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“…that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of hope, fill you with all JOY and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:4, 13

After valleys of cancer surgery and many other surgeries, twenty-five years of chronic back pain and twelve back surgeries, four car accidents, Paul’s heart attack, financial problems and losses and disappointments, my wonderful Lord is the one who gave me strength and grace to make it through each valley! These trials have drawn me closer to the Lord where I lean more on Him today. When asked how I’ve made it I can only answer, “God’s Grace is sufficient” and His precious Word of His many promises have sustained me.

Each valley I went through, I was drawn to the Scriptures in my Matthew Henry KJV Study Bible for encouragement and hope. As He drew me to Himself, He ministered to my needs to fill me with JOY and peace. Let Him embrace you today…come into His presence…He can fill you too with JOY, peace and hope in the midst of your valley. The following are some Scriptures in PSALMS that I drew from for encouragement and hope…

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” (1:12)

“Thou wilt show me the path of life, in thy presence is fullness of JOY; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (16:11)

“I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” (18:1-3, 14)

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (23)

“Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.” (25:18)

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion; in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” (27:1,5,14)

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusteth in him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.” (28:7)

“O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou has healed me. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life; weeping may endure for a night, but JOY cometh in the morning.” (30:2, 5)

“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” (34:3, 4, 7-9)

“Trust in the Lord, and do good: Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him. A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. For the Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved forever; but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.” (37: 3-7, 16, 23-25, 28)

I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God; many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. Many, Oh Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to usward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I could declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me; thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.” (40:1-5, 17)

“And I said, Oh, that I had wings like a dove! For then would I fly, and be at rest. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (55:6, 17, 22)

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. Thou tellest my wanderings; put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? When I cry unto thee, then shall my enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me. In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.” (56:3, 8, 9, 11)

“Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me; for my soul trusteth in thee; yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” (57:1)

“Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.” (61:1-3)

“Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.” (62:8)

“Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.” (63:7)

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” (66:18)

“For thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth. Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth. But I will hope continually and will yet praise thee more and more. Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not: until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.” (71: 5, 9, 14, 18)

“Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever. But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.” (73: 23-26; 28)

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.” (84:11, 12)

“Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” (85:10)

“…thou, Lord, hast helped me and comforted me.” (86:17)

“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid…For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” (91:4, 5, 11, 15)

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” (100:1-5)

“Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” (107: 8, 15, 21)

“He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great. The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children.” (115:13, 14)

“I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. Precious in sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” (116:1, 2, 15)

“O give thanks unto the Lord: for he is good: because his mercy endureth forever. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear; what can men do unto me? It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. This is the day which the Lord hath made;

we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (118:1, 6, 8, 17, 24)

“Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. I will not forget thy word. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction; for thy word hath quickened me. It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word. I will never forget thy precepts; for with them thou hast quickened me. O how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day. How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Thou art my hiding place and my shield; I hope in thy word. Great peace have they which love thy law; and nothing shall offend them.” (119:11, 16, 49, 50, 71, 73, 75, 81, 92, 93, 97, 103, 114, 165)

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth; and even forevermore.” (121:1-8)

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with thee. Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (139:14, 17, 23, 24)

“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” (147:3)

“Praise ye the Lord. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” (150:1, 6)

May the JOY of the Lord be your strength today and everyday!

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