~Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

If we started off each day with this prayer, we could certainly prevent most conflicts in our lives, couldn’t we?  When I am dwelling on a past hurt or current trial, my heart is not in a “state of readiness” for kind words.  In fact, my kindness would be forced, if you will.  It takes more effort to have words of kindness for someone when all I’ve been doing is dwelling on the negatives in my life!  It stands to reason – the Scriptures say that whatever lies within my heart will come out of my mouth:

~Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

Christians exercise their bodies for a healthy life style but what about a healthy spiritual life style?  Exercising our heart’s condition should be more of a priority than our bodies. God’s word exhorts us to live godly lives because it’s profitable for us for all areas in our lives!  What a promise!

~1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

Psalm 19:14, however, exhorts us to please whom?  It is certainly not to please ourselves – it’s so that we please our Heavenly Father!  The child of God’s sin is covered by the precious blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ, therefore, we are acceptable in the sight of the Father! However, all of our actions may not reflect His godly nature.  The Psalmist ends the verse well by acknowledging where he gets his help – God is his strength and his redeemer.  When we turn to the Lord for our direction (through His word), meditate on it and allow it to change us, we are exercising our spiritual muscle.  The end result of good spiritual exercise is a heart that is conditioned and will speak godly volumes rather than unhealthy negative volumes.

Exercise your spiritual muscle by memorizing this verse and speaking it the moment your feet hit the ground running in the mornings.  When you start the day with this verse on your heart, it will lay the foundation for the rest of your day 🙂

The picture above was taken by a sweet Christian lady, Connie Wentworth and used here with her permission. Her pictures are mostly taken in the State of Maine and depict God’s glorious creation! Thank you, Connie, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

~Psalm 8:1-9 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. 2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: 7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; 8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!  What wonderful words to sing forth to our Lord and Saviour!  Jesus Christ, our Creator, (John 1:3) set His glory in the heavens so we might enjoy their beauty.  His creation blesses us – His seasons bless us! The dead of winter even brings its rewards – the snow weighing heavily on branches – the chirping of birds not heard in the summertime – the beauty of sunlight as it glistens on dangling icicles. Every season brings its own blessings of beauty to encourage the weary spirit.

Are the words from my mouth like these beautiful seasons?  Are they spoken with wisdom so others may learn? (Isaiah 50:4) Is my heart’s condition revealed through my words? (Psalm 49:3, Luke 6:45) The Christian must have a time of refreshing each morning to prepare the heart and spirit for the day – a jump start, if you will. When I want to “still my spirit,” I put on calming instrumental music set to nature’s sounds and open my Bible to the Book of Psalms.  It is here that my Heavenly Father speaks to me, calms me and encourages my weary heart.  Every day can start with that mountain top experience – some days it’s more difficult to reach, but it can be reached. When I least feel like spending time in God’s word is when I need it the most.  As I yield myself, I’m rewarded by God’s goodness!!  There’s always peace to be found for the weary soul when we sit still and read His word. The results are revealed through our words and actions.

~Psalms 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

Take a moment each day to rest in Psalms!

The picture above was taken by a sweet Christian lady, Connie Wentworth and used here with her permission. Her pictures are mostly taken in the State of Maine and depict God’s glorious creation! Thank you, Connie, for allowing me this opportunity to use your work!

~John 18:1-2 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. 2 And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.

Sometimes we forget that our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, was human, just as we are human.  The Lord Jesus needed to retreat to a quiet place often and He taught His disciples to do the same. Verse two says he ofttimes resorted going to the garden.  Not only did Christ need some quiet time for Himself, but He also knew His creation and their need for rest – both physically and spiritually.

It’s so important for me to take time out of my busy schedule so I can refresh my spirit and renew my walk daily.  As my body needs water daily, so does my spirit need the water of life! (John 4:14) Our Shepherd knows how important it is for us to spend time praying, reading and meditating. So much so, He gave us Psalm 23:1-3 to outline this time of need. Notice the pattern? Psalm 23:1 teaches us to go to a place of rest and peace; Psalm 23:2 teaches to read the Scriptures (drink from the fountain of life); Psalm 23:3 shows that after we have done so, our paths will be directed to righteousness! What a blessing 🙂

So where is your garden? I can retreat to my garden any time I want and I live in an apartment 🙂  I have CD’s of beautiful instrumental hymns and songs set to nature’s sounds which I play while I am reading.  I may not be in an actual garden but the beautiful songs of birds and crickets, ocean waves, etc. set the atmosphere for my reading.  You can have your garden anywhere.  If it was that important for the Lord Jesus and His disciples, it is that important for us!

 


~Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Meditating daily on God’s word is a key part of a Christian’s life. Why would you want to read the Bible just for the sake of reading and receiving nothing from it? God tells us in this verse that we should meditate on it day and night so that we will obey it. Meditating implies application here, doesn’t it? I know that I have meditated on many things but failed to apply it to my life. I did not allow the Holy Spirit of God to change me. It was not God that failed, but I am the one that failed. I was a hearer of the word only and not a doer. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1:22) When we understand what meditation is all about, we begin to understand how God uses it in our lives to mold us into the vessel of honour we should be.

When should we meditate? The Bible reveals that we should meditate on His word day and night. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. (Psalm 1:2) Whenever the Lord lays a verse on your mind, nurture that verse in your heart. Think about it and meditate on its meaning. The Lord impressed it upon you for a reason. Search out your heart to see where this verse applies. Is it to point out a sin? Confess it. Is it to point you to a task to be done? Recognize the task and do it.

Who should we meditate on? When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. (Psalm 63:6) Meditate on the Lord, Himself. When you cannot sleep, think of His goodness, His blessings, answered prayer, the trials He has brought you through, or your salvation.

What should we meditate on? I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. (Psalm 119:15) I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. (Psalm 143:5) Meditating on the Scriptures opens our eyes to God Himself. He reveals Himself to us within the blessed pages of our Bible. We learn about His omnipotence, Jesus’ return and His upcoming Kingdom, how to live godly lives, etc. We also can think about the work of God’s hands – His creation, our families, His word, etc. The list cannot be exhausted.

What should we do with what we have gleaned from during our times of meditation? I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. (Psalm 77:12) When we meditate on all that the Lord has done for us, we are then ready to share with others what He has done for us. Give God the glory due Him by sharing praises. Too often, we are quick to complain about our circumstances. However, if we have spent our night watches meditating on God’s Goodness, those complaints are long gone and praises rest on our lips.

When should we meditate? Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. (Psa 119:23) Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts. (Psalm 119:78 ) Whenever we are being attacked by the world, we should turn to God’s word and meditate on it. It is there we will find peace in the midst of turbulence. We should meditate when we have trouble sleeping. But sometimes the sweetest times for meditation are found in those wee hours of the morning when all is quiet. Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word. (Psalm 119:148 ) Notice that David says that he prevented his eyes from sleeping so he could meditate on God’s word. When was the last time I deprived myself of sleep so I could meditate on God’s word? This was quite a convicting verse for me today.

What are the results of meditating? Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. (1 Timothy 4:15) When we meditate on God’s word and apply what we have gleaned to our lives, we cannot help but grow spiritually. We become profitable and in so doing, we become a blessing to those around us. We can be used of God for their benefit.

When we do not meditate on God’s word, we are revealing our spiritual barometer. If you talk to a Christian who is strong in this area of meditation, you will find a Christian who is solid and not easily caught off guard by the curve balls of life. He also has a spiritually firm foundation and can easily testify of what God has done for him. Strengthen and build upon your foundation by meditating on the Scriptures today.

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

How important are our words? In one breath, we can encourage someone who is struggling with the loss of a loved one. In the next breath, we can raise our voice to our children in anger. Both situations required words of some kind but I’m certain each had a different set of words spoken. What we say to someone does make a difference. (Ephesians 4:29)

If we started out our day by dedicating our heart and mouth to the Lord, I dare say we would be able to speak words to others that would leave them thirsting for more. Wouldn’t you agree? Our speech is what the unbelieving world will use to compare with our walk. The two must agree or our testimony will be ineffective. (Psalm 37:30) When I start my day with the Lord, reading and praying, I have placed my heart, my mind, my words and my actions down a path guided by Him. My heart is settled and prepared and my day is set into motion. I have not started the day on slippery slope but on solid ground, therefore, I am able to walk sure and steady.

The scriptures contain many examples of people and the effect their words had on others. I would like to share the accounts of three women and how their words affected those around them.

The first of these women is Eve, the very first woman. I find it interesting that in the first words we find in scriptures spoken by her, she is adding to what God commanded about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Compare Genesis 2:16 and Genesis 3:2-3) God never said they couldn’t touch the fruit. Whether she did this on her own or this was what Adam shared with her, we don’t know. However, it is still interesting that these were the first recorded words spoken by Eve. What were the effects of these words? The serpent was able to trip her and deceive her. She, therefore, went to her husband and was able to convince him to eat of the fruit as well. Adam and Eve had the wonderful privilege of walking with God in the Garden of Eden. I wonder what would have happened had she prayed a similar prayer as in today’s verse? Would she have been so willing to listen to the serpent? Would she have dragged her husband into her sin? So this “first lady” of scripture words caused another to sin. Interesting.

Our next example of the impact of our words is Job’s wife. (Job 2:9) A woman who lives with a godly man cannot help but be influenced by his testimony. The scriptures don’t say whether or not she loved the Lord. All we can go by are her words. The first words spoken by Mrs. Job is Job 2:9. Except for Job’s boils, Mrs. Job experienced what Job experienced. She, too, lost all their children! Can you imagine? She, too, lost all that they had worked hard for. But when the rubber met the road, she did not have the same spiritual fortitude that her husband did. The only words mentioned in scriptures spoken by Mrs. Job is to tell her husband to curse God and die! She must have been at the end of her rope after going through all these emotional experiences. I wonder what would have happened had she started her day with this prayer in today’s text? Mrs. Job’s words encouraged her husband to curse God. Interesting.

The last of our women is Sarah. We read in Genesis 18:11-15 that the Lord told Abraham that Sarah would conceive in her old age. As well, when Sarah overheard Him, she laughed at the idea. I dare say I probably would have done the same had I been in her shoes. However, her lack of faith didn’t begin there. If you recall, Abraham had been told by God in the previous chapter that his seed would be numerous like the stars. (On a side note, Abraham laughed as well so let’s not be too harsh on Sarah!) I’m sure he shared this information with his wife. But her disbelief, or lack of faith, was displayed when she decided to help God along by giving Hagar, her servant, to Abraham so she could “bare” a child through her. What I find interesting is not so much Sarah’s lack of faith. After all, God Himself told Abraham that she would have a child. What I do find interesting is that she lied when the Lord told her that she laughed. (Genesis 18:15) She denied it! I wonder what would have happened had Sarah started her day with this prayer in today’s text? Sarah’s words, instead, were those reflecting her shaky faith and resulted in lying. Interesting.

How important it is for us to start our day out right. Is it any wonder that we are powerless in our walk when we haven’t spent time with the Lord before we embark on our day’s journey? How can our Father say no to a child who comes to him and says, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” A sincere prayer such as this makes for a firm foundation, don’t you think? Guarding our hearts will in turn guard our mouths. Starting our day with this sincere prayer is bound to have an effect on us. We’ll think before we speak – we’ll have God’s word hidden in our heart and its effect will be a guarded mouth.

Psalm 119:81-88

CAPH
81 My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.
82 Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.
84 How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
85 The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.
86 All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.
87 They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.
88 Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.

Journaling:

1. Find all the things the Bible will do for you
2. Find the things you are suppose to do with your Bible
3. Find the things the Bible is likened t
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Today’s text is precious to me! Each verse not only voices a complaint to God about the Psalmist’s circumstances, but also teaches us that he faithfully turned to God’s word through it all. He could have been like many of today’s “supposed Christians” who go through the fire and can’t take it so they abandon God. Not this man! It’s as if he was continually trying to convince himself that despite his battles, God’s word promised comfort and help and, therefore, he would thirst for it.

I especially love verse 83! In my research, I learned that bottles of that day were made of animal skins. When these bottles were exposed to smoke, they would dry out and lose their softness, would become hard and useless. Wow! Isn’t that beautiful? The Psalmist is pouring his heart out to his God and telling him that he really needs His help! As well, the Psalmist hoped to find that help in God’s word (Psalm 119:81)!  It’s as if the Psalmist is saying, “Lord, I don’t want my heart to get so hard that I cease to seek after You!  Lord, Your word has always helped me before and I’m turning to You again!”

We have the same wonderful privilege today! God’s very words in the Holy Bible contain everything we need to encourage our hearts during each and every trial and tribulation. We are able to encourage our hearts by taking the time to read!

What hope does the Christian have today? Our hope is eternal, my friend! Our hope is that today is just but a fleeting moment in eternity’s time span – but eternal life with Christ is promised to be glorious!

~Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

~2 Corinthians 4:16-17 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

Many “Christians” harden during severe testing. I know of one particular woman who is so bitter toward God that she is no earthly good to anyone. She has ruined any testimony for God (IF she is even a Christian at all), ruined her marriage and has managed to keep friends at bay because they do not want to be around her bitterness. This is the type of hardness that our Psalmist is referencing in verse 83. HOWEVER, dear friend, the big difference here is that he stayed in God’s word and this kept him from turning his back on God. This lady did not stay in God’s word even though she was encouraged by many to do so.  When God’s word was presented to her by concerned friends, she had quick retorts filled with bitterness.

Christian, there is nothing that we are experiencing that God’s word can’t help us through. In its blessed pages are words of comfort and encouragement. We are not alone! For each type of difficulty or trial, there are verses to lift even the weariest of hearts!

Swipe your cursor: Romans 15:4, Hebrews 4:12, Psalms 119:105, II Timothy 3:16-17, I John 1:9, Psalms 55:22, Matthew 11:28-30

The Psalmist repeatedly states that he kept turning to God’s word and trusting in Him to make good His promises contained therein. Do we do that while we are in the midst of our trial? Are we like the woman above who simply complains about her lot rather than doing like the Psalmist and seeking comfort from God’s word? Oh what a blessing we have! We have an opportunity to keep our hearts softened even though we are going through the fire! The only thing we have to do is to open the Book!

Psalm 119:17-24

GIMEL
17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.
18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.
20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.
21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.
22 Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.
23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.

Journaling:

1. Find all the things the Bible will do for you
2. Find the things you are suppose to do with your Bible
3. Find the things the Bible is likened to

It seems to me that after meditating in the word of God (from yesterday’s post), the Holy Spirit’s convicting power has worked on the heart and the sinner realizes the gravity of his sin and repentance is wrought in the heart (Psalm 119:17-22).

There are so many verses dealing with repentance. I’ll list a number of them here but take a moment to move your curser back and forth on the Bible reference and read each one:

Matthew 3:2, Matthew 4:17, Mark 1:4, Mark 1:15, Mark 2:17, Mark 6:12, Luke 5:32, Luke 10:13, Luke 13:3, Luke 15:7, Luke 18:13-14, Luke 24:47, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Acts 5:31, Acts 8:22, Acts 17:30, Acts 20:21, Acts 26:20, Romans 2:4, Romans 14:11, 2 Corinthians 7:9-11, Hebrews 6:1, James 4:8-10, 1 Peter 2:25, 1 and John 1:9

The Psalmist closes this third Hebrew alphabet with meditation once more. As a result of a repentant heart, a heart that has dwelled long and hard on God’s convicting words, the reader takes delight in it and acknowledges that the word of God is his “counsellor”! That speaks volumes, doesn’t it? Where do you go when you need advice or counsel on a situation in your life? Do you go to your spouse, a friend, your Pastor? The Psalmist said it right, “Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.”

Everything we need in life are in our blessed instruction manual, the Bible! Who better than our Creator to give us counsel? He knows us better than our own parents or spouse!  Meditate on the following verses.  This passage is such a blessing as it comforts the child of God and shows him that he is so loved by his Creator!  How blessed we are!

~Psalm 139:1-18

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
1 O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. 13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

Psalm 71

1 In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion. 2 Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me. 3 Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress. 4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. 5 For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth. 6 By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee. 7 I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge. 8 Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day. 9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth. 10 For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together, 11 Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him. 12 O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help. 13 Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt. 14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. 15 My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof. 16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. 17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. 18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. 19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee! 20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. 21 Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side. 22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel. 23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed. 24 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.

As I read this Psalm this morning, I saw a man who walked with the Lord for many years. David reflected on his walk with God and saw how faithful God had been throughout.  In my research, I discovered the history behind this Psalm revealed David wrote this in his old age when his son, Adonijah, rebelled. Poor David – he reaped a whirlwind in his family because of his sin with Bathsheba, didn’t he? Yes, he repented of his sin but the repercussions of sin are like rippling water when a stone is cast into a calm lake. Yet, despite it all, David saw God’s faithfulness.

David saw the hand of God throughout all his life.   Like the Psalmist, we should have pensive moments like this to reflect on what God has done for us. We humans have a tendency to forget all that God has done for us. Our nature is to complain about the circumstances at hand. But David knew how to remember – he thought on God’s goodness daily.

~Psalm 77:6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

Meditating on all the twists in life and curve balls that have been thrown my way, I clearly see that the Lord was right there like a faithful Friend! The child of God is not a stranger to God. God knows every detail about us – the very hairs on our head are numbered! We are called His friend!

~James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

The Lord may not have resolved my issues immediately, but I believed that He would work through the details – and He did! In fact, He did so with such meticulous love for me! I can praise Him more and more because I can look back and see His faithfulness. Even more so, I can praise Him more because of His mercy and forgiveness for all my sins! Like David, I should lay on my bed in the night time hours and reflect on the day’s blessings. Not only do these reflections strengthen my faith, they give me assurance that the Lord will be just as faithful with whatever lies in my future! What a blessed way to fall asleep!

~Psalm 4:6-8 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

Whether you are a new believer or a seasoned believer reading this blog post today, take time to reflect, as David did, and rejoice in God’s faithfulness! Our God does not sleep and is ever vigilant in caring for us. His love never ends and He is ever faithful! As we meditate on His goodness, our doubts and worries are replaced with assuredness. God’s resume in our lives is proof of His ability, His love, and His faithfulness!

Why not encourage a young believer in the Lord today!  Rejoice and praise the Lord your God and share His goodness with them!