It’s important for us to start our day off right by reading the Word of God, so to help us do that, here are 6 great Bible verses that should energize our day.
Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
One lady I know says this verse every day when she wakes up, so she’s apparently memorized it. She can’t wait to thank God for another day of life. Obviously she doesn’t take every day for granted. She seizes the day and thanks God for it, and uses it for His glory. She knows our days are measured and life is like a vapor, so she makes the most of it, and rejoices for another day. What sometimes happens is that those around her rejoice too because her joy is so contagious, so this lady can truly say it and mean it, “Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught” (Isaiah 50:4b), so “let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Philippians 2:5-7 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
Philippians 2 may be the single greatest snapshot of Jesus’ mind that we have in the Bible. That’s because it shows His humility, His heart, and His willingness to humble Himself, even death on a cross (Phil 2:8). By the way, that was the most shameful and horrendous death there was. And, it was done in public, on a hill, so whoever was crucified was made a public spectacle, but Jesus was willing to go to that extreme for anyone who would trust in Him. After reading Philippians 2, it’s hard to get mad for not finding a parking space.
Psalm 86:12-13 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
This psalm is one about God redeeming the psalmist’s life. He says it was only by His “steadfast love” that God had “delivered [his] soul from the depths of Sheol (the grave).” Even though this refers to his physical life, the spiritual applications are not lost. For example, the psalmist can’t speak of glorifying His “name forever,” if he himself isn’t going to live forever with God. Small wonder that the psalmist spent a lot of time giving “thanks to you, O Lord my God.”
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
When I first read this verse, I had to read it again…then again, and again. Even though this was written specifically to Israel, I can see God doing this for His own children. Perhaps God rejoices with the angels the moment we’re saved. I don’t know, but imagine God singing! Yet it says, God sang over them “with loud singing,” and rejoiced over them (and us?) “with gladness.” And all this against the back drop of His quieting us with His love, just like a mother quiets her precious infant.
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
What two great memory verses. Philippians 2 shows us the mind of Christ, but Philippians 4 shows us to trust in Christ. When we understand the sovereignty of God, we can avoid the everyday anxieties a little bit easier. When we let God know about our needs, then we don’t have to be anxious anymore. The peace of God we have after praying to God should “guard [our] hearts and [our] minds in Christ Jesus,” knowing that nothing is too hard for Him (Luke 18:27). Just think of the omnipotent Creator God and say, “I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure” (Psalm 16:-89). The result is, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3).
Lamentations 2:22-23 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
The reason God is often referred to as a Rock is because He does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:8), and that’s good because we know God has set His love upon those who have trusted in Christ. His steadfast love will never cease, or never end. His mercies will not be exhausted. Every morning, God is ready to extend His mercies. They come without end, so “great is [His] faithfulness.” The words “steadfast love endures forever” appear 45 times together in the Old Testament, and most of those are in the psalms. When God inspired the psalmist to have this phrase repeated so often, God was trying to remind us of something very important. One, Hs love is steadfast. It never will cease. Two, His mercies are without end. And three, His faithfulness is great. Since God is faithful, that means His mercy and steadfast love for us will be without end.
If you enjoyed these 6 Bible verses, please share them with a friend so that they can start their day off with the Bread of Life, or the Word of God. There is encouragement in the Word of God. The best way to start our day is to take in the Bread of Life, so why not share it? Share this with someone today, and maybe you’ll energize their day with the Word of God.
May God richly bless you
Pastor Jack Wellman
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