I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure.
Set the Lord before you. Lean into the confidence that provides and let that drive your emotions, your physical well-being and an overall sense of peace.
He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD.
When we consider the death, destruction and poverty that is highlighted by the media, it’s easy to forget that amidst that, the earth is also full of the steadfast love of the Lord. Be intentional today to look for the steadfast love of the Lord and celebrate that with thanksgiving!
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
Do not be surprised when life brings uphill battles; they’re going to happen. At the same time, expect God to be faithful.
Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children.
Don’t lose sight of the work God has done and is doing in and around you. Beyond keeping it close to your heart, be intentional to share it. Sharing God’s work will ingrain it in your mind and heart, and encourage those with whom you share it.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”
Live like you believe this.
So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
God’s Word does not come back void. It may not come to full fruition in the timing that you expect it, but rest assured that it will accomplish the very purpose for which it was sent.
The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.
This passage is a good reminder that we may fall, but we’re not destined to lie there prostrate and wallow in our suffering; we’re going to be upheld by the hand of the Lord. So when you’re down, learn from being there, then look up. Receive God’s hand, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move on knowing that God is before you and behind you.
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain…
God’s promise does not waver. It is sure and steady; an anchor of the soul.
…so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.
When going through times of sparse hope, be deliberate about reflecting on the works of God in your life. Hope, salvation, healing and love are peppered all over our lives; reflecting on those times will cause hope to rise in the valleys of suffering.
But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
The Lord is a shield around you. The Lord is your protector. In your time of need, God will lift your head.