Monday Morning Scripture – Psalm 37:1-20 (AMP)

Security of Those Who Trust in the Lord, and Insecurity of the Wicked.

A Psalm of David.

1 Do not worry because of evildoers, nor be envious toward wrongdoers;

2 For they will wither quickly like the grass, and fade like the green herb.

3 Trust [rely on and have confidence] in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and feed [securely] on His faithfulness.

4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord; Trust in Him also and He will do it.

6 He will make your righteousness [your pursuit of right standing with God] like the light, and your judgment like [the shining of] the noonday [sun].

7 Be still before the Lord; wait patiently for Him and entrust yourself to Him; Do not fret (whine, agonize) because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

8 Cease from anger and abandon wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evil.

9 For those who do evil will be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.

10 For yet a little while and the wicked one will be gone [forever]; Though you look carefully where he used to be, he will not be [found].

11 But the humble will [at last] inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity and peace.

12 The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes at him with his teeth.

13 The Lord laughs at him [the wicked one—the one who oppresses the righteous], for He sees that his day [of defeat] is coming.

14 The wicked have drawn the sword and bent their bow to cast down the afflicted and the needy, to slaughter those who are upright in conduct [those with personal integrity and godly character].

15 The sword [of the ungodly] will enter their own heart, and their bow will be broken.

16 Better is the little of the righteous [who seek the will of God] than the abundance (riches) of many wicked (godless).

17 For the arms of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds and sustains the righteous [who seek Him].

18 The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their inheritance will continue forever.

19 They will not be [b]ashamed in the time of evil, and in the days of famine they will have plenty and be satisfied.

20 But the wicked (ungodly) will perish, and the enemies of the Lord will be like the [c]glory of the pastures and like the fat of lambs [that is consumed in smoke], they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

Psalm 37:1-20 (AMP)

Thursday Morning Scripture (Wk42/2021) – Matthew 10:16-23 (AMP)

A Hard Road before Them

16 “Listen carefully: I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; so be wise as serpents, and innocent as doves [have no self-serving agenda].

17 Beware of men [whose nature is to act in opposition to God], for they will hand you over to the courts and flog you in their synagogues;

18 and you will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.

19 But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given you within that [very] hour;

20 for it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and the father his child; and children will rise up and rebel against their parents and cause them to be put death.

22 And you will be hated by everyone because of [your association with] My name, but it is the one who has patiently persevered and endured to the end who will be saved.

23 “When they persecute you in one city [because of your faith in Me], flee to the next; for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, you will not finish going through all the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

Matthew 10:16-23 (AMP)

Tuesday Morning Scripture (Wk43/2021) – Ecclesiastes 3:11-22 (AMP)

God Set Eternity in the Heart of Man

11 He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end.

12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good as long as they live;

13 and also that every man should eat and drink and see and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God.

14 I know that whatever God does, it endures forever; nothing can be added to it nor can anything be taken from it, for God does it so that men will fear and worship Him [with awe-filled reverence, knowing that He is God].

15 That which is has already been, and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by [so that history repeats itself].

16 Moreover, I have seen under the sun that in the place of justice there is wickedness, and in the place of righteousness there is wickedness.

17 I said to myself, “God will judge both the righteous and the wicked,” for there is a time [appointed] for every matter and for every deed.

18 I said to myself regarding the sons of men, “God is surely testing them in order for them to see that [by themselves, without God] they are [only] animals.”

19 For the [earthly] fate of the sons of men and the fate of animals is the same. As one dies, so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no preeminence or advantage for man [in and of himself] over an animal, for all is vanity.

20 All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust.

21 Who knows if the spirit of man ascends upward and the spirit of the animal descends downward to the earth?

22 So I have seen that there is nothing better than that a man should be happy in his own works and activities, for that is his portion (share). For who will bring him [back] to see what will happen after he is gone?

Ecclesiastes 3:11-22 (AMP)