so many lives are being transformed and reconciled back to You, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Looking for a church, check your local paper, try http://www.bing.com/local, or check a local Christian radio status as they usually have a church finder. God has great and mighty plans for you.


 

Psalm 72

1  GIVE THE king [knowledge of] Your [way of] judging, O God, and [the spirit of] Your righteousness to the king’s son [to control all his actions].2  Let him judge and govern Your people with righteousness, and Your poor and afflicted ones with judgment and justice.3  The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the hills, through [the general establishment of] righteousness.4  May he judge and defend the poor of the people, deliver the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor,5  So that they may revere and fear You while the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.6  May he [Solomon as a type of King David’s greater Son] be like rain that comes down upon the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.7  In His [Christ’s] days shall the [uncompromisingly] righteous flourish and peace abound till there is a moon no longer. 8  He [Christ] shall have dominion also from sea to sea and from the River [Euphrates] to the ends of the earth. 9  Those who dwell in the wilderness shall bow before Him and His enemies shall lick the dust.10  The kings of Tarshish and of the coasts shall bring offerings; the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.11  Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him, all nations shall serve Him. 12  For He delivers the needy when he calls out, the poor also and him who has no helper.13  He will have pity on the poor and weak and needy and will save the lives of the needy.14  He will redeem their lives from oppression and fraud and violence, and precious and costly shall their blood be in His sight.15  And He shall live; and to Him shall be given gold of Sheba; prayer also shall be made for Him and through Him continually, and they shall bless and praise Him all the day long.16  There shall be abundance of grain in the soil upon the top of the mountains [the least fruitful places in the land]; the fruit of it shall wave like [the forests of] Lebanon, and [the inhabitants of] the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.17  His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun [indeed, His name continues before the sun]. And men shall be blessed and bless themselves by Him; all nations shall call Him blessed!18  Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who alone does wondrous things!19  Blessed be His glorious name forever; let the whole earth be filled with His glory! Amen and Amen!20  The prayers of David son of Jesse are ended.

 

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.