If you’re like me, when you wake up each day, you have to remember pretty much… everything.
“Oh yeah. I’m conscious again. My name is… ‘Brant’? Yes, Brant. I am a bipedal hominid. I inhabit Earth.”
Stuff like that. And then I get some coffee, and walk our dog, Cozy. And while I’m walking her, I review a couple verses of the Bible in my head that have been big for me the last few years. They put everything in perspective for the day ahead, so I thought I’d share them with you.
The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing.
That’s how world-famous Psalm 23 starts.
Since most people think of it the King James Version way (“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”) we may not be used to reading it like this. I certainly wasn’t. But there it is, and for those of us unused to Elizabethan uses of “shall”, it hits much harder:
I lack nothing. (NIV)
I have everything I need. (NLT)
Do I believe that? I have to believe that.
If the Lord is my shepherd, I already have everything I need.
If He is your shepherd, so do you.
Everything you need for the day that faces you? You have it.
And here’s another one (I do love the King James version of this. It’s pure poetry.)
Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning
For in thee do I trust
Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk
For I lift up my soul unto thee.
I’ve never been great at memorizing scripture, but I’m getting better at it, and I’ve got this one down. I even put it to a little tune in my head.
God’s “lovingkindness” here is His intense, fierce loyalty. I need to hear this again and again. He’s not leaving me, even when, if I were him, I certainly would say, “Okay, Brant, I’m out.”
So I say this one out loud. I’m asking God to help me hear, again, His loyalty, crystal-clear.
And if it shows me the way I should walk today?
Well, then I’m golden. I’m safe.
These verses remind me who I am, who He is, and that I’m not only on Earth, I’m on solid ground.
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My go to all day long!! THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD— what comfort-it’s truly PRICELESS!!
Yes! It makes all the difference.
Thank you for reading, Fortune!
Thank you for your message. I just turned 75 yesterday. Life has changed a lot: my health, my memory, my thoughts, how I do things: or don’t! I’m grateful for Star because when I am discouraged, Star and the music and all those who pray lift me up and give me the “get up and go” because My Lord says “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. Yeah!
We are honored you listen, Annie.
And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, even if a few days too late…
I’m going to try to memorize these as well. God bless you and star99.1
Very cool! Thank you, Kathleen!
Thank you Brant. Every morning I read readings of the day for daily mass. When I get to the psalms, I sometimes make up my own tunes and imagine God wincing then helping me try to find the feeling of the psalm. Lately, I’ve been looking up hymns to psalms that refer to singing or playing instruments to see if I can find something similar to how David or other psalmists would have sung them. For example, Psalm 144:9 “Lord I will sing a new song to you/ with a 10 stringed Lyre I will chant your praise”. It was amazing how many songs originated from that Psalm and I did find a beautiful guitar version. Thank you for your sharing. Love your station and the songs of prayer and praise.
Yes! I love that idea. I’ve done that with several verses. Helps me remember them, and Psalms is totally ready-made for that!
Listening to star helps me out a lot. If I’m discouraged I’ll turn it on. It brings me up. The music and the hosts are very good. Something to guide me through the day.
Thank you, John! That’s exactly what we’re hoping to do. God bless you and your family.
Thank you for these important reminders of beautiful and important scriptures! My radio is always on 99.1 for the best uplifting and encouraging music. When music can bring scripture and God’s word to people’s minds and hearts it is a powerful!!! ❤️
Excellent! And thank you!
Brant – thanking the Lord for bringing you, Bernie, Fortune, Annie, Kathleen and me (and your dog Cozy) together in this encouraging way. Wish I could wake up like you do, but lately am waking up with a jolt and something immediate on my mind. Regardless, I’ve found strength and comfort, as you all have, in turning to God’s Word. Even just a few minutes reflecting on a verse, as I go about my morning routine, can help me to remember (in a day-changing way) all that God has done for us in Jesus! I can fit everything that wakes me up in the morning into the larger eternal picture of His love and faithfulness.
Thank you, Melanie! And Cozy says hi. God bless you and your fam.