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Prosperity & Inheritance of Children — Psalm 25 #2

Psalm 25 New Living Translation (NLT)

A psalm of David.

O Lord, I give my life to you.
    I trust in you, my God!
Do not let me be disgraced,
    or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat.
No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced,
    but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.

Show me the right path, O Lord;
    point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God who saves me.
    All day long I put my hope in you.

Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love,
    which you have shown from long ages past.
Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.
    Remember me in the light of your unfailing love,
    for you are merciful, O Lord.

Psalm 25:6-7

The Lord is good and does what is right;
    he shows the proper path to those who go astray.
He leads the humble in doing right,
    teaching them his way.
10 The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness
    all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.

11 For the honor of your name, O Lord,
    forgive my many, many sins.
12 Who are those who fear the Lord?
    He will show them the path they should choose.
13 They will live in prosperity,
    and their children will inherit the land.
14 The Lord is a friend to those who fear him.
    He teaches them his covenant.
15 My eyes are always on the Lord,
    for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.

Psalm 25:11-15

References & reflections


Living Humbly — Francis Chan Christ’s Crazy Love Ministry


Philippians 2 New Living Translation (NLT)

Have the Attitude of Christ

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Though he was God,[a]
    he did not think of equality with God
    as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges[b];
    he took the humble position of a slave[c]
    and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,[d]
    he humbled himself in obedience to God
    and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
    and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Isaiah 45 New Living Translation (NLT)

Cyrus, the Lord’s Chosen One

45 This is what the Lord says to Cyrus, his anointed one,
    whose right hand he will empower.

Before him, mighty kings will be paralyzed with fear.

Their fortress gates will be opened,

never to shut again.

This is what the Lord says:

“I will go before you, Cyrus,

    and level the mountains.[a]

I will smash down gates of bronze

    and cut through bars of iron.

And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—

    secret riches.

I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord,

    the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.

“And why have I called you for this work?

    Why did I call you by name when you did not know me?

It is for the sake of Jacob my servant,

    Israel my chosen one.

I am the Lord;

    there is no other God.

I have equipped you for battle,

    though you don’t even know me,

so all the world from east to west

    will know there is no other God.

I am the Lord, and there is no other.

    I create the light and make the darkness.

I send good times and bad times.

    I, the Lord, am the one who does these things.

“Open up, O heavens,

    and pour out your righteousness.

Let the earth open wide

    so salvation and righteousness can sprout up together.

    I, the Lord, created them.

“What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator.

    Does a clay pot argue with its maker?

Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying,

    ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’

Does the pot exclaim,

    ‘How clumsy can you be?’

10 How terrible it would be if a newborn baby said to its father,

    ‘Why was I born?’

or if it said to its mother,

    ‘Why did you make me this way?’”

11 This is what the Lord says—

    the Holy One of Israel and your Creator:

“Do you question what I do for my children?

    Do you give me orders about the work of my hands?

12 I am the one who made the earth

    and created people to live on it.

With my hands I stretched out the heavens.

    All the stars are at my command.

13 I will raise up Cyrus to fulfill my righteous purpose,

    and I will guide his actions.

He will restore my city and free my captive people—

    without seeking a reward!

    I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!”

references & reflections


No Fear! Lord Our Shepherd — Psalm 23 #3

Psalm 23 New Living Translation (NLT)

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
    He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.

Psalm 23:1-5