quit you like men

1 Corinthians 16
how to collect the money
struggles don't mean the Lord isn't doing great things (v9.)
work the work of the Lord
Sometimes a thing we greatly desire isn't what other people want at that time.
Love the Lord and one another

Key v13

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
When we have work to do, we should do it faithfully, even when it's hard.

When we have a hard time, we should still resist temptation to sin.

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bitter words

Psalm 64


Who whet their tongue like a sword, [and] bend [their bows to shoot] their arrows, [even] bitter words:
It might be tempting for me to speak bitter words today. I should remember this Psalm and not speak bitter words. mp3 file


early will I seek thee

Psalm 63


Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
It's good to remember that the Bible really does teach for men to lift up their hands when they pray.


When I remember thee upon my bed, [and] meditate on thee in the [night] watches.
It's an awesome thing, when you think of something at night, to roll out of bed, and kneel down, and pray before you go back to sleep.


as a bowing wall

Psalm 62


How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall [shall ye be, and as] a tottering fence.
If we don't want to be like a wall that's about to fall down, we shouldn't imagine mischief.


lead me to the rock

Psalm 61


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.
Sometimes things are really hard for us, and we can feel hopeless.

We can cry to the Lord. We should tell Him the truth about the way we think and feel.


we shall do valiantly

Psalm 60


Through God we shall do valiantly: for he [it is that] shall tread down our enemies.
We can do things valiantly through God, not with human help. This is an encouraging promise.


my defense and refuge

Psalm 59


But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
This is an encouraging promise that the Lord is going to be our defense and refuge.


a reward for the righteous

Psalm 58


So that a man shall say, Verily [there is] a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.
Here's a promise that there's truly a reward for righteous people. We should work on being righteous.

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my heart is fixed

Psalm 57


My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
(This is like Psalm 108.)

We should be determined to praise the Lord no matter how we feel.

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what time I am afraid

Psalm 56


What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
We could be afraid of how things will work out in our lives in the future. Instead, we should praise the Lord's Word and cry to Him.

Part of verse 8 talks about the Lord putting our tears into His bottle.

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He will sustain you

Psalm 55


Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
We can talk to the Lord out loud about the things that really bother us, and we can tell Him how we feel.

We should do that, and He'll take care of all the problems, and He'll take care of us.

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I will praise your name

Psalm 54, part of v6,7

...I will praise thy name, O LORD; for [it is] good.
For he hath delivered me out of all trouble...
Even when it seems like we have many troubles, we should pay attention to praising the Lord's name today. mp3 file


call upon God

Psalm 53


Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people [as] they eat bread: they have not called upon God.
If we're not going to be workers of iniquity, we need to call on the Lord. mp3 file


use your testimony

Galatians 1


  1. God vs. Man
    not of or by men
    not to persuade or please men
    not after man
    conferred not with flesh and blood
  2. Glory to God

    Verses 5 and 24 are like Romans 16:27.

  3. Preach Him

    Verses 15 and 16 show that it pleases God for us to preach Him.


v13-15 are like 1 Corinthians 15:8-10. Like me, Paul sinned, but there was grace.

v16-23, especially v23:

But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
The testimony is about "once, in times past..., but now...". I once destroyed and persecuted in times past, but now preach the faith.

v24 God gets glory in me by this kind of testimony.


I'll use my testimony when I write to some people to preach the gospel to them. mp3 file


labor more abundantly

1 Corinthians 15


The Gospel
who saw Jesus after He rose again
The grace of God
Christ is risen, our preaching is not in vain, we aren't false witnesses, our faith isn't in vain, we're not still in our sins, those who've fallen asleep in Christ aren't lost, it's not only in this life that we have hope, we're not most miserable of all men, and this is all because of the resurrection.
then comes the end
protests that the dead rise
don't be a fool: have the knowledge of God
our glorious hope: spiritual incorruption and power
a mystery: changed from earthly to heavenly
thank God, who gives victory, even over death, through Jesus
Don't move, stay strong, and always be filled full with serving the Lord. Our labor isn't in vain if it's in the Lord. We can know this because there's the resurrection.


But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which [was bestowed] upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
This is like verse 58 and Romans 16:6: "Greet Mary, who bestowed much labor on us."


This will be a lot of work, so I'll be laboring much. I'm doing a podcast. A podcast is a little bit like a radio program over the Internet. To hear me, click "Podcast" on the bottom left of findmercy.com. mp3 file


o you deceitful tongue

Psalm 52


Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
I'll remember to watch out for temptation to speak wickedly today, and try to speak righteousness instead. mp3 file


shew forth Your praise

Psalm 51


O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
While I'm out working, I should sing and praise the Lord.


I will deliver thee

Psalm 50


And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
This verse has an instruction, and a promise.

The Instruction:

"call upon me in the day of trouble"

The Promise:

"I will deliver thee".

When we have trouble, we should pray to the Lord about it during that time. I'm reminded of a song that says, "He is able to deliver thee."


don't boast in riches

Psalm 49


None [of them] can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
Being redeemed by God is much better than being rich.

We should understand, and not fear when somebody is made rich. We shouldn't trust in wealth.


greatly to be praised

Psalm 48


Great [is] the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, [in] the mountain of his holiness.
We should praise the Lord greatly.


sing praises to God

Psalm 47


Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
Obvious application... Sing praises to God, our King!


behold the works of the LORD

Psalm 46


God [is] our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
We should "be still" and not fear.


Your throne, O God

Psalm 45


Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom [is] a right sceptre.
This verse reminds us that Jesus is God.


He favored us

Psalm 44


For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.
This looks like a verse I can use to tell people about the gospel.

We can't save ourselves by being good enough, but Jesus saves whoever believes in Him, because He Loves us.


hope in God

Psalm 43


Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God.
We should pray for the Lord to help us hope in Him.


I will remember you

Psalm 42


O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
When we're depressed, we should remember the Lord. We should think back and thank Him for things He's done for us.


don't be a complainer



These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling [words], having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.
Murmurers and complainers are ungodly sinners. Even a little bit of complaining is really serious.


This week, I'll work on remembering to not complaining, even a little.


consider the poor

Psalm 41


Blessed [is] he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
This promise is an encouragement to think about how we can be kind to poor people.

We should consider the poor.


pray while you wait

Psalm 40


I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
Part of waiting for the Lord is crying to Him.


to edify the Church

1 Corinthians 14


Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual [gifts], seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
A way I can try to not think selfishly is to seek to do good for the Lord's people.


my hope is in You

Psalm 39


And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope [is] in thee.
I've been trying to learn to wait on the Lord lately. I've wondered, what am I waiting for? In the Lord, we have hope, and something to look forward to.

Instead of looking forward to other things we can't be sure about, like, "I can't wait to see my friends at the meeting tomorrow," we should hope in the Lord, like looking forward to Him being with us spiritually at meetings.

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