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WISDOM from
Psalms & Proverbs

CONTENTS
Topic                                                   
Eternal Life
Afflictions                                        
God Will Not Forsake Us                          
Faith                                                          
Fear                                                           
God’s Goodness                                        
God’s Greatness                                        
God’s Knowledge                            
God’s Grace                                              
God’s Love                                      
Heaven                                                      
Humility, Meekness                                   
Peace                                                
Prayer                                                        
Repentance                                      
Riches                                                        
Righteousness                                            
Resurrection        
                                               

WISDOM from Psalms & Proverbs
Written and compiled by: HIS SERVANT
Connie Kramer

Scripture verses taken from: [KJV] King James Version
Yellow bold italics is Jesus’ Words.
John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. [KJV]

Written and Compiled by:
His servant, Connie Kramer
Revised from original 10-2015

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One and Only, Almighty God!

ETERNAL LIFE
 

If you are not one of God’s children, you can become one! The Bible is very plain in telling us there are only two groups of people in the world: believers (God’s children) and unbelievers (the devil’s children). Believers are those who simply believe God in faith, and accept His only begotten Son to save them. John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [KJV] . . . Jesus’ words. An unbeliever refuses to believe God, and rejects Jesus. John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [KJV] . . . Jesus’ words.
         
As the following verse  so plainly states, if you do not believe in and trust Jesus, you will never see or experience eternal life in Heaven! John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. [KJV]
         
We cannot call God a liar and expect His love and blessings!

1 John 5:10-12 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. [11] And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. [12] He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. [KJV]
         
Jesus tells us we must be “born again.”
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. [KJV] . . . SO . . . just how do we do that? God tells it better that I do! 
John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: [13] Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. [KJV] . . .  “Him” is Jesus!

Just as we have a physical father, when we are ‘born again,’ we have a spiritual Father; and that is Almighty God in Heaven! He is the Father of our soul that lives forever.
         
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: [9] Not of works, lest any man should boast. [KJV] 
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. [KJV] . . . Eternal life is a GIFT to you from God when you believe Him! You cannot buy it, nor can you work for it. Jesus paid it all! Praise Him! THANK HIM!

Our FAITH in GOD RETURNS to us
BY GOD’S FAITHFULNESS to US!

Psalm 31:23 O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.  [KJV] . . . Love the Lord, all you faithful ones! For the Lord protects those who have faith in Him, but He will severely punish all who are arrogant and who deny or reject Him! Lord, forgive our complaints and fears; increase our faith, patience, love and our gratitude. Christ will “preserve” the faithful ones . . . this should strengthen and comfort the hearts of believers under all their afflictions, as we strive to be faithful to Him. Lord, teach us to rejoice in our tribulations and in hope.
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. (KJV)
1 Peter 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: (KJV)
Psalm 36:5  Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. [KJV] . . . Evil people and their wicked plots will all end in failure; but God is faithful, righteous and just. His great love reaches to the heavens; His awesome faithfulness reaches to the skies; His unending righteousness is as solid as His mighty mountains; and His judgments are always wise and true.
Lamentations 3:22-24 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24  The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. (KJV)

ADULTERY
         

ADULTERY is marital (out of wed-lock) infidelity. An adulterer is a man who has had illicit sex with a married woman, and that woman is an adulteress. Intercourse between a married man and an unmarried woman is fornication. Adultery was regarded as a great social wrong, as well as a great sin.
Idolatry, covetousness and apostasy are spoken of as spiritual adultery (Jer.3:6, 8-9; Eze.16:32; Hosea 1:2-3; Rev. 2:22). An apostate church is an adulteress (Isa.1:21; Eze.23:4, 7, 37), and the Jews are called “an adulterous generation” (Mat.12:39; Rev 12.)
Proverbs 6:32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul. [KJV] . . . Many today say that it is all right to break God’s law against sexual sin if nobody gets hurt. But, the truth is, somebody always gets hurt. Spouses are crushed, children are scarred; even those involved in this sin (even if they escape disease and unwanted pregnancy), lose their ability to fulfill commitments, lose their trust, and can’t be entirely open with another person. God’s laws are not optional. They do not forbid good, clean fun; but rather warn us against destroying ourselves. Adultery is evil, and the consequence can destroy the spiritual peace in the soul. Should we neglect what is pleasing to God, and what He will graciously reward? Shouldn’t we watch ever so closely every temptation that can poison our minds or affections?

Psalm 73:27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. [KJV] . . . Sin places us all far from God, and if we continue on in sin, it will increase our condemnation. We should draw near and keep near to our God, by faith and prayer.

Psalm 106:39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions. [KJV] . . . Israel constantly turned away from God. Even after the mighty miracles they saw, they still turned from God and worshipped the idols of the land. Are we any better? Sometimes we find ourselves lured by this world’s gods: power, convenience, fame, sex, money, possessions and pleasure. Just as Israel forgot God, so too, we are vulnerable to forgetting Him and giving in to the pressures of this evil world. Remember all that God has done for you; don’t be drawn away from Him by lusting after the world’s pleasures.

Psalm 106:39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions. [KJV]. . . Israel constantly turned away from God. Even after the mighty miracles they saw, they still turned from God and worshipped the idols of the land. Are we any better? Sometimes we find ourselves lured by this world’s gods: power, convenience, fame, sex, money, possessions and pleasure. Just as Israel forgot God, so too, we are vulnerable to forgetting Him and giving in to the pressures of this evil world. Remember all that God has done for you; do NOT be drawn away from Him by lusting after the world’s temporary pleasures.

AFFLICTIONS
         

AFFLICTIONS (troubles, pain, misfortune) are common to all people (Job 5:7; Job 14:1; Psalm 34:19); are for the good of men (James 1:2-3, 12; 2 Cor. 12:7) and the glory of God (2 Cor. 12:7-10; 1 Peter 4:14), and God’s children  should bear them with patience (Psalm 94:12; Proverbs 3:12). They are all directed by God (Lam.3:33), and  result in the everlasting good of His people (2 Cor. 4:16-18) in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:35-39).
Psalm 22:24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.  [KJV] . . . Our Saviour was afflicted more than any man! His suffering was graciously accepted by the Father as full satisfaction for OUR sin. And even though it was offered for even the most sinful men, the Father did not despise it, but accepted it.  For this, all humble and gracious souls should have an unending happiness in Him. It should be a matter of thanksgiving for each of us every day we live. If we hunger and thirst after righteousness in Christ, we shall be filled! Let every tongue confess that He is Lord. High and low, rich and poor, bond and free, Jew or Gentile; all have but ONE Saviour and Lord! We cannot save our own souls, but by obedient faith, we can commit our souls to Christ, who is well able to keep them alive for ever.
Psalm 25:18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. [KJV] . . . The psalmist expresses total dependence upon God, and a deep desire for Him. And my dear friend, IF God turns TO us, it makes NO difference who turns from us. With God on our side, we are the majority! Though we are guilty before God, yet He in His mercy, forgives our sin!  We should humbly ask God to teach us how to pray, how to appear before Him in the way which He wants. We should learn to lift up our whole hearts to God.

Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.  [KJV] . . . We often wish we could escape our many troubles: pain, grief, loss, sorrow, failure, persecution, and the daily frustrations that wear us down. But praise God, He promises to “never leave nor forsake” (Heb.13:5), to be our source of comfort, power, courage and wisdom, and help us through our problems. Sometimes He chooses NOT to deliver us from those problems immediately. When trouble comes, don’t get discouraged or frustrated with God, but instead, be patient and admit that you need God’s help and thank Him for being by your side.

Psalm 44:24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?  [KJV] . . . Nothing can separate us from God’s love, not even death (Romans 8:36-39). When you fear for your life, ask God for deliverance, and remember that even death cannot separate you from Him. The psalmist did not believe God had left him, but maybe he thought God was asleep, and the psalmist wondered why. In the New Testament, the disciples wondered why Jesus was asleep when they needed His help during a storm (Mark 4:35-41). In both cases, God was ready to help, but He wanted faith from His followers. In afflictions, we must not seek relief by submitting to sin; but we should constantly meditate on the truth, purity and knowledge of God. Heart and secret sins are known to God, and will be accounted for. He knows the secrets of our hearts, and because of this, He can rightly judge our words and actions.

Psalm 88:9 Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.  [KJV] . . . Righteous men will be afflicted, and gloomy thoughts may crowd their minds. Their eyes may be red from weeping, they may wonder: “Why me Lord?” Dreary conclusions may be in their thoughts about their end, because of the power of depression and the weakness of their faith. We need to call out to God, and stretch out our hands to Him daily! He will hear us, and answer us!

Psalm 106:44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:  [KJV] . . . This is a beautiful picture of God’s great love for His people who deserve only judgment. We are so fortunate, for God’s compassion and mercy toward us is not limited to our faithfulness to Him. God was merciful to us in sending His Son to die for our sins. If He did this while we were still slaves to sin, how much more merciful will He be toward us when we turn to Jesus and become His children? But there must be deep repentance on our part. There can be no possibility of continuing on in our sin. We must forsake our sin, and when we do, God will indeed hear our cry!

Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me. [KJV] . . . All those that take God’s promises to heart, may with humble boldness, make them their request. God’s Word speaks to us and comforts us in our affliction. With God’s grace, we can withstand anything that comes along, for His grace is always sufficient for us (2 Cor.12:9). Only God’s Word can make us truly alive, both here and now, and in eternity!

Psalm 119:92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. [KJV] . . . God’s Word is forever settled in Heaven (verse 89), but is far from it here on Earth. The Bible is a pleasant and comforting companion at any and all times! The psalmist sees the fullness of the Word of God, and its sufficiency. The Word of the Lord reaches to all cases, at all times! It makes us see we should have no confidence in ourselves, or in our own wisdom, in our own strength, or in any of our righteousness. It plainly shows us we must seek comfort and happiness in Christ alone, for without Him we shall most certainly perish!

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (KJV) . . . Great words from the prophet!

Psalm 119:153 Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.  [KJV] . . . The closer we cling to the Word of God, the more assurance we have. Christ is our Redeemer and our Advocate. Those who are quickened (made alive) by His Spirit and grace, receive God’s tender mercies in times of affliction. God’s mercies are like a fountain that can never be quenched; always there for His children. 

Psalm 27:9-10 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. [10] When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.  [KJV] . . . The psalmist asks the Lord for the continuing of His Presence with him; and the benefit of God’s Divine guidance and Divine protection. God seems to step in to help those that trust Him when all other helpers fail. He is a surer and better Friend than our earthly parents are, or could possibly be. IF (should) our parents forsake us; God will be there!  David truly believed that he would see the goodness of the Lord. There is nothing like the hope of eternal life, and looking forward to that glory, to keep us from falling down under all our calamities. For now, God can give us strength to bear up under our burdens. Keep your eyes on Jesus, and pray in faith. We must encourage each other to wait on the Lord with patient expectation, and earnest and sincere prayer.

Psalm 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.  [KJV] . . . Anger and worry (fretting) are two very destructive emotions. They show a lack of faith (doubt) that God loves us and doubt that He is in control. We as God’s children should not worry but trust in God, turning ourselves over to Him for His use and safekeeping. Dwelling on your problems will make you anxious and angry. We can find peace only if we concentrate on God and His goodness. An irritable, unhappy spirit is open to many temptations. Trust God instead!

GOD WILL NOT FORSAKE US!

Psalm 38:21 Forsake me not, O Lord: O my God, be not far from me.  [KJV] . . . The less we notice the unkindness and injuries done to us, the more peace and quiet we have within us.
We must never feel that God has deserted us, for the Lord always hastens to help those who trust in Him.  God is never far from us, He will never forsake us!

Psalm 71:9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.  [KJV] . . . We, like David should NEVER be ashamed of depending on God no matter how old we are. God’s gracious care provides for us from our birth and infancy, on through our old age; even to death! We should not expect ease or comfort from the world. Those who love the Lord, are quite often hated and persecuted for their stand for Jesus. People question and scorn them for their principles and conduct; but God is our Refuge. The faithful servants of God may be assured that He will not forsake them in old age, nor when their strength fails. God cares for us, and is there always!

Psalm 119:53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.  [KJV] . . . God, by His Spirit works faith in us. God’s judgments of old, comfort and encourage us, for He is still the same. Sin is horrible in the eyes of God, and all that are sanctified (set apart as His children). We need to remember the Name of the Lord, and hold fast to His law. All who will do this, gain nearness to God. But woe be to those unbelievers who forsake, curse and blaspheme God and His law.

Psalm 138:8 The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. [KJV] . . . Only God knows what is best for us and He alone can fulfill His purpose for us. As you make plans for the future, talk to God about them. The Lord is high, yet He has respect for every lowly, humbled sinner; but the proud and unbelieving will be banished FAR from His blissful Presence forever (2 Thes.1:8-9). We must give God the glory for His mercy, and we must hold tight and treasure the comfort He provides! Whatever good there is in us, it is God who puts it there! The Lord will never forsake those whom He has created anew in Christ Jesus.

Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:  [KJV] . . . Our actions speak louder than our words, especially in our homes. Children learn values, morals and priorities by watching how their parents act and react every day. If parents show a deep reverence for and dependence upon God, children will do the same. But in today’s times, more and more people are living without God. Parents are responsible for teaching their children about God. Let them see your reverence for God. Teach them right living by giving worship an important place in your family life and by reading the Bible together. Children are reasonable; when we tell them what to do, let us explain why it should be that way.

FAITH

Psalm 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. [KJV] . . . God’s mercy should be the foundation of our hope and our joy. We should learn to pray, not only for ourselves but for others as well. God’s grace is with all those that love Christ in sincerity (Eph. 6:24). The Divine blessing of God comes down upon us through Christ Jesus, the Righteous and Just One, the Perfect Saviour, and the Fountain of Blessings to all believers.

Psalm 9:9-10 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. [10] And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. [KJV] . . . To praise God acceptably, we must praise Him sincerely, with our whole heart. Instead of thanking Him for one particular mercy, we should thank Him for ALL His mercies! Our joy should be more in the Giver, rather than the gift He has given. The victories of the Redeemer ought to be our victories! His children may flee to Him (by faith), as our Refuge, and we may depend on His power and promise for our safety.  If we truly know God, we know He is true and faithful. We will rejoice in His Word and rest on that. If we know God to be our everlasting Father, we will trust Him with our souls, now and forever more.

Psalm 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. [KJV] . . . Faith in God is NOT a crutch for weak people, but instead, a shield to protect us when we are too weak to face difficult problems by ourselves. He comforts, strengthens, protects, and guides us to help us through, because of our faith!

Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy. [KJV] . . . When faced with harsh realities of life, we must focus on God’s wise judgments. We should plead for God’s watchful care and protection. In any time of crisis, we can place our hope in God.

Psalm 34:22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.  [KJV] . . . When we are in any distress, we should consistently cry out to God. And we should have constant comfort, knowing that He hears us. None of God’s children will ever be deserted by God. The only ones who will be “desolate” are those who reject and forsake God.

Psalm 36:7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. [KJV] . . . God is faithful, righteous, and just. His never ending love reaches to the heavens; His faithfulness reaches to the skies; His righteousness is as solid as mighty mountains; and His judgments are full of wisdom. God loves all those who believe and have faith in Him. He will care for us for eternity. His children are safe and secure under the “shadow of His wings.” This reminds me of a mother hen guarding her chicks. The chicks put their trust in the hen, as we should do with God.

Psalm 40:4 Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. [KJV] . . . Doubts and fears are a horrible pit of quicksand. God’s power is always enough help the most weak and frail child of God, and His amazing grace is always sufficient to help the most unworthy sinner (if we trust Him). Christ is the Rock on which we can stand fast. If we have steadfast hope, we will walk and live in a pleasing manner to God. We have so many benefits and blessings available to us to help us in our daily life, that unbelievers do not and cannot have.

Psalm 64:10 The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory. [KJV] . . . God’s children should always “be glad in the Lord,” for He is good! We should rejoice in Christ! We should never cease praising Him for what He has done for us, and continues to do.

Psalm 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.  [KJV] . . . The Word of God is the believer’s comfort in this evil world. Whenever we turn to it, we feel the Presence of the living God. It is, to our soul, like the nest is to the bird. How can we possibly say that God’s Divine ordinances are wearisome? If we press onward in our Christian path, we shall see that God gives us grace to survive even the most difficult times. And if we grow in grace, we shall one day be perfect in glory.

Psalm 147:11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.  [KJV] . . . When we use our skills with no consideration for God, they are worth very little. It is our reverence, love, loyalty and trust that God wants. When He has those, He will use us, (our skills and strengths) in far greater ways than we could ever imagine.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  [KJV] . . . ‘Leaning’ has the thought of putting your weight on something, resting on and trusting in that person or thing. We must trust God completely in every choice we make. We must not be wise in our own eyes. We should always be willing to listen, and be corrected by
God’s Word. If you have a decision to make, take it to God in prayer; use God’s Word to guide you; and follow God’s leading. He shall rightly direct your paths, if you allow Him to do so. 

Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. [KJV] . . . Those who fear the Lord, obey and serve him, have great confidence in Him, and have a place to go for refuge when things get us down. If we seek this Fountain of Life, we shall escape the snares of death.

Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe. [KJV] . . . Many today are ashamed to own Christ! It is so sad, for He will not own them in the Day of Judgment. But if we trust the Lord, we will be saved. Fear of people can hinder everything you do. But by contrast, fear of God: respect, reverence, love, trust and loyalty, will liberate you!

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.  [KJV] . . . Every Word of God is pure and untarnished and right! God never lies! If we believe (FAITH) He will be a shield to us, against all the fiery darts Satan hurls at us.

FEAR, REVERENCE, RESPECT

Psalm 2:11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. [KJV] . . . Because of the uncertainty of things in this world, we must rejoice with trembling. To reverence (fear) and welcome Christ Jesus into our heart, and to submit to Him, and serve Him is ultimate wisdom.

Psalm 19:9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.  [KJV] . . . Our reverence for the Lord must be pure, lasting forever. And God’s laws are road maps and lights for our path, rather than chains on our hands and feet. They point to danger and warn us. For this we need to reverence Him; hold Him in a place of awe and respect!

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.  [KJV] . . . God confides in those who fear Him. God offers an intimate and lasting friendship to all those who reverence Him, to those who hold Him in highest honor and respect. What other relationship could you ever compare to the one with our Almighty Creator, who could we possibly have that would be a better Friend? This friendship with God will grow and strengthen as you reverence Him.

Psalm 27:1 A Psalm of David. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  [KJV] . . . God is our “light” in that He is holy and pure! God is our “salvation” because He is love, sending His only begotten Son to save our souls (John 3:15-18). God is the “strength of my life” in that He empowers us in our daily life with all our struggles. Why should we fear or be afraid of anyone or anything?

Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! [KJV] . . . We should not yield to impatience or depression under our troubles, but instead our thoughts should be on the goodness of the Lord; and the unexcelled Gift He offers, that of His only begotten Son, as atonement for our sins. Let unbelief and doubts be cast far from us. Ask God to forgive our complaints and fears and increase our faith, patience, love, and gratitude. We should rejoice always in His goodness!

Psalm 33:8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. [KJV] . . . God is the Lord of Creation, the Almighty God. Because He is all-powerful and all-wise, we should reverence Him in all that we do.

Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; [KJV] . . . We must focus on the wise judgments of God. In times of crisis, we can place our hope in God’s watchful care and protection.

Psalm 34:7 The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. [KJV] . . . God’s holy angels minister to the saints, and stand up for us against the powers of darkness.

Psalm 34:9 O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. [KJV] . . .  To fear the Lord means to show deep respect and honor to Him. True reverence is shown by our humble attitude, genuine praise and worship.

Psalm 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. [KJV] . . . Doubts and fears about eternity are a terrible setback. God’s power can help the weakest soul, and give enough grace to help the most unworthy of all that put their trust in Him.

Psalm 66:16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. [KJV] . . . We should tell all those that fear God what He has done for our souls; how He has heard and answered our prayers.

Psalm 90:11 Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. [KJV] . . . Our sins cause God’s anger. What we consider ‘secret sins’ are known to God, and shall be accounted for. We should stand in awe of this fact. The angels that sinned know the power of God’s anger; sinners (unbelievers) in Hades know it; but who can fully describe it? So very few ever seriously consider God’s anger as they should. Those who mock sin and Hell, and make light of Christ Jesus, surely do not know the power of God’s anger, but one day they will find out!

Psalm 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. [KJV] . . . God has always been full of mercy. Some people take every chance to lecture, they never know when to stop, they hold grudges. Aren’t we glad God isn’t like that?

Psalm 103:13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.  [KJV] . . . God pities His children that are weak in knowledge and He teaches them; He pities them when they disobey and He tolerates them; He pities them when they are sick and He comforts them; He pities them when they fall and He picks them up; He pities them when they have offended Him, and when they repent, He forgives them; He pities them when someone wrongs them, and makes amends. If His children “fear” Him, the Lord has pity on them. He knows how fragile and weak we are, and He knows the foolishness of our souls. Because He knows the little we can do and the little we can bear, He has pity on us!

Psalm 103:17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; [KJV] . . . God’s mercy is better than life itself, for it is eternal, and this life so short! His righteousness, His promises, His mercy and His love shall be passed on to children’s children; all those who walk in the footsteps of their forefathers’ godliness.

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. [KJV] . . . “Wisdom” is knowing God! The only way to become truly wise is to fear (reverence and respect) God. Too often people think they can become wise by life experience and academic knowledge alone. But if we do not admit that God is the Source of wisdom, then we are building on a very shaky foundation, and we are on our way to many mistakes and many wrong decisions.

Psalm 115:11 Ye that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield. [KJV] . . . It is wisdom to trust the living God, for He is our Help and our Shield. If we have a right fear of God, we will have a joyous faith in Him. All who reverence God and His Word, may rely completely upon Him, for He is eternally faithful and true. Our greatest need in life is His blessing!

Psalm 147:11  The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.  [KJV] . . . Man’s knowledge ends; but God’s knowledge never ends and can never be understood. God knows the number of the stars, for He made them! He stoops to hear the prayer of a broken-hearted sinner. If He feeds the young ravens (Ps.147:9; Luke 12:24), He most certainly will not leave His children destitute. God loves us. We should never be in doubt of His mercy and love! God is our hope!

Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. (KJV)  

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. [KJV] . . . A ‘know-it-all’ is someone who has an immovable opinion on every subject, their minds are shut to anything new, they utterly resent any discipline, and they refuse to learn. Solomon says this is a “fool.” We should be open to the advice of others, always eager to learn; especially from those who are more wise and knowledgeable than we are. Learn how to learn from others; but never forget: to fear God is the beginning of all knowledge! Earthly knowledge is plentiful, but Godly wisdom is scarce! Trust God, only He can make you truly wise.

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. [KJV] . . . The greatest enemy to our “fearing the Lord” is pride and self-conceit of our own wisdom.

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. [KJV] . . . The more we fear and respect God, the more we will hate evil. Love for God and love for sin cannot live together. We must make a clean break with sin and submit ourselves completely to God.

Psalm 46:2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; [KJV] . . . Fear of mountains and/or cities suddenly crumbling into the sea because of a nuclear war troubles many people today. But even if the world ends, we need not fear. Even in the face of total destruction, God’s children should have complete confidence in God’s ability. When we consider the end of the world, fear consumes us; but the Bible is clear, God is our eternal Refuge and can certainly provide strength in any circumstance . . . even in the face of total destruction.
Psalm 118:6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?  [KJV] . . . Each time that we receive an answer to our prayers, this is evidence that the Lord is on our side! If then, God is for us, who can be against us? We need not fear what man can do unto us; he can hurt only our body. He CANNOT touch our soul (the true us). Let us tell others of Jesus, and the works of God, and encourage others to turn to Him and trust in Him.

Proverbs 1:27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. (KJV) . . . When calamity comes upon you like a storm, go to the Lord in prayer! Heed His wise advice!

Proverbs 1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. [KJV] . . . Anyone who listens to God, will have security; for He will comfort, give peace, and empower, and keep us from fearing any evil.

GOD’S GOODNESS

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.  [KJV] . . . Past experience teaches believers to trust that God’s goodness and mercy will follow them all the days of their lives. Our desire is to serve God here on Earth, with hope in our hearts to enjoy His love for ever in Heaven. Life on Earth can be made pleasant, in spite of grave difficulties, by the anointing and power of the Holy Spirit and the joys of His salvation. 

Psalm 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. [KJV] . . . Something that keeps God’s children going is that we will see the goodness of the Lord, both here in this life, and in eternity! Nothing compares to the ‘hope of eternal life’ (Tit.1:2), the anticipation of that glory, and awaiting all those heavenly pleasures. We would “faint” under all our hardships if we couldn’t look forward to this! God is good!

Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! [KJV] . . . We should not yield to impatience or desperation when we have troubles; instead we should think of the goodness of the Lord towards those who fear and trust Him. The goodness of God comes to all sinners through the wondrous Gift of God’s only-begotten Son, for He redeemed us from  sin and the penalty of sin. Don’t let us yield to unbelief or doubt, or ever think that we are cut off from the mercy and goodness of the Lord.

Psalm 33:5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.  [KJV] . . . God’s Promises are wise and good, His Word is right and true, and the only time we are right is when we agree with this. God loves righteousness and justice, and all His works are all done in truth. The Earth is full of the proof of God’s goodness; what a shame that there are so few to praise and honor Him for who He is and what He does!

Psalm 107:8-9 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! [9] For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.  [KJV] . . . Anyone who realizes they are lost can receive the offer (Gift) of Jesus to satisfy the needs of the soul. Jesus is the Way (John 14:6), Jesus is the Bread from Heaven (John 6:33, 35), Jesus is the Living Water (John 4:10-14), and Jesus is the Giver of rest (Matthew 11:28-30). Have you received His life-giving offer? Have you received His goodness?

Psalm 107:15 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!  [KJV] . . . Sinners who are awakened by the Holy Spirit realize their guilt and misery. We struggle in vain for deliverance but there is no help for us without Jesus. Only in the mercy and grace of God through Jesus Christ, can our sin ever be forgiven. And with this pardon, we are also delivered from the power of sin and Satan, from God’s wrath and the penalty of sin (eternal Hell). And the comforting circumstance; the Holy Spirit comes to abide within us helping us to live a life pleasing to God. Thank You Jesus!

GOD’S GREATNESS

Psalm 36:6 Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.  [KJV] . . . In direct contrast to evil people and their wicked schemes; God is pure, faithful, righteous and just. His love reaches to the heavens; His faithfulness reaches to the skies; His righteousness is as solid as the majestic mountains; and His judgments are always full of wisdom. 

Psalm 47:2 For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth. (KJV) . . . The Almighty Lord is awesome. He is the great King of all the earth. His tremendous power and majesty makes Him universal and absolute in His sovereignty. If it were not for His Son justifying us in the eyes of God, think how terrible it would be for us! But because of Jesus, we can exhibit confidence and joy, and encourage each other while serving Him. Let sinners (unbelievers) submit to His authority, and accept His salvation before it’s too late!

Psalm 57:10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. [KJV] . . . When God moves toward us with His abundant mercy, let us all meet Him with our praises. David wanted others to join him in praising God; and in his psalms, he praises God over and over again. Our hearts should be like David’s heart, standing bold and firm in our praise of God and His boundless mercy and unfailing love and faithfulness. We should joyously glorify God with body, soul and spirit. Let us earnestly pray that the blessings of the Gospel reach every land, and the lost ones will find Jesus.

Psalm 71:19-21 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. [KJV] . . . The righteousness of Christ, and salvation that comes through Him should be told every day of our lives, as long as we live; not just in sincere devotion but always, all the day long. WHY?  Because it is absolutely impossible to measure the value of these blessings. Jesus’ righteousness cannot be put into words, and His salvation is eternal. God strengthens the souls of His people. We are indebted to Him to tell of the Truth of God’s Promises; especially the everlasting righteousness of the Redeemer. The work of redemption should be highly praised. The Lamb that was slain, and has redeemed us to God, is worthy of all our reverence and praise!
Psalm 86:10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone. [KJV] . . .
The God of the Bible is exceptional and unique, one of a kind! There is NONE like Him anywhere in this Universe! He is alive and He is able to do mighty things for those who love Him. The Lord alone is “worthy. . . to receive glory and honor and power” (Rev. 4:11). There are many ‘gods’ in the world today but NONE of them are worthy of your praise, only God!

Psalm 86:13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell. [KJV] . . . Christ Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). The believing soul desires to be taught the way and the truth about eternal life. Only Jesus can save you from Hell!

Psalm 92:5 O Lord, how great are thy works! And thy thoughts are very deep. [KJV] . . . It is indeed a privilege and honor that we are permitted access to such an awesome God (Rom.5:1-2). It can happen only through faith in Jesus. We should praise the Lord, morning, noon and night; not only on Sunday, but every day; not only in public, but in private, and in our families.

Psalm 95:3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. [KJV] . . . The Lord is to be praised. How great is our God, whose Presence fills the whole Earth.

Psalm 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. [KJV] . . . By His ways we can understand His laws, and the way He wants us to walk. He is full of love and mercy which He shows to His children daily.

Psalm 104:1-3 Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. [2] Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: [3] Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind: [KJV] . . . God’s Creation deserves the praise of all people. Every single thing we see calls on us to praise the Lord. His eternal power and Godhead are clearly shown by all the things He has made. His clothing is honor and magnificence. God is light, and in Him is no darkness whatsoever. The Lord Jesus, the Son of His love, is the Light of the world. His dwelling Place is high above the rain clouds. The clouds are like His chariot. He rides on the wind. He is absolutely awesome! This is a wonderful psalm of nature; a song to God because He is the Creator! How blessed we are!

Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. [KJV] . . . Because God’s understanding has no limit, He understands us completely. If you feel troubled and don’t understand yourself or things that are happening around you, remember that God understands everything perfectly. Take your mind off yourself and your problems and focus on God. The more you learn about God and His ways, the more you will understand yourself.

God’s Knowledge

Psalm 1:6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. [KJV] . . . The ungodly are the exact opposite of the righteous, both in character and condition. The ungodly are led by the devil, on the broad road of sinners that leads to Hell. They hate the Law of God; they produce only fruit that is evil. The righteous are like useful, fruitful trees: the ungodly are like worthless chaff that the wind blows away. They are of no worth in God’s eyes, no matter how highly they may value themselves. They bounce back and forth by every wind of temptation. The chaff may be with the wheat (for a while), but He (the Judge) is coming, and He has in His Hand a fan, and ALL the chaff will be blown away (into Hell), by the whirlwind and fire of God’s Divine wrath. The doom of the ungodly is permanent, but IF and when the sinner recognizes his guilt of sin, he is admitted into the company of the righteous by accepting Christ.

Psalm 33:13-15 The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. [14] From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. [15] He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. [KJV] . . . Every possible thing about our soul, which no one knows but ourselves; God knows better than we do. Our hearts, our times, are all in His Hand. He formed the spirit of each man, so how could He not know us?

Psalm 38:9 Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee. [KJV] . . . Nothing disturbs the heart of a righteous man so much as sensing God’s anger. The way to keep our heart at peace is to keep ourselves in God’s love. Guilt is much too heavy for us to bear; let us ask God to remove it by His pardoning mercy.
Psalm 44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart. [KJV] . . . Secret sins of our hearts are known to God. He knows all the secrets of our hearts, and our thoughts (Eze.11:5), therefore He is capable of judging our words and actions.

Psalm 92:5 O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. [KJV] . . . Through the works of His Divine intervention for us, and of His grace in us, let us be encouraged.

Psalm 94:9-11 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see? [10] He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know? [11] The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. [KJV] . . . God knows all the thoughts of the children of men (Eze.11:5), and knows that the imaginations of those thoughts are evil, continually (Gen.6:5). Even in our ‘good’ thoughts there is vanity. We should keep a strict watch over our thoughts, because God knows them all. Thoughts are words to God.

Psalm 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. [KJV] . . . When God examines us, He remembers our human condition (sometimes we forget). Our weakness should never be used to justify our sin. His mercy takes everything into account. God will deal with you rightly, justly and compassionately. Trust him always.

Psalm 121:3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. KJV] . . . When difficulties and dangers are greatest, comfort yourself in the fact that the Lord never goes to ‘sleep’ on us. His almighty wisdom plans, and His almighty power works, for the safety of those that put themselves under God’s protection.

Psalm 136:5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever. [KJV] . . . His “mercy” saves “whosoever” from sin and its penalty, if they just trust in Him. This mercy, from our awesome Creator, has been from everlasting, and it will endure for ever, to all who are interested in it. The Lord continues to show mercy to all who seek for it; this being the source of all our hope and comfort.

Because this next Psalm includes such
wonders of God, I will include it all.

Psalm 139:1-24 O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. . . . A psychiatrist can’t “know” you until you tell him about yourself.
2  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. . . .
God knows when we sit or stand, He knows our every thought.
3  Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
. . . He knows when I work or am resting.
4  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
. . . He knows what I am going to say before I say it.
5  Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
. . . He is before me and after me, protecting me always.
6  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
. . . I cannot comprehend this awesome God and His ways.
7  Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
. . . There is NO place I could go to get away from Him . . . but WHY would I ever want to?
8  If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
. . . If I go to Heaven, He is there, when I go to the grave, He knows that.
9  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
. . . No matter where I decide to go, He is there.
10  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
. . . His Hand is always there to assist me, no matter where I go.
11  If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
. . . Even the darkest night is light to God.
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. . . .
God sees us in day or night! If we think darkness can hide our sins from Him, think again!
13  For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
. . . God knows us when we are conceived in our mother’s womb, for He has made us.
14  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
. . . The wonderful workmanship of God should always be praised.
15  My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
. . . When my bones were being formed in my mother's womb, when I was growing there in secret, God knew exactly where I was.  
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.
. . . God saw us before we were born. Every day of our lives are recorded in His book.
17  How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! . . . God’s thoughts about us should be very precious.
18  If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
. . . God’s thoughts are like sand on the sea shore, always with us, when go to bed at night or when we wake in the morning, He is still with us.
19  Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
. . . I look to the day when God will destroy all wickedness.
20  For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
. . . The wicked say bad things about God, speaking evil things against Him and His Name.
21  Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? . . . It disturbs my soul that fools rise up against Almighty God.
22  I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
. . . We must hate their wickedness, and count God’s enemies our enemies!
23  Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
. . . Examine me Lord, and know my mind; test me and know my thoughts. The trial of our faith, is much more precious than of gold that perishes (1 Pet.1:7).

24  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting
. (KJV) . . .
We should be grateful when the Holy Spirit points out anything in us that offends the Lord, and that leads us along the path of everlasting life.

God has perfect knowledge of us. All our thoughts and actions are wide open before Him. We are as an open book to God. We should dwell on Divine truths, applying them to our lives, and we should lift our hearts to God in prayer. God knows all things (omniscient); He is everywhere (omnipresent), and He is all powerful (omnipotent). These truths are usually admitted by most, but they are rarely ever rightly believed.
         
There is NO place anywhere in the Universe where we could hide from God. God knows every step we take; every right step and every wrong step. He knows the rules by which we walk, where we are headed, and what company we keep, be it good or bad. He knows what is in our heart. There is not a vain word nor a good word spoken, that He does not know from where that thought came, and what motive was behind it. Wherever we are, we are under the eye and hand of God. We cannot by searching find out how God searches us out; nor do we know how we are known. This should restrain us from sin.

Psalm 147:4-5 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. [5] Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. [KJV] . . . God’s knowledge is something we can never understand! He knows the number of the stars (for He made them), He lowers Himself to hear the broken-hearted sinner. He feeds the ravens, so He will not leave His praying children needy. Clouds can look dull and depressing, but we must have them to have rain that produces fruit. Our troubles can look black and looming; but from clouds of affliction can come showers of blessings that give our soul peace and joy.

Proverbs 5:21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings. [KJV] . . . Secret sins may escape the eyes of those around us, but all our ways are open to the eyes of the Lord. Those who are so foolish as to choose the way of sin, go on in the broad way to eternal destruction (Hell).

Proverbs 15:3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. [KJV] . . . Secret sins, actions and sorrows, are under God’s watchful eye. This speaks comfort to saints, and terror to sinners.

Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts. [KJV] . . . We are ONLY partial when we judge ourselves and our actions. God looks behind our excuses to the motives of our heart. We often have to make choices in areas where the right action is difficult to discern. Ask yourself: “Would God be pleased with my real reasons for doing this?” God is not pleased when we do good deeds only to receive something in return.

GOD’S GRACE

Psalm 94:17-19 Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. [18] When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up. [19] In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul. [KJV] . . . We should ALWAYS look to the great and precious Promises of God’s Word. This world’s comforts give very little pleasure to our soul; but God’s comforts bring great inner peace and joy, with which the world cannot begin to compare. God is our Refuge; and to Him we can go, for in Him we are safe and secure. His unfailing grace is there to grab us when we slip; giving us comfort and encouragement and hope. But God will justly deal with the wicked who hate and reject Him and all His goodness.
 
Psalm 138:3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.  [KJV] . . . Only God can give strength to our souls, that we may bear our burdens and resist temptations. His strength also keeps hold of us by increasing our faith (Luke 17:5), that we may have patience for whatever trial that besets us. When we ask God for protection, strength, comfort, patience, love, forgiveness or other special needs, and He supplies them, do we thank Him as we ought? We should be careful of taking God’s provision and answered prayer for granted. Praise and thanksgiving should always be in our hearts and on our lips.

Psalm 143:11 Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble. [KJV] . . . We should pray that we may be illuminated by knowing God’s will. We should not ask for an easy path with pleasant walking, but instead the right path with God’s grace to help us endure all things. We should not only ask that God show us what His will is, but teach us how to do it. If we are God’s children, we have His Spirit to guide us.

GOD’S LOVE
 

Psalm 42:8 Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. [KJV] . . . If you want to forget your miseries; remember God’s mercies. Troubles in our life are allowed by God, but the Lord has control over them all. God’s Divine love is like a fountain of fresh cool water in the middle of a parched desert. One word from Him will calm every storm, turn darkness to light, and the most bitter complaint into joyful praise. Our believing and expecting His love and mercy should inspire our prayers for it. Faith conquers all; and when we trust in the Name of the Lord we can stand firm, and we can have victory over all our griefs, fears and sorrows. Let us remember that the God of our life, and the Rock of our salvation, will never forget us nor forsake us; if we have made His love, mercy, truth, and power, our refuge.

Psalm 63:3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. [KJV] . . . Even in our worst troubles, we should praise God. WHY? Because by them we are strengthened, learn patience, have a deeper love for God (Rom.8:28). When we think in this way, we value the loving-kindness of God more than life. God the Father is the Father of our soul; and His loving-kindness is our spiritual life, and that is far better than this temporary life on Earth. If we praise God with a joyful heart and lips, all our sorrow and sighing will flee away!

Psalm 89:33 Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. [KJV] . . . As the sun and moon keep their places in the heavens, so God is faithful. We may be unfaithful, and turn our tails and run; but God’s loving-kindness will always be faithful and true and never, ever fail us.

Psalm 146:8 The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous: [KJV] . . . God wants us to place our confidence in Him. We must have faith that He will provide all that we need for this life, and in the life to come. The God of Heaven became a Man that He might become our Salvation. Although He died on the Cross for our sins, and was laid in the grave, His love for us did not perish; He rose again to fulfill that love. When Christ was on Earth, His miracles were just illustrations of what He is still doing . . . every day! He delivers captives bound in the chains of sin and Satan. He opens the eyes of the spiritually blind, giving them understanding. He feeds with the Bread of
Life those who hunger for salvation; He is the consistent Friend of the “poor in spirit” (humble ones who know they need Christ), He is a Helper to the helpless. With Him poor sinners find love and mercy. Let us flee to Him; rejoicing in Him day after day.
Proverbs 15:9 The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness. [KJV] . . . God hates the sacrifices, thoughts and ways of the wicked (unbelievers). But He loves those who follow after righteousness. Christ Jesus is righteousness! We must follow after Him! And it is Christ who has been made unto us righteousness. 1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: [KJV] . . . Unbelievers think they can attain Heaven without Christ, without Christ’s atonement, or without holy obedience to Him. Christ is made of God to us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption (all we will ever need or want). From His treasure chest, full of wisdom and knowledge, we may receive all that will make us wise unto salvation, and equip us for every service to which we are called in this life. God is the source of and the reason for our personal relationship with Christ. We NEED Christ!

HEAVEN

Psalm 2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. [KJV] . . . God laughs at our confused thoughts about power. God is all-powerful, but pride and power causes nations and leaders to rebel against God and try to break free of Him. Our world has many leaders who boast of their power, who rant and rave against God and His people. God laughs because all power comes from Him. He gives it, and my friend, He can take it away! 
Psalm 11:4 The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. [KJV] . . . When the very foundations of the Earth shake, and you wish there were some place you could hide; remember . . . God is in control! His power is not lessened by any turn of events. Nothing happens without his knowledge and permission. When you feel like running away, run TO God.

Psalm 33:13 The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. [KJV] . . . All the thoughts and actions of mankind are known by God, as He looks down from Heaven upon us.  All our powers depend upon Him; and we are of no account, no avail without Him. If we keep God’s favor sure towards us, then we should not fear anything that is against us. We should give Him the praise and glory of His special care.

Psalm 102:19 For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the Lord behold the earth. [KJV] . . . God is an everlasting God, the protector of His children. We may be assured that God will not neglect His own. God looks down on us from Heaven.

Psalm 113:5 Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high, [KJV] . . . We must with holy admiration say: “Who is like unto the Lord our God?” He condescends to look down from Heaven, at the things in the Earth! How great is His love that He took upon Himself the nature of man, to ransom our guilty souls! There is none other like the Lord, our God!

Psalm 123:1 Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. [KJV] . . . In our every prayer, we lift up our eyes to God; more so, we lift up our very soul to Him!  When we are in trouble, we desire, and expect mercy from Him. To God we must look for our daily bread, and for grace that will be sufficient in our trials and troubles. And when He gives it, we should receive it thankfully. Where can we look for help, but to our God in Heaven?

Psalm 135:6  Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. [KJV] . . . God is, and will be always, the same to His people; loving, gracious, faithful, and wonder-working! And we must remain to Him, a thankful, praising people; for He is God of the entire Universe. His Name endures for ever, and His address is always the same: Heaven!

HUMILITY, MEEKNESS

Psalm 10:17 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: [KJV] . . . God hears the cries of the humble ones. He does hear the prayers of His children, and He does answer!

Psalm 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. [KJV] . . . If you find yourself pulled in several directions, remember that God will guide and direct those that are humble, those who desire to be taught and want to follow His Divine guidance. They will find rest for their souls in the Saviour. Even though our body may be sick, or in pain, our soul can be at peace and rest, in Christ.

Psalm 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. [KJV] . . . God’s wars and the world’s wars are opposite extremes. God’s wars must be carried out with calm faith, humility before God, and hope in His deliverance. God provides abundantly and well, for His humble servants. We have something that is much better than earthly wealth and pleasures; that being peace of mind, peace with God, and peace in God; which no one can take away from us. This peace the world cannot give, and the world cannot have, for it comes only through Jesus!

Psalm 138:6 Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. [KJV] . . . Though the Lord is the highest and the greatest of ALL, yet He still has respect to every lowly, humbled sinner. But the proud and unbelieving will be exiled far from His blissful Presence. God’s Divine consolations will revive us when we walk in the middle of our troubles, and He will never forsake those whom He has created anew in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 147:6 The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. [KJV] . . . Praising God lifts us up. But only the meek and lowly will ever consent to praising Almighty God. God gathers sinners by His grace, bringing them into His holy family, and eventually into His Home in Heaven; whereas the wicked (unbelievers) He will utterly cast down, to the depths of Hell!

Psalm 149:4 For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. [KJV] . . .  While the Lord has made His children to feel their wants and unworthiness, He will crown them with the marvelous graces of His Spirit, and we will rejoice in His happiness for ever. We should rejoice always, even in death, assured that we are going to eternal rest and glory.

Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. [KJV] . . .  Divine favor is shown to the humble believer, but everlasting contempt will be what those who scorn God receive.

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise. [KJV] . . . A “fool” is an unbeliever, one who refuses God’s wisdom from above. “Fools” have but one law: to do what is right in their own eyes, to get as much pleasure as they can from life, no matter how they get it.

Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility. [KJV] . . . The fear of the Lord will cause us to search the Scriptures with reverence, and to follow the leadings of the Holy Spirit. In meekness we should place all our dependence on the grace of God.

Proverbs 27:2 Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips. [KJV] . . . Enough said!

PEACE

Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. [KJV] . . . Most people think that peace should come to us with no effort. But David states that we are to seek and pursue peace. Paul tells us the same in: Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. (KJV) . . . Anyone who wants peace cannot be controversial and quarrelsome. Peaceful relationships can come only from our efforts to keep peace. We must work hard to live in peace with others each day.

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!  [KJV] . . . Living in unity does not mean that everybody will agree on everything all the time. But we must agree on our purpose in life . . . to work together for God. Our outward expression of unity will reflect our inward love for each other. Peace is one of the fruits of the Spirit, and is proof of our union with Christ.

Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy. [KJV] . . . Deceit and falsehood come straight from the devil! But those who are of God, should consider the peace, joy and happiness of others.

Proverbs 16:7 When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. [KJV] . . . Sometimes we do some crazy things to win the approval of men. But God tells us we should please Him instead. If we are at peace with God, we will automatically be at peace with those around us; simply because we strive for peace. But if it doesn’t work out that way, we haven’t lost anything, for we are still pleasing God, and He is truly the One who counts!

Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife. [KJV] . . . Love and peace within a family is much needed for the comfort of human life.

Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with. [KJV] . . . There is danger in the beginning of a disagreement! We should have the wisdom to resist it at its earliest display. Leave it, if possible, before you even begin.

Proverbs 20:3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. [KJV] . . . Foolish people can’t seem to avoid strife, where as those with wisdom can. To give in to quarrels is foolishness! A characteristic that a Christian should possess is that they do not prolong pressure and discord. If you must “get even” with somebody, don’t do it to someone who has hurt you, but instead, to someone who has done something ‘nice’ for you. Simply put, repay good . . . with good! But God tells us that vengeance is HIS (Rom.12:19), so a Christian should never repay evil with evil!

PRAYER

Psalm 27:8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. [KJV] . . . No matter where the believer is, he can access God’s throne of grace by prayer. Prayer is simply our ‘talking to God.’ So how does God ‘talk’ to us? By His Spirit, by His Word, by worship, by hymns, through other people, and by special Divine intervention (both merciful and afflicting). God’s call is general, “Seek ye my face;” but we must apply it to ourselves, “I will seek it.” God’s Word does us no good at all unless we do as it tells us! A gracious heart quickly and willingly answers the call of a gracious God. We should request the blessings of the Lord; His continual Presence with us; His Divine guidance, His Divine providing for us, and His Divine protection. God will help those that trust Him, even when all others fail. Daily we see the goodness of the Lord. Nothing can compare to the believing hope of eternal life, the anticipation of that glory, and expectation of those pleasures that will one day be ours, through Jesus!

Psalm 105:3-4 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. [4] Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore. [KJV] . . . Search for the Lord and His strength, and keep on searching! If God seems far away, don’t give up! It is because of sin or your turning from Him! God didn’t go anywhere! YOU did! Be persistent in your search for Him. God rewards all those who truly look for Him (Hebrews 11:6). Jesus promised, “Seek and you will find” (Matthew 7:7). There is a really good way to find God; and that is to go to His Word and see how He has helped His people in the past. In searching, you will discover a loving God who is waiting for you! Seek His strength, His grace, and His Spirit to guide and work in you. God will reward those that diligently seek Him.

Psalm 145:18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. [KJV] . . . God is always ready to hear and answer the prayers of His children. He is present every where; but He is close to His children in a special way, where He is not to unbelievers. He dwells in our hearts by faith, and we dwell in Him! He is always close by!

Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. [KJV] . . . Someone could donate a million dollars to a church, or do wonderful deeds; but unless that person is a believer in Christ Jesus, God considers them “wicked,” and He absolutely despises their sacrifice. But, the simple, humble prayer of His children is an absolute delight to God.

Psalm 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. [KJV] . . . To forsake someone is to abandon that person. God will never forsake those who seek Him. God’s Promise does not mean that if we trust in Him we will escape all loss or suffering; for if that were the case, we would seek God only to deliver us from our trouble, pain, sorrow, etc. We should “seek” God in ALL things, because we love Him. God Himself will never leave us no matter what we face. He is the Father of our soul, and He will always protect our soul from every disaster.  He does allow trials and temptations to come to our bodies; but He does give us comfort and strength to get through our problems.

Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. [KJV] . . . When true believers are in any distress, they cry out to God, and they know that He hears them and that He will answer.

Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. [KJV] . . . The righteous are humbled because of sin, and are low in their own eyes. God’s children must possess a repentant heart, we must cast off every self-confidence. No matter what kind of troubles come upon us, nothing can ever hurt our souls, for God shall keep us. No man is ever desolate; only the one who rejects Jesus, and whom God has forsaken.

Psalm 37:4-5 Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. [5] Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. [KJV] . . . To “delight” in someone means you experience great pleasure and joy in his or her presence. This can happen only when we know that person very well. So, if we are to “delight in the Lord,” we must really get to know Him! The more we know about God and His love and mercy; the more we can delight in Him! To “commit” our way to the Lord means to entrust everything to Him: our lives, families, jobs, possessions, etc. We must give it all over to His control and guidance. To commit ourselves to the Lord means we must trust Him completely! We must believe that He can take care of us much better than we can ourselves; and knowing this, we should be willing to wait patiently for Him to work out what is best for us. (Rom. 8:28).
Psalm 38:15 For in thee, O Lord, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God. [KJV] . . . The TRUE believer’s troubles always benefit them, for he learns to wait and hope in God, and not seek relief from the world or himself. If we always set God before us, we will not fall. If we are truly sorry for sin, this opens God’s heart to us. “Be not far from me.” The Lord hastens to help those who trust in Him.

Psalm 55:16-17 As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. [17] Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. [KJV] . . . No matter what our problem, no matter what time of day or night; if we call upon the Lord,  He will help us. He hears us, and He does not complain about us coming too often; in fact, the more often we go, the more welcome we are!

Psalm 86:5-7 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. [6] Give ear, O Lord, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications. [7] In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me. [KJV] . . The best way we can preserve ourselves is to turn ourselves over to God and let Him keep us. What a privilege and honor it is to be able to access the throne of God, through Jesus (Romans 5:1-2). We are encouraged when we pray, when we feel the wondrous grace of God. We may expect love, comfort, mercy, and forgiveness from God, but only when we keep up our fellowship with God. God’s awesome goodness is displayed in two ways: in His giving and His forgiving. No matter what others do, let us always commit ourselves to God, and always call upon God; and by so doing, we shall never seek Him in vain!

Psalm 145:18-19 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. [19] He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. [KJV] . . . God satisfies the needs (not wants) of every living thing. He couldn’t satisfy the wants of everyone, for there are some very unreasonable people who are never satisfied, no matter what they have! Many of God’s children, who have been ready to fall into sin, or fell into despair, have tasted His goodness in His preventing their falls, or retrieving them by His grace, strength and comforts. God is always ready and willing to hear and answer the prayers of His children. May we love God, and walk in His ways, and may we bless His Holy Name now and for ever.

Proverbs 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; [KJV] . . . Wisdom can be achieved in two ways: a gift from God or searching for it. TRUE wisdom starts with God and His Word. But God gives wisdom only to those who sincerely seek it. Because God’s wisdom is hidden from rebellious and foolish souls, it takes effort to find it and use it. The pathway to wisdom is difficult. But when we seek wisdom, we discover that true wisdom belongs to God, and that He will guide us and reward our sincere and persistent search. If we seek, we shall find; if we ask, it shall be given to us. If we depend completely upon God, and seek Him for wisdom, He enables us to keep on the right paths. 

Proverbs 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. [KJV] . . . Finding wisdom teaches us that we need to “fear” (reverence, respect) the Lord. We must honor, praise, reverence, respect and give glory to Almighty God, our Creator.

Proverbs 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. [KJV] . . . To receive God’s guidance, we must acknowledge Him in all our ways. We must turn over to Him every part of us and our life. Jesus pointed out this same truth. Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (KJV) . . . What do you place first in your life? What is most important to you? Is there some part of your life you are holding back? In what areas have you not acknowledged him? We must trust in the Lord with all our hearts, believing He is able and wise to do what is best for us. He has promised to direct our paths. Only by acknowledging Him will we have peace, joy and eternal life.

Proverbs 15:29 The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. [KJV] . . . If you defy (rebel) and deny God, He will distance Himself from you, and should you ‘pray’ God will not hear you. But to all those who believe God and accept His Son, He is never far away, and will always hear their prayers. The only ‘prayer’ that God will hear from an unbeliever is one of repentance and acceptance of Jesus. And if you pray such a prayer, you no longer are an unbeliever!

REPENTANCE
 

Psalm 22:27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. [KJV] . . .  Let the careless unbelievers take warning; there is a day coming (soon) that every knee shall bow to the Lord Jesus (Is.45:23; Rom.14:11; Phil.2:10). It certainly is not happening now, but my friend, the day is coming! ALL who hate and reject Christ, will tremble before the Lord Jesus. It’s as good as done!

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. [KJV] . . . We often wish we could escape our troubles; the pain of grief, loss, sorrow, and failure; or the insignificant daily frustrations that constantly wear us down. God promises to be “close to the brokenhearted,” to give us power, comfort, courage, and wisdom; to help us through our problems. Sometimes He will remove those problems, but most often He does not. When misfortune comes (and it will), don’t get frustrated with God for allowing it to happen, but instead, admit that you need God’s help and thank Him for being by your side.

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. [KJV] . . . God wants you to have true sorrow in your heart because of the sins in your life. If you do not possess a “contrite” heart (sorrow, repentance, mourning for your sin Mat.5:4; James 4:9), you can never please God by anything you do; no matter how much good you do! Your heart and attitude MUST be right. You must be truly sorry for your sin, and you must honestly intend to stop. God is well pleased with this kind of humility. Your heart must be tender, pliable, and open to receive God’s Word. This type of heart is acceptable to God, and can come only through Christ Jesus; for there is no true repentance without faith in Him. Mankind despises anything which is broken, but God does not.

Psalm 95:7-8 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, [8] Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: [KJV] . . . If we belong to Christ, we will hear and obey His voice! We willingly call Him Lord and Master, and willingly serve Him.  A hard heart is like a rock, no give whatsoever! Israel hardened her heart to God in the Exodus. They were so sure that God couldn’t possibly deliver them. They simply lost all their faith in Him. When a person’s heart becomes hard, they are so stubborn and set in their ways, they cannot turn to God. This doesn’t happen all at once; it results from a succession of choices; each one disregarding God’s will. If you resist God long enough, your heart may become like a rock. The only solution to making that rock-hard heart soft and pliable is Christ Jesus. Meribah means “quarreling,” and Massah means “testing.” This refers to the incident at Rephidim (Exodus 17:1-7) when the Israelites complained to Moses because they had no water (also Numbers 20:1-13). Christ’s voice must be heard to-day. This day of opportunity will not always be here. Hearing the voice of Christ is the same as believing in Him. Hardness of heart is distrust of the Lord. Please do NOT harden your heart to Jesus!

Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. [KJV] . . . He gathers humble sinners by His wondrous grace, and will one day bring them all to Heaven. All God’s children have tremendous blessings: God heals their ‘wounds’ with the comforts of His Spirit, He grants deep inward peace, assuring us our sins are forgiven. He gives joy in the depths of our soul, for we know we will one day be in Heaven. He continually condescends to hear the broken-hearted sinner. What a loving God we have! Don’t harden your heart by turning from Him!

Proverbs 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. [KJV] . . . Ministers of the Gospel go out and invite ‘guests.’ This call is includes everyone (whosoever)! It shuts out NO one, who does not shut themselves out. Our Saviour came to call sinners; not those wise in their own eyes (who say they see but do not). We must keep our distance from the company and foolish pleasures of the ungodly, or we will never enjoy the pleasures of a holy life. It is unwise of us to think we can do these people any good; for we are far more likely to be corrupted by them. We must not only “forsake the foolish,” but we must join those that walk in wisdom.
We must try to ‘invite’ people to come to Jesus, but when you see it is of no use, we must back off. Our duty is simply to tell them of Jesus, it is the Spirit’s job to convict them. We cannot save anyone, all we are required by God to do is to tell!

Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. [KJV] . . . It is human nature to try to hide our sins or make excuses for our mistakes. But if you do not acknowledge your mistakes, how can you learn from them? A mistake is not all bad, for it does teach us something (or it should). Wisdom is to learn from an error; so you first need to admit you made it, confess it, carefully examine it, and make arrangements so that it won’t happen again. Everybody makes mistakes, but only fools keep repeating them. We hate to admit we are wrong, but we must remember, the first step toward forgiveness is confession. It is foolish to indulge in sin, and excuse it, for we shall not have any true peace. If we humbly confess our sins, with true repentance, we shall find God’s mercy.

Riches

Psalm 37:16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. [KJV] . . . If you fret and are discontent, you are wide open to many temptations! A content righteous person that has “little” is much better off than someone who has a wealth of ill-gotten riches. God provides abundantly and well for His children. They have something that is far better than wealth; peace of mind and soul, peace with God, peace in having the burden of sin removed, joy in knowing where they are going when they leave this Earth, complete contentment knowing God will provide all their needs, the wonder of knowing God loves you, etc.  This deep feeling of peace, joy and contentment is something that the world cannot give, and which the world cannot have, without Jesus!  Not one day’s work that we do for Jesus shall go unpaid. Our time on Earth is numbered; but happiness in Heaven shall be forever. This should be a real comfort to all believers in these evil times. ALL those that rest on the Rock of Ages, have no reason to envy the wicked and their many riches and pleasures.

Proverbs 10:2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death. [KJV] . . . Ill-gotten gain has no lasting value, but right living can save you from eternal death. Store up treasures in Heaven (Mat. 6:19-21). 

Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. [KJV] . . . Receiving God’s love and blessings each day is far better than worldly wealth.

Proverbs 11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.  [KJV] . . . “The day of wrath” refers to the time when God settles accounts with all people (Judgment Day). Every person who has ever lived will stand before the Almighty Judge (alone). Everything we have ever done, or said or thought, our motives, our attitudes, we will be held accountable for. If you do not know Jesus for the full pardon of your sins, you will be held accountable for EVERY sin you have ever committed. No amount of riches will buy your way into God’s heart, or reconcile you with God. Only our love for God and our obedience to Him will count. Only what we’ve done for Jesus will stand, all else will be burned up! Only the righteousness of Jesus can save us from eternal death in Hell.

Proverbs 11:28 He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch. [KJV] . . . The TRUE believer is a branch of the Living Vine (Christ). Those who take root in the world wither and die, but those who are grafted into Christ shall live and be fruitful.
Proverbs 13:7 There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches. [KJV] . . . Some people who are poor drive a big luxury car and live in fancy house just to impress others (keeping up with the Joneses). Some people who are really wealthy, are always talking about how ‘poor’ they are, how much things cost, etc. Both are an abomination to God because both are hypocrites! Then there are those God fearing Christians who are spiritually rich, and they use what they have to help others (be it much or be it little).

Proverbs 14:24 The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly. [KJV] “Riches” here is not necessarily material wealth and possessions. There are many people in this world who are extremely ‘rich,’ not in worldly ‘things’ but in spiritual things. Matthew 6:19-21  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: [20] But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: [21] For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. [KJV] . . . Jesus’ words. Those who store up short-lived treasures on Earth are fools!

Proverbs 15:6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble. [KJV] . . . The contrast here is not dealing with material wealth. The “treasures” of God’s children is love, joy, peace, contentment, compassion, and comfort in knowing God is always near, etc. The contrast is with worldly riches of unbelievers which is “trouble,” because they place those riches before God! The wealth of unbelievers only increases their fears and suspicions, empowers their passions, and causes the fear of death to be more distressing.
It is far better to be poor and fear the Lord than to be rich and in trouble. It is far better to eat a bowl of soup with people you love than to eat the finest meat where there is conflict and hate. God’s children, although they may be poor, have inward peace, joy and contentment; and are far better off than a ‘rich’ unbeliever who lives in a house of hatred and stress.

Proverbs 21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death. [KJV] . . . If you accumulate riches in a dishonest way, God will see to it you do not enjoy them. Did you ever consider just how many lonely, miserable, rich men (and women) there are? Money CANNOT buy love, good health, happiness, inner peace, joy in living, etc. ALL the ‘good’ things in life are free! It’s NOT a sin to be rich, but unless you make your money in an honest way and use it to glorify God, you are “seeking death” (eternal death in the agony of Hell), for you place your money ahead of God!

Proverbs 23:4-5 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. [5] Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. [KJV] . . . There is nothing wrong in being rich if your heart is in the right place. Never make money your goal in life. Never make money your god, or God will see to it that your riches fly away!

Proverbs 28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor. [KJV] . . . Ill-gotten gain may increase much, but will not last. There are so many greedy, bloodsucking people today that prey on the elderly and the trusting and unsuspecting. This is sin, and God will judge every wrongful act.
Proverbs 28:22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him. [KJV] . . . If you “hasten to be rich,”. . .  seriously consider just how quickly God could take your wealth and leave you in poverty.

Proverbs 30:8-9 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: [9] Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. [KJV] . . . Agur wisely prayed for a middle of the road position that he might be kept from temptations. There is some similarity between this prayer and parts of the Model prayer where Jesus taught us to pray (Mat.6:9-13). If we have the pardoning love of Christ, and if we walk with Him, then we shall have all that we ask (as for spiritual things). Agur’s prayer is a wise one, although it is rarely offered. “Food convenient;” we may be sure that our heavenly Father will supply all our needs. Should we ask for more?  Having too much can be dangerous, but too, not having enough. Being poor can, in fact, be hazardous to spiritual as well as physical health. On the other hand, being rich will not solve our problems. As Jesus pointed out, rich people have great trouble getting into God’s kingdom (Matthew 19:23-24). Like Paul, we can learn how to live whether we have little or plenty (Phil. 4:12), but our lives are more likely to be effective if we have “neither poverty nor riches.” Trust God always! And Thank Him for what He has given you!

RIGHTEOUSNESS

Psalm 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. [KJV] . . . “Whatever he does prospers” does NOT mean we are immune from failure or difficulties. Neither does it guarantee us health, wealth and happiness. I think that prosperity means that when we apply God’s wisdom, the fruit we bear will be good and receive God’s approval. Just as a tree is nourished by water and bears fruit, we are to be nourished by God’s Word, producing thoughts, actions and attitudes that honor God. To achieve anything worthwhile, we must have God’s Word in our hearts.

Psalm 15:1-5 A Psalm of David. Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? [2] He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. [3] He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. [4] In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. [5] He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved. [KJV] . . . Here is a very serious question concerning the future citizens of Heaven . . . and a very plain answer is given. We must be sincere in our love for God, we must be what we profess to be, and stand content in the will of God. We must love our neighbor as ourselves, and never do them any harm. We must hate all wrongs, evil and fraud. We must not lie, gossip or backbite. We must not steal or extort from, or bribe anyone. The grace of God should always be sufficient for us, any time, any place, any matter.

Psalm 24:3-5 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? [4] He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. [5] He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. [KJV] . . . Christianity is not a ‘religion,’ Christianity is a Person, that being Christ! We must make heart-work of our commitment to Him. We can be cleansed from our sins only by the precious Blood of Christ (1 Pet.1:18-19). This is how we become God’s children (John 1:12-13) and receive blessings from Him. Anyone made fit for Heaven by Jesus, shall be brought safely there.

Psalm 101:3-4 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. [4] A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person. [KJV] . . . There will be NO wicked persons (unbelievers) in Heaven! Rejection of Jesus is condemnation to Hell. (John 3:18, 36; 8:24; Rev.21:7-8, 27; 22:14-15).

Psalm 112:4-8 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. [5] A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. [6] Surely he shall not be moved forever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. [7] He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. [8] His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. [KJV] . . . From love flows both fear (reverence, respect) and trust. Our heart and soul is touched by the Spirit of God. Such wondrous blessings are laid up for the righteous and faithful. True (spiritual) riches are bestowed on them by God. In our darkest hours of affliction, the Light of hope and peace springs up within us. We need not fear any bad news, for our spirit is at peace. We can keep our minds on God; thus keeping calm and untroubled. The peace, joy, contentment and happiness of God’s children is the absolute envy of unbelievers.

Proverbs 12:28 In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.  [KJV] . . . For most people, death is like a dark door at the end of life; a corridor to an unknown and much feared destiny. But for God’s children, death is like a bright, well-lit road to a new and much better life. So, do Christians fear death? I think we may fear the ‘process’ of dying, and fear for loved ones we leave behind. God can help us with those fears by showing us that death is not the end, but just the beginning. Death is not termination. Death is germination.

Resurrection

Psalm 16:9-10 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. [10] For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. [KJV] . . . This is a Messianic Psalm (about Christ). Both Peter and Paul quoted from this Psalm when speaking of Christ’s bodily resurrection (Acts 2:25-28, 31; 13:35-37).
David had great joy. True joy is much more than happiness. We can feel joy even in our worst pain or troubles. Happiness is temporary; it is outward, but joy is lasting, for it comes from God’s Presence within us. As we feel His daily Presence, we find contentment. As we understand the future He has planned for us, we have great joy. Don’t base your life on circumstances, but on God. David knew that God would not leave him in the grave. Many people fear death because they can’t control or understand it. As believers, we can be assured that God will not forget us when we die. He will bring us to life again to live with Him forever. God raised Jesus from the grave; He will also raise us. This provides real security. For more on resurrection, see Job 19:25-26; Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:2, 13; Mark 13:27; 1 Cor. 15:12-58; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; Rev. 20:11-21:4

Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. [KJV] . . . The word “awake” shows that David believed in life after death. Happiness in the other world is prepared only for those that are justified and sanctified (Rom.5); when the body awakes at the resurrection, out of its slumber in the grave. There is no satisfaction for a soul except in God and His grace towards us, and His work in us. But that satisfaction will not be perfected until we reach Heaven in our new glorified bodies, similar to that of Jesus, bodies that will never sin again.

1 Corinthians 15:35-57  But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
36  Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
37  And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
38  But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
39  All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
40  There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
41  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
56   The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ
. (KJV)

Phillipians 3:20-21 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (KJV)

The TRUTH ABOUT SALVATION

How does a person get to Heaven? Some teach that if the good things you do outweigh the bad, God will let you in. That is NOT true! If you believe that, you are headed for Hell (John 3:18, 36; 8:24; 14:6).
   
There is only ONE Way to Heaven according to the Bible. That is faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ. You could NEVER do enough good deeds in 100 life times to permit you access to Heaven. You could NEVER buy your way to Heaven with all the money in the world. You can NEVER perform enough rituals or sacraments no matter what church you belong to. Faith in Christ Jesus is the only way.
   
The Bible tells us we all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Rom.3:23. Since God allows nothing bad or evil to enter Heaven (Rev.21:7-8, 27; 22:14-15), NO unsaved sinner is permitted. We must first believe God, and trust and accept what Jesus did for us on the cross. Only then will the Father credit our account with the righteousness of His Son (1 Cor.1:30; Rom.3:22, 25-26). Only our faith in Jesus can make us right in God’s eyes, just as Abraham’s faith made him right in God’s eyes all those many years ago (Rom. 3:25-26; 4:3,5-6, 9,22; Gal.3:6).
   
We have no righteousness of our own (Isa.64:6), any righteousness we possess must come through faith in Christ (Phil. 3:9; Rom.5:1-2).
   
If you think you can EARN your way to Heaven, if you think you can establish your own righteousness, you are SO wrong! IF you could earn your way to Heaven, then our precious Jesus died for nothing!
Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (KJV) . . . If we could be saved by keeping the law, or by doing good, then there was no need for Christ to die.
   
God is pure and holy. We are vile sinners, and actually we are His enemies (Rom.5:10). God cannot even look at sin. We must be made “right” in His eyes to have fellowship with Him. Only acceptance of Jesus justifies us, gives us access to the Father and makes us His friends (Rom.5:1-10). There is NO other way! Many say that Way is too narrow (Mat.7:13-14). But friend, that Way is wide enough for the whole world if they choose to walk it!
   
Many who seek God are confused about what He wants them to do. False teachers give so many answers to this question. But salvation really is simple. Pleasing God does not come from ANY work we do, but from Whom we believe. You must believe Jesus is Who He claims to be. We must, like Peter believe He is the Christ, the Son of the living God (Mat.16:16).
John 6:28-29 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? [29] Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. (KJV) . . . The only “work” God desires of us is belief! Believe in FAITH!
   
Salvation is a Gift (Rom.6:23; Eph.2:8-9)! It is absolutely FREE to “whosoever.”
John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (KJV) . . . Only Christ Jesus has the one and only KEY to Heaven! IF we believe in Him, we HAVE everlasting life in Heaven (John 5:24). Believe God! Do NOT call Him a “liar (1 John 5:10-12).

What Does it Mean to be Saved?

There are two groups of people: #1. Believers  who are children of God, and #3. Unbelievers who are children of the devil.
1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. (KJV)  . . . The difference between the two groups is super clear! IF you do not do what is right, IF you do not love others, you are not God’s child; yo belong to the devil’s family.

Everyone who is now a child of God was once a child of the devil. Because of Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden (gen.2:16; 3:1-7), their sin was transferred to the entire human race. We ALL are born with a sinful nature (Ps.58:3) from day one! We ALL are sinners (Rom.3:13,23). We ALL need the forgiveness and salvation that only Christ Jesus can offer. NO one is exempt! Until we turn to Christ to save us from the penalty of sin (Hell), and from God’s wrath (Rom.5:1-10), we are doomed to the everlasting destruction in the fires of Hell (Mat.25:410, along with the devil.

Only belief in Jesus, by faith, can bring us forgiveness of our sins, make God our Friend instead of our Enemy, and guarantee us a mansion in Heaven for eternity, thus saving us! Without Jesus, we are walking on that huge wide road that leads to Hell. We need to get on the narrow road that leads to Heaven. WE NEED TO BE SAVED!!!

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