Morning Encouragement, Part 1

Since there is negative noise constantly surrounding me and pounding upon me, and since I am beset with a melancholy personality, I find it necessary to have my go-to verses of Scripture waiting for me as I rise to begin my day. Today I am sharing two of the passages from the Psalms that lift my spirit and orient me rightly before the Lord so that my light may shine and so that I can be useful to the Master in the coming day.

Psalm 9, verses 1-2

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all Your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

COMMENT: The LORD is worthy of all our thanks all the time, for He has delivered us from the pit of destruction and has lifted us up. He has filled our lives with good things and given us so many promises of blessing, now and forevermore. I also need to recount His wonderful deeds, all He has done for me, but also all He has done for all to see. Because He has done so much for me and has allowed me to know Him as my Lord and Savior and Friend, I will be glad in Him. I will rejoice and I will give Him praise with my whole life.

Psalm 18, verses 1-3 of David

I love You, O LORD, my strength.

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.

COMMENT: David erupts in a fountain of praise for the LORD, because the LORD has again proven Himself faithful and has delivered David from his enemies. David has eight word-pictures of the LORD that he crams into this outpouring of praise, and all eight describe the power of the LORD and His willingness to save and deliver His children from their enemies. Let me remember that the LORD is ever ready to deliver me and that He is directing and ordaining all things so that I have the maximum opportunity to glorify Him.

The LORD is also MY rock and fortress and deliverer, and He is for me. Rejoice, for the LORD is with me.

SDG          rmb          5/14/2020

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