Food for the Soul
Food for the Soul
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. 1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. 5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you. 19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! 20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? 22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
One of the most amazing psalms there is! There is so much here to get our heads around. God is so interested in each of us. He didn’t make a mistake when He made us. He planned for each of us. He made us complex – it took thought, planning and effort to make each one of us. He didn’t just snap His fingers. He thinks about each one of us – a lot. He is with each one of us at every moment of every day.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
We need to believe God when He says these things. To really believe and to live as if it is true. How much do we miss these ideas in the middle of our days! It is so easy to forget all that He has done and is doing and is thinking about each of us.
Lord help us to remember and believe what You say – that you planned each one of us and have plans for each of us. Thank you that You are with us all through the day.
Written by Therese Manning
1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. 2 I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness, for you have so exalted your solemn decree that it surpasses your fame. 3 When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me. 4 May all the kings of the earth praise you, Lord, when they hear what you have decreed. 5 May they sing of the ways of the Lord, for the glory of the Lord is great. 6 Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar. 7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me. 8 The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.
I love how in 8 succinct verses, so much can be packed in about the character and nature of God. God who has unfailing love and goodness. God who has all surpassing decrees. God who answers our prayer and so emboldens us. God whose glory is great. God who looks kindly on the lowly. God who keeps the proud far. God who preserves our lives in the midst of trouble. God who stretches his hand out against our foes. God whose right hand saves us. God who vindicates us. God, whose love endures forever.
One thing is clear – the psalmist spends most of his time knowing, remembering and declaring who His God is. Even in writing down a summary of these insights, I feel faith, confidence and strength rise within me.
There is such power in reminding myself of who my God is. It’s so easy to simply remind myself of all my problems, projects and needs. But David (author of the psalm), who surely would have had all of the above in truckloads, spends his time here on who God is. The powerful truth implied here is this – if you know who it is that is with you, you know who you’ve got with you for all the problems, projects and needs of life. And that changes everything. Your perceptions of the problems, the power with you for the projects, and the provision you can access for the needs. The bottom line for me is simply – don’t start with what you need to do or solve, start with who it is who is with you!
Lord, help me live the flip here. From starting my day, the way I pray and the way I think about life in what I need to do or solve…to starting the day with who you are. And then moving into the do and solve with you, strong in me!
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh
1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. 2 There on the poplars we hung our harps, 3 for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” 4 How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land? 5 If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. 6 May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy. 7 Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did on the day Jerusalem fell. “Tear it down,” they cried, “tear it down to its foundations!” 8 Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is the one who repays you according to what you have done to us. 9 Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.
I know the book of Psalms as a place where writers express their deepest feelings – from grief to joy, from anger to humble repentance. That is what I am reading here in Ps 137. This is a Psalm of great grief at the loss of their home in Jerusalem and subsequent captivity. It records their anger and desire for vengeance against their captors – the Edomites.
Probably some of the most disturbing words in scripture are in the final verses where the writer cries out to God to bless anyone who would bring damage and heartbreak to their captors. It is like a mirror to what they have faced, what they have lost, who they have buried and how they have been oppressed.
It is not God who utters these words – it is broken humanity – begging for payback. It’s a reminder that on the journey from the bondage of grief and captivity – we can cry out to God to intervene. We can call out to a Him and express our deepest desires for what we think a righteous solution will look like. But at the end of the day – God who hears our prayers will still be God – and will work with us and through us to bring his Kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.
Lord – as I walk this life in all it’s pain and grief – as I cry out to You – remind me afresh that You are the God of reconciliation, redemption and restoration for all people. May your Kingdom come here on earth!
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. 4 to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever. 5 who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever. 6 who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever. 7 who made the great lights— His love endures forever. 8 the sun to govern the day, His love endures forever. 9 the moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever. 10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever. 11 and brought Israel out from among them His love endures forever. 12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; His love endures forever. 13 to him who divided the Red Sea[a] asunder His love endures forever. 14 and brought Israel through the midst of it, His love endures forever. 15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea; His love endures forever. 16 to him who led his people through the wilderness; His love endures forever. 17 to him who struck down great kings, His love endures forever. 18 and killed mighty kings— His love endures forever. 19 Sihon king of the Amorites His love endures forever. 20 and Og king of Bashan— His love endures forever. 21 and gave their land as an inheritance, His love endures forever. 22 an inheritance to his servant Israel. His love endures forever. 23 He remembered us in our low estate His love endures forever. 24 and freed us from our enemies. His love endures forever. 25 He gives food to every creature. His love endures forever. 26 Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.
Two choirs sang this psalm. One choir sang the first line of each verse, and the other choir answered, “For His love endures forever.” It may seem repetitive, almost boring, but you can never say too much about the love of God! God reveals His love by giving us a wonderful creation to use and to enjoy (vv. 4–9). Just think, He had everything ready for our first parents when He made them! It is too bad that many people are such poor stewards of God’s creation gifts. We must never take for granted the wonderful world we live in. He reveals His love in His care for us, helping us fight our battles and defeat our enemies (vv. 10–25). Israel was not always faithful to God, but that is where His love comes in! He was faithful to them. The God of heaven is caring for us on earth! His love endures forever!
Father – I know your love extends and exists in ever increasing measure. May I live in this love day after day!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta
1 Praise the Lord. Praise the name of the Lord; praise him, you servants of the Lord, 2 you who minister in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God. 3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant. 4 For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own, Israel to be his treasured possession. 5 I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods. 6 The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths. 7 He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses. 8 He struck down the firstborn of Egypt, the firstborn of people and animals. 9 He sent his signs and wonders into your midst, Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants. 10 He struck down many nations and killed mighty kings— 11 Sihon king of the Amorites, Og king of Bashan, and all the kings of Canaan— 12 and he gave their land as an inheritance, an inheritance to his people Israel. 13 Your name, Lord, endures forever, your renown, Lord, through all generations. 14 For the Lord will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants. 15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands. 16 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. 17 They have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. 18 Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. 19 All you Israelites, praise the Lord; house of Aaron, praise the Lord; 20 house of Levi, praise the Lord; you who fear him, praise the Lord. 21 Praise be to the Lord from Zion, to him who dwells in Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.
Such exuberance in this Psalm – reading it in the Message version it starts and ends with Hallelujah to God! And why should we praise Him the Psalmist asks – because God has chosen Israel (& ultimately us) as a prize possession, His special treasure. What a wonderful picture of our living God. The Psalmist goes on to remember & praise Him because of His greatness, He is creator, eternal, He stands up for, fights for & protects His people.
This Psalmist has encouraged me to take some time & look back on all the times God has been active in my life, all the times He has come through, made a way where there was none, held my hand through difficult times & ultimately treated me as His special treasure.
Father, I am so thankful of just how alive you have been in my life, that I am your special treasure. Hallelujah! You are truly amazing God!
Written by Suzie Hodgson
1 Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord who minister by night in the house of the Lord. 2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. 3 May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who is the Maker of heaven and earth.
This is a psalm to be sung by pilgrims as they approached the temple in Jerusalem.
Pilgrimages used to be a big thing: leaving the place they were comfortable; taking a difficult and costly journey, possibly a dangerous journey to God’s house. Here they are at the end of that journey. Coming up through the city gates, along the winding streets, they would have been able to see the temple up ahead, towering over the city. As their excitement builds, they would have sung this psalm as encouragement to the Levites who served day and night in the temple (perhaps more tired than excited).
Now the world wide church is God’s temple (1 Cor 3:16). He makes is home with us rather than us needing to go on a journey to His house.
But I am on a journey – from where I was separated from God into His presence; from what I was to what I’m becoming: a life long journey. I need to remember not to get too comfortable, but to push on, like Paul in Philippians 3:12-14.
Sometimes I can relate to the Levites. Sometimes living in God’s house (His church) can become routine, even hard work. Like them, I sometimes need encouragement. I need reminding of the excitement of arriving in the place where God is. (New Christians can be such a blessing!)
I need to remember that I am indeed blessed by the Lord who made heaven and earth. I need to lift my hands in praise of Him.
And I need to remember to encourage those wonderful people who serve the church.
A short psalm, but so much in it.
Written By David Cornell
1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
The last few weeks I’ve had to manage 2 work colleagues who could not get on, personalities clashed. It was difficult for those trying to find resolution, though no middle ground could be found.
In the midst of this situation I’ve been reading this psalm, a stark contrast. Unity is precious, my Bible version describes it as very good and pleasant, unlike the work dilemma. Unity is definitely to be sort, worked at and held onto. I love the imagery of oil & dew running, refreshing dryness and soaking, both pictures of life, healing, restoration, refreshing.
Father, as far as it depends on me, help me to always pursue unity not only with my brothers and sisters in Christ, but all people around me. Help me to be like dew and oil, life giving not soul destroying. Amen
Written by Suzie Hodgson
1 Lord, remember David and all his self-denial. 2 He swore an oath to the Lord, he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: 3 “I will not enter my house or go to my bed, 4 I will allow no sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, 5 till I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.” 6 We heard it in Ephrathah, we came upon it in the fields of Jaar: 7 “Let us go to his dwelling place, let us worship at his footstool, saying, 8 ‘Arise, Lord, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. 9 May your priests be clothed with your righteousness; may your faithful people sing for joy.’” 10 For the sake of your servant David, do not reject your anointed one. 11 The Lord swore an oath to David, a sure oath he will not revoke: “One of your own descendants I will place on your throne. 12 If your sons keep my covenant and the statutes I teach them, then their sons will sit on your throne for ever and ever.” 13 For the Lord has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling, saying, 14 “This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it. 15 I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor I will satisfy with food. 16 I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will ever sing for joy. 17 “Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one. 18 I will clothe his enemies with shame, but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.”
I love the Bible for its ability to relive its stories in the lives of each generation of believers.
Ps132 is about the shepherd king David and his solemn promise to build a place for God to live in, and in verse 11 God responds with a solemn promise to bless David and his ancestors.
We know today that it was always Gods plan for His dwelling place on Earth to be in the hearts and minds of His people. We know the Church is not a building it is people and it takes many people to build a great church.
What amazes me is that we can all enter into the Ps 132 promise to build God a place to live and be worshipped in. If you deliver a preaching message on Sunday that is wonderful but there are many ways to build the church. I know of a simple act of kindness to a bereaved person and the offer to make them a cup of tea after a Sunday service that had so much impact it was still remembered 20 years later.
I also believe the promise to bless those who build God a place to dwell in still stands today.
Read Hebrews 6:10
Lord, I ask you to help us to enter the Ps 132 promise to build your Church.
Written by David Newton
1 My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. 2 But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. 3 Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.
What a poetic description of becoming content before the Lord. I see in this Psalm of David a challenge to our obsessively aspirational culture – “my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; nor do I involve myself in great matters, or in things too marvellous for me…” I wonder how I’d go opening with this line at a self-development or corporate training event?
And yet, do I not want what David describes next – “I have composed and quieted my soul…my soul is like a weaned child within me…” Contentment before the Lord is as much about what I choose not to focus on, as it is what I do choose to focus on. And it is discerning, with God’s grace and wisdom, what is too great a matter or marvellous a concern for me. There are some things I just don’t need to set my heart on, no matter how great they may be, because developing a desire for such things will only leave me perpetually discontented and disquieted of soul.
Lord, I need your wisdom and grace here, especially when our culture promotes a message of – “accomplish all you dream of.” Amen.
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; 2 Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. 3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. 5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. 6 I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. 7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. 8 He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.
What a beautiful prayer by a person who has confidence and patience to trust the LORD to hear and forgive. The picture I get is of restoration (v4).
Waiting can be hard. Waiting for God to act to bring something to pass or to give us wisdom or an answer to prayer is also sometimes not easy. The image of “the watchmen waiting for morning” helps me understand why I have to wait for Him to speak or reveal his plans. The watchmen wait expectantly, and stay alert, anticipating danger or attack. When the sun begins to break through, dangers or threats are clearly visible. So it is when God responds to my cry for help. His plan for me, which I couldn’t see, becomes clear.
What stops me from waiting on God? This could be fear, impatience, trusting in my own wisdom, stopping praying. But instead confidence in my loving God (v3-4) casts out fear, patience in God’s perfect timing overcomes impatience, and remembering that my hope comes not from my wisdom or experience but from the unshakeable word of God (v5) helps me not to trust in my own solutions.
It comes down to humility, knowing God will respond and at the right time. I have seen this powerfully in my life this year. It sure wasn’t an easy road, but he strengthened me to continue the journey as I waited on Him.
Dear Heavenly Father, I know you are listening because you love me. You have shown me this in Jesus dying in my place. Thank you for growing my faith as I wait on you. Amen.
Written by Claire Moore
1 “They have greatly oppressed me from my youth,” let Israel say; 2 “they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me. 3 Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long. 4 But the Lord is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.” 5 May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame. 6 May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow; 7 a reaper cannot fill his hands with it, nor one who gathers fill his arms. 8 May those who pass by not say to them, “The blessing of the Lord be on you; we bless you in the name of the Lord.”
“But” can be such a transformative word.
“My enemies have beaten me down” is transformed by “but” from a statement of despair into a declaration of hope: “they haven’t won”. The hopelessness of being “tied up with ropes” is turned around by “but the Lord sets me free”.
It’s really easy to understand the psalmist’s desire that their enemies should receive the harm they intended for Israel. But Jesus said “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” (Luke 6:27-28) That’s not so easy. But if I can allow Jesus to turn my heart around it turns that cycle of hate and harm around into grace and love.
The phrase “but God” is used over and over again in the Bible. Sometimes it’s “But God was angry” (Number 22:22) but the vast majority of them speak of his grace towards us in spite of what we are: “But God heard” (Genesis 21:17); “But God did listen!” (Psalm 66:19); “But God remembered” (Genesis 8:1); “But God, who encourages those who are discouraged” (2 Corinthians 7:6); “But God had mercy on me“ (1 Timothy 1:16); “But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.” (2 Samuel 14:14); “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us” (Romans 5:8); “But God released” (Acts 2:24); “But God raised him from the dead!” (Acts 13:30); “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much” (Ephesians 2:4).
Father, thank you for the many times you speak a “but God” into my life: thank you that you turned me around from being your enemy to being your precious child. Turn my heart around to bring your transforming love into the parts of my life that seem to have least room for it.
Written by David Cornell
1 Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. 3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. 4 Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord. 5 May the Lord bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. 6 May you live to see your children’s children— peace be on Israel.
The promise here is that those who fear God and walk in obedience to Him will be blessed. God’s part is to bless us, to give us good gifts (whether physical or spiritual) and our part is to deeply respect Him and walk in obedience to Him.
Walking is our everyday default mode of transport, it is a fairly standard movement that we action repeatedly, often without thinking! What is my everyday mode of operation in life? Am I repeatedly and habitually acting in obedience to God’s ways? Am I loving Him and others? Am I forgiving? Am I serving? Am I choosing prayer rather than worry? Am I choosing thankfulness rather than grumbling?
God, please help me to ‘walk’ out my faith, and to obey you in my everyday interactions. May choosing your way of thinking, believing, imagining, being, speaking and acting become my habit. Amen.
Written by Ps. Bethany Waugh
1 Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. 2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves. 3 Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.
I love this psalm – it is like a thunder clap that resounds in my ears: “is God in this?”
Because if he is, I am labouring with purpose, meaning and confidence that God will take my efforts and make them stand for something beautiful, something God wants to support.
If he is not, then I am building sand castles. My efforts may keep me occupied, but they contribute nought to the truly meaningful, the truly beautiful, the truly eternal.
This psalm reminds me that I need people in my life who can check me, people who have permission to ask me the question – “Is God in this?” It is a question that can bring pain; but what could be more painful than a life spent on the futile, a life spent on things that are washed away with the next high tide?
Lord, help me accept the pain of a life giving word that gets me back on your track, to the house that you are building. I want to be working with you, not on my own. Amen
Written by Andrew Mellor
1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. 2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. 4 Restore our fortunes,[c] Lord, like streams in the Negev. 5 Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. 6 Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.
This psalm reflects on how the Israelite’s had come out of exile. They remember how God restored them to their home city – it was amazing, they couldn’t believe it. Their hearts were filled with joy and laughter. As I read this Psalm, I am reminded of how I feel when God acts on my behalf. My heart is filled with gladness and my mouth with joy because He has done amazing things for me too. I have come to know that “You can do anything!”
The psalm continues. The Israelite’s are out of exile but they are facing hardship again. They are asking – praying – for the Lord to restore them again. Some of my prayers are the same: Lord, help. But sometimes these answers are slow in coming – and the waiting can be hard. As I read this psalm, I find that the Israelite’s are not waiting in dismay. They know there are tears now, but they also know they will reap a harvest. It reminds me of Habakkuk 2:3 which says “though it tarry, wait for it”. They don’t focus on the hardship but they actively remind themselves of what God has done previously: “The Lord has done great things for us (past tense), and we are filled with joy (present tense)” (v3 NIV). May I actively remind myself of the same.
Lord, You are Mighty and Sovereign, the maker of heaven and earth, and You are mindful of us. I thank you that You hear our prayers and act on our behalf. You are the stream in the desert, You bring me hope. May Your name be blessed!
Written by Gab Martin
1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. 2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore. 3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil. 4 Lord, do good to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart. 5 But those who turn to crooked ways the Lord will banish with the evildoers. Peace be on Israel.
As I understand it, the Hebrew people would sing the psalms of ascent (which this is one) as they climbed the mountain of Zion towards the temple.
I am not sure if there are direct similarities, but I must say that I love listening to worship music when I am on a journey. There is something about the combination of going somewhere and worshipping at the same time that really puts my heart and soul in a positive place.
Thank you Lord for music of Heaven and your words in the form of a song.
Written by Ps Justin Ware
1 If the Lord had not been on our side— let Israel say— 2 if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us, 3 they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us; 4 the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, 5 the raging waters would have swept us away. 6 Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth. 7 We have escaped like a bird from the fowler’s snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped. 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
David opens this Psalm, with the question, “WHAT if God had not been on our side”?
That’s not something that we think about. We always encourage each other saying that God is for us not against us. That he is our provider, he is our healer, he is our saviour, he is! It’s always he is this or he is that. He is exactly what and who we need God to be for us, whatever situation we happen to be going through.
So, in faith we hang on.
But think about it, if God was not on our side then our story would be very short. Actually we would have no story to tell. Our first trouble would also be our last. It would be all over.
Why? For God is and always has been our only hope. There is no one else that we can turn to, to move mountains, to change situations, change people.
Only God. And he IS on our side. We are still here, still going all because of God.
We can trust him because he is for us. Our faith in him will not disappoint.
Father, thank you. Thank you for being on my side, and being for me.
Written by Andrew Martin
1 I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven. 2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us his mercy. 3 Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us, for we have endured no end of contempt. 4 We have endured no end of ridicule from the arrogant, of contempt from the proud.
I’m learning a lot about faith at the moment. I came to God through faith for my salvation. Now, though, I’m learning to live all the other parts of my life through faith. Paul had to say something similar to the Christians in the Galatian Church. (See Galatians 3:11)
Faith looks up.
Faith says “this situation will turn around – God will get me through!” Faith looks away from the problem at hand long enough to see a Heavenly Father, who loves me, on the throne in control. Faith says His promises are stronger than the current crisis I’m facing. Faith says “wait a second – He got me through before. He will get me through again!”
I need only look up.
Heavenly Father, when have you ever let me down? Help me to live by faith and remember to look up.
Written by Boudy Van Noppen
1 I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” 2 Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem. 3 Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together. 4 That is where the tribes go up— the tribes of the Lord— to praise the name of the Lord according to the statute given to Israel. 5 There stand the thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David. 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. 7 May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” 8 For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.” 9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity.
I couldn’t go past the first verse of this Psalm – “I rejoiced with those who said to me, let us go to the house of the Lord”.
I grew up going to church pretty much every Sunday of my life. I can’t say that I always rejoiced at the thought, but for the most part it was a very positive, extremely important part of my childhood experience. I suppose you could say that I took it for granted and didn’t really see how special it was at the time to be a part of a church.
Fast forward to now, and I really do rejoice at the thought of going to church (the house of the Lord).
I love how it’s called God’s house – the place where God dwells. For me, that has a warm and inviting sound to it, and I am so grateful to be a part of a church that allows me to belong and to be surrounded and supported by God’s people, as well as enjoy God’s presence in the gathered worship experience.
May I never take for granted the privilege of going to and belonging to the house of the Lord. It has made all the difference in my life.
Written by Shelley Witt
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Reading this passage I am struck by the contrast between the world and this walk in Christ. The world says be independent, self-reliant, face your fears and stare them down. But in Ps 121, I find that actually I face my battles with God, my protector, looking after me. There is not one moment of my day or night am I left to fend for myself. It isn’t that God doesn’t think I can manage on my own, but the reality is I don’t need to. So often I face my problems as much as I can in my own strength, then when my resources are depleted I go to God for help. I want to remember He is there ready to fight with me and for me right from the outset. I know that I can do nothing in my own strength, but the strength of God has already won victory over all that I face.
Heavenly Father thank you for all that you have done for me. Help me Lord to rest in your presence and to walk in your strength. In Jesus Name Amen
Written by Christine Knight
1 I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. 2 Save me, Lord, from lying lips and from deceitful tongues. 3 What will he do to you, and what more besides, you deceitful tongue? 4 He will punish you with a warrior’s sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush. 5 Woe to me that I dwell in Meshek, that I live among the tents of Kedar! 6 Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. 7 I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.
In this Psalm, David is being surrounded by deceit, lies and a desire for war. This distresses him and so he is crying out to the Lord. The second line in vs1 ” and He answers me” is the point I wish to focus on for today’ s passage.
We have all cried out to God at sometime in our distress, due to a weighing circumstance. But do we always recognise how God answers? Recently, I have experienced a cry to God in deep distress, and could not see His answer, therefore feeling that my cry was bouncing off the ceiling.! But was it? No. God heard all my cries to Him, and answered everyone of them, but I could not, and in some cases, still do not see how He answered them.
Through this I have learnt that great faith is not praying a powerful prayer and seeing the answer, but praying a prayer, not seeing the answer, but still proclaiming God’s goodness as being complete and absolute.
Father, when we cry out to You within the fog of distress, may we have the faith that always proclaims your goodness, regardless of what we see, or do not see. Amen.
Written by Steve Fell
169 May my cry come before you, Lord; give me understanding according to your word. 170 May my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your promise. 171 May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. 172 May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous. 173 May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. 174 I long for your salvation, Lord, and your law gives me delight. 175 Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me. 176 I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.
145 I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord, and I will obey your decrees. 146 I call out to you; save me and I will keep your statutes. 147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. 148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises. 149 Hear my voice in accordance with your love; preserve my life, Lord, according to your laws. 150 Those who devise wicked schemes are near, but they are far from your law. 151 Yet you are near, Lord, and all your commands are true. 152 Long ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever. 153 Look on my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten your law. 154 Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to your promise. 155 Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek out your decrees. 156 Your compassion, Lord, is great; preserve my life according to your laws. 157 Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from your statutes. 158 I look on the faithless with loathing, for they do not obey your word. 159 See how I love your precepts; preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with your love. 160 All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal. 161 Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at your word. 162 I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil. 163 I hate and detest falsehood but I love your law. 164 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws. 165 Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. 166 I wait for your salvation, Lord, and I follow your commands. 167 I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly. 168 I obey your precepts and your statutes, for all my ways are known to you.
This is such a beautiful psalm. If you have time now, I encourage you to read it again slowly and out loud.
What stands out to you?
What is it saying to you, at this time?
When I did this, the last part of this psalm (verses 161-168) really hit me. I was struck by the fact that Gods Word is truly the psalmists foundation. The “Word” here is referred to by a number of names – promise, law, commands, statutes and precepts. He says that the Word makes; his heart tremble, causes him to rejoice, helps him know what is true and false, causes him to praise, brings him peace and salvation. In knowing the Word he (the psalmist) knows God and he loves God. He experiences God in his daily life and is strengthened to carry on no matter what, and his life was full of difficulties and challenges.
This psalm compels me to know God’s word better and truly have it as my foundation. I want to be able to say with the psalmist that I too have great peace because I love his law (Word) and nothing can make me stumble (Psalm 119:165).
Thank you for your word God and for all your promises to us! May we read it and meditate on it daily. Make it alive to us by your Holy Spirit. May we know you better each day and experience you in all things. May your Word be our foundation and may we be able to testify that we have great peace, salvation and joy in you.
Written by Ps. Zoe Stewart
121 I have done what is righteous and just; do not leave me to my oppressors. 122 Ensure your servant’s well-being; do not let the arrogant oppress me. 123 My eyes fail, looking for your salvation, looking for your righteous promise. 124 Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees. 125 I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes. 126 It is time for you to act, Lord; your law is being broken. 127 Because I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold, 128 and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path. 129 Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them. 130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. 131 I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands. 132 Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name. 133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. 134 Redeem me from human oppression, that I may obey your precepts. 135 Make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees. 136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed. 137 You are righteous, Lord, and your laws are right. 138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy. 139 My zeal wears me out, for my enemies ignore your words. 140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them. 141 Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts. 142 Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true. 143 Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight. 144 Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live.
I have read somewhere that if we read a verse of Ps 119 each day & meditate on it through the day we will have read through the Psalm just twice in a year. The theme of this entire psalm is the value of scripture to & in our lives. Promise, decrees, statues, law, commands, precepts, word, all point to the desire of the Psalmist to honour God & to live righteously as he serves Him. This should be our heart also especially as we now know that Jesus is the Word Jn 1:1-2 & 1Jn 1:1-2.
Verse 144 sums this up for me .. “the way you tell me to live is always right; help me understand it so I can live to the fullest.” (Msge)
Lord my desire is to live to the fullest; your word is the only key to be fully able to do this. Jesus help my heart to keep your word at its centre, always. Amen
Written by Suzie Hodgson
89 Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. 90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. 91 Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you. 92 If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. 93 I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life. 94 Save me, for I am yours; I have sought out your precepts. 95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes. 96 To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless. 97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. 98 Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. 99 I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. 100 I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. 101 I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. 102 I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. 103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. 105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. 106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. 107 I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord, according to your word. 108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws. 109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law. 110 The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts. 111 Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. 112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end. 113 I hate double-minded people, but I love your law. 114 You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. 115 Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God! 116 Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. 117 Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees. 118 You reject all who stray from your decrees, for their delusions come to nothing. 119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross; therefore I love your statutes. 120 My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws.
A wonderful part of this awesome Psalm, God wants us to grow in wisdom. He wants us to pay attention to His words – daily. His words are trustworthy and truth. They are bigger than the world can contain. If we pay attention to His words, then it can lead us in the way we should go. Do we have the appropriate picture of God? “Speechless with reverence” is how The Message version ends verse 120. It is a brilliant description.
So often I find going back to God’s word can help when things look confusing or dark – it reminds me of all He has promised to me and to all of us. This passage reminds me that I need to do that more often. The world takes on a different hue when we see it through God’s words.
Dear Lord Thank You for Your word. Thank You for Your wisdom, Your love, Your guidance expressed through Your word. Help us to remember to let You speak to us and help us to listen. Lord please lead us each day so that we grow in Your wisdom. Amen
Written by Therese Manning
49 Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. 50 My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. 51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully, but I do not turn from your law. 52 I remember, Lord, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them. 53 Indignation grips me because of the wicked, who have forsaken your law. 54 Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge. 55 In the night, Lord, I remember your name, that I may keep your law. 56 This has been my practice: I obey your precepts. 57 You are my portion, Lord; I have promised to obey your words. 58 I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. 59 I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes. 60 I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. 61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law. 62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws. 63 I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts. 64 The earth is filled with your love, Lord; teach me your decrees. 65 Do good to your servant according to your word, Lord. 66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands. 67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. 68 You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. 69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart. 70 Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law. 71 It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. 72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. 73 Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands. 74 May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word. 75 I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me. 76 May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. 77 Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight. 78 May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause; but I will meditate on your precepts. 79 May those who fear you turn to me, those who understand your statutes. 80 May I wholeheartedly follow your decrees, that I may not be put to shame. 81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. 82 My eyes fail, looking for your promise; I say, “When will you comfort me?” 83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget your decrees. 84 How long must your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors? 85 The arrogant dig pits to trap me, contrary to your law. 86 All your commands are trustworthy; help me, for I am being persecuted without cause. 87 They almost wiped me from the earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts. 88 In your unfailing love preserve my life, that I may obey the statutes of your mouth.
One day I wondered what was at the halfway point of the Bible, so I separated the pages evenly putting my finger in what I thought was the centre and opened to Ps 119. It was unlike any other psalm, it was about our relationship with God’s Word. I know all Bibles are printed differently but for me Ps 119 is the centre and heart of the Bible.
This portion of the Ps 119 text contains multiple themes, but I was struck by the notion behind v67
“Before I went through suffering, I went down the wrong path.
But now I obey your word.”
This idea is carried several times in this passage but is most notably echoed in Heb 5:8-9
“Jesus was God’s Son. But by suffering he learned what it means to obey. In this way he was made perfect.”
For me this carries two quite comforting ideas. First is that hardship and suffering is an acknowledged part of life. It is inherent in the ‘fall of creation’ and experienced by all people. Second, suffering can have meaning and value if you allow it to transform you in a positive way through faith and prayer. I didn’t say it was easy, I said it can have value if you allow it.
In fact, it is worth spending five minutes today in prayerful meditation asking what value suffering has played in making you a better person. The answer might surprise you!
Written by David Newton
1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. 2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart— 3 they do no wrong but follow his ways. 4 You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. 5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! 6 Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. 7 I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. 8 I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me. 9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. 12 Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. 13 With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. 14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. 15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. 16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. 17 Be good to your servant while I live, that I may obey your word. 18 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. 19 I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me. 20 My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times. 21 You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed, those who stray from your commands. 22 Remove from me their scorn and contempt, for I keep your statutes. 23 Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees. 24 Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. 25 I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. 26 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees. 27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds. 28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. 29 Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me and teach me your law. 30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws. 31 I hold fast to your statutes, Lord; do not let me be put to shame. 32 I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding. 33 Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. 34 Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart. 35 Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. 36 Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. 37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.[c] 38 Fulfill your promise to your servant, so that you may be feared. 39 Take away the disgrace I dread, for your laws are good. 40 How I long for your precepts! In your righteousness preserve my life. 41 May your unfailing love come to me, Lord, your salvation, according to your promise; 42 then I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in your word. 43 Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws. 44 I will always obey your law, for ever and ever. 45 I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. 46 I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, 47 for I delight in your commands because I love them. 48 I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.
What an inspiring Psalm! Learn, love, and live the word of God with every fibre of your being is what this Psalm calls me to. There is so much to these 48 verses, but the first 8 are what struck me quite clearly. In a world sometimes obsessed with pursuing happiness, we will find it as we walk in God’s word – being blessed by God, is there a great reason for joy and happiness?
But I need to be diligent in coming to and keeping God’s word. In a world busy to the point of much distraction, I am called by this Psalm to diligent and steadfast focus on God’s word – my eyes “fixed” on His commands. I consider the concept of my eyes fixed on something, and I think of being captivated by a movie or exhilarating performance, deeply intrigued by a work of art, or stilled by a time of deep connection with someone I love and cherish. In each of these experiences, I am “fixed.”
How much do I give myself time to become fixed on God’s word? Captivated by God’s work and mission amongst humanity? Intrigued by His wisdom and teaching? Stilled by the power of His Holy Spirit moving me through the text.
Oh, Lord, may I come to your word different than I have before, and discover your captivating splendour throughout it!
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 2 Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.” 3 Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.” 4 Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.” 5 When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. 6 The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? 7 The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies. 8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans. 9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. 10 All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. 11 They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down. 12 They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them down. 13 I was pushed back and about to fall, but the Lord helped me. 14 The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. 15 Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! 16 The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!” 17 I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done. 18 The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death. 19 Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. 21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. 22 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 23 the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. 25 Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success! 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From the house of the Lord we bless you. 27 The Lord is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar. 28 You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. 29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
This psalm is a wonderful outline of the character and nature of God. This psalm really answers the question what is God like? From it we understand that God is good, he is our refuge and our helper, He can be trusted and ultimately He is our salvation.
You can’t help but notice the line, “His love endures forever” is repeated several times. The psalm also starts and concludes with it. It must be important to be said so often or perhaps we just need reminding! It’s interesting to note that this same truth is spoken into different levels. Firstly on a national level ie. “Let Israel say, His Love endures forever, then at a priesthood (house of Aaron) level or perhaps a modern take might be the church as Gods representation in the earth and finally at an individual believer level. This truth needs to permeate every level of society. The psalmist also stresses the need to say, “His love endures forever.” It needs to be spoken in good times and bad until it becomes part of our core understanding of who our heavenly father is.
Dear God, please help us to understand and remember that your love does truly endure forever. Amen
Written by Ps. Ainslie Woods
1 Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. 2 For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord.
This is a short psalm that says one thing beautifully. God is worthy of PRAISE. Verse 2 says:
For His unfailing love for us is powerful: the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever.
Some awesome words here – UNFAILING LOVE, POWERFUL, FAITHFULNESS, ENDURES, FOREVER. Aren’t they all ideas you want to have in your life more than you do?
Unfailing love is something we want from lots of people in our lives but no one is good enough at the unfailing bit. God is!
It is a powerful thing when we are loved. It gives us wings! When we feel loved it gives us confidence and helps us take risks.
God is faithful. He is trustworthy and reliable. And we can rely on that for our entire lives and forever.
These are all great reasons to praise God today. Get out your favourite worship song and put it on in the car or at home today and sing along.
Thank You Lord for Your unfailing love, the power that love brings into our lives and that You are faithful forever. Help us to remember these ideas and to turn to You in awe each day.
Written by Therese Manning
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