Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continued debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” -Isaiah 46:4
“The sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.” -Isaiah 50:4
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.”
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
10: I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.
30: I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.
37: Turn my eyes from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
60: I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.
103: How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
125: I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.
130: The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
133: Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
147-148: I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. My eyes stay open through the watch of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.
176: I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.
John 3:30: “He must become greater; I must become less.” (words of John the Baptist)
John 6:27: “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” (words of Jesus)
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3 You turn men back to dust,
saying, “Return to dust, O sons of men.”
4 For a thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
5 You sweep men away in the sleep of death;
they are like the new grass of the morning—
6 though in the morning it springs up new,
by evening it is dry and withered.
7 We are consumed by your anger
and terrified by your indignation.
8 You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9 All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.
10 The length of our days is seventy years—
or eighty, if we have the strength;
yet their span is but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11 Who knows the power of your anger?
For your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you.
12Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
13 Relent, O LORD! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
14Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.
17May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.
“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your love, O Lord, endures forever—
do not abandon the works of your hands.”
“Through the heartfelt mercies of our God,
God’s Sunrise will break in upon us,
Shining on those in the darkness,
those sitting in the shadow of death,
Then showing us the way, one foot at a time,
down the path of peace.”
Luke 1:78 & 79 (MSG)
2 Peter 3:9 (NIV):
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
This verse in context is in reference to the the Lord’s promise to return. It serves as a reminder to me that God is faithful and my little brain cannot comprehend His timing. As verse 8 says, “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”
“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be the sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Father to the fatherless, defender of widows — this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families.