Journey Through Psalms…Continued

I am slowly traversing through the book of Psalms. Just as in the story of the Tortoise and the Hare, slow and steady wins the race. The following verses have spoken to my heart like a fresh Spring breeze. I pray God speaks to you also.

Psalms 31:19 (NIV) “How abundant are the good things God has stored up for those who fear him; good things given to those who seek refuge in Him.”*
Psalms 31:19 (MSG) “What a stack of blessings you have piled up for those who worship you; Ready and waiting for all who run to you to escape and unkind world.”*

    * Psalms 31:19 is my verse for 2014
Note: “To fear the Lord” doesn’t necessarily mean to be scared of the Lord, but rather to have a holy awe, wonder, reverence, worship, and honor for who He is and recognizing who we are not

 Psalms 31:23 (MSG) “Love God , all you saints, God takes care of all who stay close to him.”
Psalms 32:1-5 “Blessed is the one whose: Transgressions are forgiven, sins covered (by the blood of Christ), iniquity not hidden from the Lord.”
Psalms 32:7 “You are my hiding place.”
Psalms 32:10 “The Lord’s unfailing love surround the one who trusts in Him.”
Psalms 33:11 “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart though all generations.”
Psalms 33:13, 18 “From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind….The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear (worship and honor) him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.”
Psalms 34:4 “I sought the Lord and he answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.”

Psalms 34:5 “Those who look to him are radiant, their faces are never covered in shame.”

Psalms 34:7 “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and he delivers them.”
Psalms 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
Psalms 34:10 “Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing!”
Psalms 34:17 “The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them and delivers them from all their troubles.”
Psalms 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalms 35: 28 “I will sing your praises all day long!”
Psalms 36:8 “Those who walk with the Lord will feast from abundance of your house and drink from your river of delight.”
Psalms 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desire of your heart.”
Psalms 37:5 “Commit your way to the Lord, trust Him and He will do whatever needs to be done.”
Psalms 37:7 “Be still and patiently wait for Him.”
Psalms 37:28 “The Lord will not forsake his faithful ones!”
Psalms 37:40 “The Lord helps and delivers them…because they take refuge in Him.”
Psalms 38:15 “ I wait for you O Lord; you will answer.”
Psalms 39:12 “Hear my prayer Lord, listen to my cry for help. Do not be deaf to my weeping.”
Psalms 40:1-3 “I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of a muddy pit and set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth-a praise to God!”
Psalms 40:4 “Blessed (happy) is the one who makes the Lord their trust.”
Psalms 40:5 (my version) “The wonderful things you have done and what you have planned for us are too abundant to count!”
Psalms 40:16 “May all who seek you rejoice and be glad. May those who love your salvation say “Praise be to God!”
Psalms 41:1 “ Blessed (happy) is the one who has regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in time of trouble.”
Psalms 42:8 “By day the Lord directs his love, by night his song is with me.”
Psalms 43:2 “You are God, my stronghold!”
Psalms 43:3 “Send forth your light and truth, let them guide me.”
Psalms 43:5 “Put your hope in God.”
Psalms 44:1-8 (my version) “Our ancestors told us of all the marvelous victories that your brought by your mighty right hand and the light of your face. It is all because of you. God, we will boast about you all the day long and praise your Name forever!”
Psalms 45:8 “The music of the strings make you glad!”
(This verse makes me think of Rachel playing the violin.)
Psalms 45:17 “I will perpetuate your memory through all generation; therefore the nations will praise your name forever and ever.”
Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength and ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though everything around us falls apart.”
Psalms 46:7 “The Lord Almighty is with us!”
Psalms 46:10 “Be still and know that I AM GOD!
Psalms 47:4 “He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.”
Psalms 47:6 “Sing praises to God. Sing praises and praises and praises to our King. Sing praises!”
Psalms 48:4 “For this God is our God forever and ever. He will be our guide even to the end.”
Psalms 49:15 “But God will redeem my life and soul from the grave;
He will surely take me to himself”
Psalms 50:14-15 “Sacrifice a thanks offering to Me and call upon Me in the days of trouble; I will deliver me and you will honor Me.-God”
Psalms 51:10 “Create in me a pure heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Psalms 51:10 (Message version) “God make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life!”
Psalms 51:17 (Message version) “I learned God worship when my pride was shattered. Heart shattered lives, ready for love, don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.”
Psalms 52:8-9 “I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever. I will praise your for what you have done, in your name I will hope for your Name is good. I will praise you in the presence of saints.”
Psalms 53:5 “They were overwhelmed with dread where there was nothing to dread!”
Psalms 54:4 “Surly God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me!”
Psalms 55:17 “Evening, morning, and noon I cry our in distress and He answers my voice.”
Psalms 55:22 “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”
Psalms 55:23b “But as for me, I trust in you!”
Psalms 56:3-4 “When I am afraid I will trust you. In God whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

Psalms 56:9b “I will know God is for me!”
Psalms 57:3 “He sends from heaven and saves me (He rebukes those who hotly pursue me). God sends his love and faithfulness.”
Psalms 58:11 “Surely the righteous (those who walk with the Lord) are still rewarded and surely there is a God who judges the earth.”
Psalms 59:16 “I will sing of your strength in the morning. I will sing of your love. For you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.”
Psalms 59:17 “O Strength, I sing praise to you, O God my fortress, my loving God.”
(I love how the author calls God ‘O Strength’)
Psalms 60:4 “But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow.”
Psalms 60:5 (My version) “Save me and help me with your mighty right hand, that I, who loves you, may be delivered from this mess I’m in.”
Psalms 60:11-12 “Give us aid against the enemy for the help of man is worthless. With God we will gain the victory and He will trample down our enemies.”

Journey Through Psalms

In January I decided to go on a journey through the Book of Psalms. Over the past decade, I have read portions of this book several times. Each time I have made this journey, God has met me on the dusty trail. On this particular journey I am reading a chapter or two everyday and writing down the verses that speak to me. I am purposefully reading this book as if I have never read it before praying God will provide a fresh revelation along the way.

I invite you to journey with me on this dusty (perhaps even snow covered) trail. Don’t worry about catching up or even staying in step with me. God will be your constant companion.


My journey through Psalms

Psalms 1:3 “Whatever He does prospers.”

Psalms 1:5 “The Lord watches over the ways of the righteous.”

Psalms 2:12 “Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”

Psalms 3:4 “To the Lord I cry out and He answers me from his holy hill.”

Psalms 4:3 “ Know that the Lord has set apart the Godly for himself.
The Lord will hear when I call to him.”

Psalms 4:7 “You have filled my heart with greater joy.”

Psalms 4:8 “I lie down and sleep in peace for you alone make me dwell in safety.”

Psalms 5:3 “Hear my voice in the morning when I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

Psalms 5:11-12 “Let all who take refuge in you be glad, let them ever sing for joy! Spread protection over them. Let those who love your name rejoice in you. Lord, you bless the righteous and surround them with your favor as with a shield.”

Psalms 6:9 “The Lord has heard my cry for mercy, the Lord accepts my prayer.”

Psalms 7:10 “My shield is the God Most High who saves the upright in heart.”

Psalms 8:1 “O Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. You have set your glory above the heavens.”

Psalms 8:2 “From the lips of children you have ordained praise.”

Psalms 9:10 “Those who know your name will trust you,
for you Lord never forsake those who seek you.”

Psalms 9:12 “He does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.”

Psalms 10:17 “Lord you hear the cry of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry;
defending the fatherless and oppressed in order that we may not be terrified no more”

Psalms 11:1 “ In the Lord I take refuge.”

Psalms 12: 7 “O, Lord you will keep us safe and keep up from evil people forever.”

Psalms 13:5-6 “I will trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me!”

Psalms 14:5-7 “For God is present in the company of the righteous, the Lord is their refuge…When the Lord restores the fortunes to his people let us rejoice and be glad.”

Psalms 15: 4-5 “Those who honor and fear the Lord will not be shaken.”

Psalms 16:2 “You are my Lord, apart from you I have no good thing.”

Psalms 16:8 “I have set the Lord always before me, because He is at my right side,
I shall not be shaken!”

Psalms 16:9 “Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body will rest secure.”

Psalms 16:11 “You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence.”

Psalms 17:6 “I call on you God for you will answer me; hear my prayer, show the wonder of you great love you who save by your right hand, those who take refuge in you”

Psalms 18: 1-3 “I love your Lord my strength. The Lord is my rock my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the strength of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise.”

Psalms 18:16-19 “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes who were too strong for me. But, the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place. He rescued me because he is delighted by me.”

Psalms 18:28 “My God turns darkness into light.”

Psalms 18:30 “As for the Lord his way is perfect, the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.”

Psalms 18:50 “He shows unfailing kindness to his anointed.”

Psalms 19:1-3 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day the skies pour forth speech night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.”

Psalms !9:12-13 “Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant from willful sins- may they not rule over me.”

Psalms 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.”

Psalms 20:6 “The Lord saves His anointed.”

Psalms 20:7 “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

Psalms 21:7 (my version) “April trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High.”

Psalms 22:5 “They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed.”

Psalms 23:3 “He restores my soul.”

Psalms 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”

Psalms 23:5 “My cup overflows.”

Psalms 24:5-6 “Those who seek the Lord and seek his face will receive a blessing from the Lord.”

Psalms 25:1 “To you Lord, I place my trust.”

Psalms 25:14 “The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.”

Psalms 26:12 “My feet stand on level ground, in the great assembly I will praise the Lord.”

Psalms 27:8 (Message version) “My heart has heard you say “Come and talk with me”
and my heart responds “Lord, I’m coming!”

Psalms 27:13 “I am still confident in this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!”

Psalms 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

Psalms 28:6 “Praise be to the Lord for he has heard my cry for mercy.”

Psalms 28:9 “Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherds and carry them forever.”

Psalms 29:11 “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”

Psalms 30:2 “O Lord my God I called to you for help and you healed me!”

Psalms 30:5 “Weeping may remain for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”

Psalms 30:11 “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my mourning clothes and clothes me with joy!”


My knight in shining armor told me he loved me! Be still my heart!

I love the way God dropped a JOY bomb smack dab in the middle of an ordinary day! This past week I volunteered at my kids school during Spirit Week. On this particular day the kids were dressed in a Kingdom theme. My son wore the silver duct tape costume I made for him last summer during our Kingdom Chronicles Vacation Bible School. He wore a crown, a duct tape tunic, plastic sword, and silver duct tape shield. I love duct tape projects!

My son saw me through the open door of the teacher workroom walked in and asked for money. But this time I was obliged to help. Mr. Hill’s bake sales are known far and wide for being the best. (Plus the money goes towards a good cause, a Spring trip to Monticello). Thanks to two previous snow days I was unprepared and all I came up with was $1.00 in coins. My knight smiled at me, crown slightly crocked, and said “Thanks Mom!” Then my knight walked back into the room and said “Hey mom” then he held up his hand and gave the sign of these numbers 1-4-3. Tears pricked my eyes. Without saying a word I motioned back 1-4-3-2.

1-4-3. This is our secret code for I-love-you. I cannot take credit for this. My friend Michelle shared this with me over a decade ago. This was something special between she and her dad. Just the two of them. I can recall standing in her kitchen of her first house when she shared that with me. I remember the way she cried because her father had just passed away. She whispered “1-4-3 Dad.”

I began speaking in code with Andrew many years ago in the height of his I-want-to-be-a-spy-stage. This stage coincided with the Mom-it’s-not-cool-to-hug-you-or-say-I-love-you-in-front-of-my-friends-stage. Thus, I borrowed 1-4-3. He loved it and so do I.

Tears spilled down my face. My knight in shining (duct tape) armor told me he loved me!
1-4-3-2 Andrew, I love you too!

I love how God turns an ordinary day into something extraordinary.1-4-3-2 Lord! All the more!


“May you and I be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:12

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