Psalm 89 – Selected Verses

Psalm 89:1–2 (ESV)

I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever;

with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.

For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever;

in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”

Psalm 89:8–9 (ESV)

O Lord God of hosts,

who is mighty as you are, O Lord,

with your faithfulness all around you?

You rule the raging of the sea;

when its waves rise, you still them.

Psalm 89:14–16 (ESV)

14  Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;

steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.

15  Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,

who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,

16  who exult in your name all the day

and in your righteousness are exalted.

Psalm 89:19 (ESV)

19  Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one, and said:

“I have granted help to one who is mighty;

I have exalted one chosen from the people.

Psalm 89:26–33 (ESV)

26  He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father,

my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’

27  And I will make him the firstborn,

the highest of the kings of the earth.

28  My steadfast love I will keep for him forever,

and my covenant will stand firm for him.

29  I will establish his offspring forever

and his throne as the days of the heavens.

30  If his children forsake my law

and do not walk according to my rules,

31  if they violate my statutes

and do not keep my commandments,

32  then I will punish their transgression with the rod

and their iniquity with stripes,

33  but I will not remove from him my steadfast love

or be false to my faithfulness.

Psalm 89:52 (ESV)

52  Blessed be the Lord forever!

Amen and Amen.


Oswald Chambers “My Utmost for His Highest”

April 28th

What you will get

Thy life will I give thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest. Jeremiah 45:5.

This is the unshakable secret of the Lord to those who trust Him—‘I will give thee thy life.’ What more does a man want than his life? It is the essential thing. ‘Thy life for a prey’ means that wherever you may go, even if it is into hell, you will come out with your life, nothing can harm it. So many of us are caught up in the shows of things, not in the way of property and possessions, but of blessings. All these have to go; but there is something grander that never can go—the life that is “hid with Christ in God.”
Are you prepared to let God take you into union with Himself, and pay no more attention to what you call the ‘great things’? Are you prepared to abandon entirely and let go? The test of abandonment is in refusing to say—‘Well, what about this?’ Beware of suppositions. Immediately you allow—‘What about this?’ it means you have not abandoned, you do not really trust God. Immediately you do abandon, you think no more about what God is going to do. Abandon means to refuse yourself the luxury of asking any questions. If you abandon entirely to God, He says at once, “Thy life will I give thee for a prey.” The reason people are tired of life is because God has not given them anything, they have not got their life as a prey. The way to get out of that state is to abandon to God. When you do get through to abandonment to God, you will be the most surprised and delighted creature on earth; God has got you absolutely and has given you your life. If you are not there, it is either because of disobedience or a refusal to be simple enough.

Psalm 88 Selected Verses

Psalm 88:1–2 (ESV)

O Lord, God of my salvation,

I cry out day and night before you.

Let my prayer come before you;

incline your ear to my cry!

Psalm 88:8–9 (ESV)

You have caused my companions to shun me;

you have made me a horror to them.

I am shut in so that I cannot escape;

my eye grows dim through sorrow.

Every day I call upon you, O Lord;

I spread out my hands to you.

Psalm 88:13 (ESV)psa-88-13-ww-pd-9x

13  But I, O Lord, cry to you;

in the morning my prayer comes before you.

Psalm 88:16–18 (ESV)

16  Your wrath has swept over me;

your dreadful assaults destroy me.

17  They surround me like a flood all day long;

they close in on me together.

18  You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me;

my companions have become darkness.

Proverbs 27:2 (ESV)

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;

a stranger, and not your own lips.

Proverbs 27:5, 9 (ESV)

Better is open rebuke

than hidden love.

9  Oil and perfume make the heart glad,
and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel

Proverbs 27:14 (ESV)

14  Whoever blesses his neighbor with a loud voice,

rising early in the morning,

will be counted as cursing.

Proverbs 27:19–20 (ESV)

19  As in water face reflects face,

so the heart of man reflects the man.

20  Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied,

and never satisfied are the eyes of man.

Proverbs 27:23–24 (ESV)

23  Know well the condition of your flocks,

and give attention to your herds,

24  for riches do not last forever;

and does a crown endure to all generations?

Like snow in summer . . .

Proverbs 26:4 (ESV)

Answer not a fool according to his folly,

lest you be like him yourself.

Proverbs 26:7 (ESV)

Like a lame man’s legs, which hang useless,

is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

Proverbs 26:16–17 (ESV)

16  The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes

than seven men who can answer sensibly.

17  Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own

is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears.

Proverbs 26:18–19 (ESV)

18  Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death

19  is the man who deceives his neighbor

and says, “I am only joking!”

Proverbs 26:24–26 (ESV)

24  Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips

and harbors deceit in his heart;

25  when he speaks graciously, believe him not,

for there are seven abominations in his heart;

26  though his hatred be covered with deception,

his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

Great Is Your Steadfast Love

Psalm 86:1–2 (ESV)

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,

for I am poor and needy.

Preserve my life, for I am godly;

save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God.


Psalm 86:5–7 (ESV)

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,

abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;

listen to my plea for grace.

In the day of my trouble I call upon you,

for you answer me.

Psalm 86:11–13 (ESV)

11  Teach me your way, O Lord,

that I may walk in your truth;

unite my heart to fear your name.

12  I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,

and I will glorify your name forever.

13  For great is your steadfast love toward me;

you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

Psalm 86:17 (ESV)

17  Show me a sign of your favor,

that those who hate me may see and be put to shame

because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Observations of Wisdom

Proverbs 13 Selected Verses

A wise son hears his father’s instruction,

but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

Proverbs 13:3 (ESV)

Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;

he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.

Proverbs 13:5 (ESV)

The righteous hates falsehood,

but the wicked brings shame and disgrace.

Proverbs 13:7 (ESV)

One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;

another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

Proverbs 13:13 (ESV)

13  Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself,

but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.

Proverbs 13:15–16 (ESV)

15  Good sense wins favor,

but the way of the treacherous is their ruin.

16  Every prudent man acts with knowledge,

but a fool flaunts his folly.

Proverbs 13:18 (ESV)

18  Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction,

but whoever heeds reproof is honored.

Proverbs 13:21–22 (ESV)

21  Disaster pursues sinners,

but the righteous are rewarded with good.

22  A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,

but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.

Proverbs 13:25 (ESV)

25  The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,

but the belly of the wicked suffers want.