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“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

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“O Lord, thou hast searched me and known me! Thou knowst when I sit down and when I rise up; thou discernest my thoughts from afar. Thou searchest out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.”  

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“God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.”

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“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”

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“And God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.” God gave Adam a job to do, and through history He has had a certain job for each person. Noah built an ark. Moses led the people out of Egypt. The work of some people may seem more important, but they couldn’t d…

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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” When a terrible crime or tragedy occurs, you often hear people say, “I just don’t un…

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“They surrounded me like bees, they blazed like a fire of thorns; in the name of the Lord, I cut them off.” The psalmist was surrounded by enemies, but God was with him. He continued: “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”

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“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Jesus had a long talk with his apostles after the Passover meal and before He went to the Garden of Gethsemane. He knew there was a lot they didn’t understand, but they needed to know that He would be …

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“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.”   

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“And the Lord, He it is that  doth go before thee; He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” Moses had led the Israelites out of a life of bondage to “a promised land.” They could have entered much sooner if they had listened and trust…

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“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so He giveth His beloved sleep.” This is one of the psalms of Solomon. He was saying that all hard work is worthless unless God is in it. Modern translations write that last part as “for He gives to His be…

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“And the world passes away, . . . but he that does the will of God abides forever.” By virtue of Christ’s death for our sin, we have companionship with God. It is man’s nature to sin, but when we come to God humbly and truly repentant, God forgives and our relationship with Him is unbroken. 

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“Despise not the chastening of the Lord; . . .for whom the Lord loveth He correcteth.” Solomon wrote that we should accept correction from the Lord and learn from it. Correction starts when a child is born and continues through life. We teach a baby, “No. Don’t do that.” It may be repeated s…

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“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Jesus spoke these words as He hung on the cross. He had suffered greatly, but still wanted mercy for those who had done such terrible things to Him. 

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“Love one another; as I have loved you.” That was the new commandment that Jesus gave His apostles the night He was betrayed. There were no “ifs” in His statement. “If they belong to a certain race or religious group,” “if they have a certain social status” or “if they live in a particular p…

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“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” When David had problems (and he had all kinds of trouble), he went to God in prayer. He knew that it didn’t matter what was wrong, God could take care of it. When the problem was worked out, David gave thanks and prais…