Daily Bible Reading “A Merry Heart” (Proverbs 17:22-28)

A Merry Heart

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 17:22-28. We are reminded in this Scripture that a merry heart does good like medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.

A wicked person takes a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.

Wisdom is before those who have understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

A foolish child is a grief to their father, and bitterness to their mother

To punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.

Those who have knowledge spare their words: and a person of understanding has an excellent spirit.

Even a fool, when they hold their peace, is counted wise: and those who shut their mouth are esteemed as people of understanding.

“Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works” (Ecclesiastes 9:7).

Do you find it hard sometimes to have a merry heart? When we get our minds on our circumstances it can be difficult at times to be joyful and to have peace in our hearts. If we can focus on the LORD and His goodness to us, instead of our circumstances, we are more likely to be able to have a merry heart.

We are reminded in Nehemiah 8:10 that “The joy of the LORD is our strength.” Even if you don’t have joy and happiness in this life, you can have a merry heart by focusing on the LORD and His goodness to you.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 17:22-28

22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
24 Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him.
26 Also to punish the just is not good, nor to strike princes for equity.
27 He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.
28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

 

Things to think about:

  • What is a merry heart compared to in this Scripture?
  • What does this Scripture say about a foolish child?
  • What is one of the attributes of a person of knowledge which is shown in this Scripture?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture and reminded that a merry heart does good like medicine, help us to have a cheerful heart. Help us to live in the joy of the Lord. Give us the peace and joy that we need in our lives in order for our hearts to be merry. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Choose Joy” (Proverbs 15:23-33)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 15:23-33. In this Scripture, we are reminded that a person finds joy by the words of their mouth: and how good a word is that is spoken in due season!

The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant.

Those who are greedy of gain cause trouble to their own house; but the one who hate gifts will live.

The heart of the righteous studies to answer: but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.

The LORD is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

The light of the eyes rejoices the heart: and a good report makes the bones fat.

The ear that hears the reproof of life abides among the wise.

Those who refuse instruction despise their own soul: but those who listen reproof gain understanding.

The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and humility comes before honor.

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep on choosing it every day.” – Henry J. M. Nowen

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 15:23-33

23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
24 The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.
25 The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.
26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.
27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

 

Things to think about:

  • According to this Scripture how do we find joy?
  • How should we choose joy?
  • What other Scriptures in this passage stand out to you? Why?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in the book of Proverbs, we see that we have to make the right choices to have a happy, joyful life in Christ. Help us to choose joy in spite of our circumstances. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “They That Sow in Tears Shall Reap in Joy” (Psalm 126:1-6)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 126:1-6. Psalm 126 is another of the songs of degrees. This Psalm is about when the children of Israel were released from captivity and were able to go back to Jerusalem. The Jewish people had been in captivity for seventy years. Some of them had never been to Jerusalem. They had only heard stories about it from their parents and grandparents. All the younger generations knew was the captivity that they were born into. For them, they were leaving everything that was familiar to them to go to Jerusalem. For the older people, they were returning to their homeland. Can you imagine all the emotions the people must have felt as they traveled to Jerusalem?

All the younger generations knew was the captivity that they were born into. For them, they were leaving everything that was familiar to them to go to Jerusalem.

For the older people, they were returning to their homeland. Can you imagine all the emotions the people must have felt as they traveled to Jerusalem?

The Psalmist tells us they were filled with laughter and were singing praises to the LORD. They were glad to be released from captivity. No doubt they had spent many days of sorrow while being captives, but now that they were free, they were able to rejoice

No doubt they had spent many days of sorrow while being captives, but now that they were free, they were able to rejoice because of the goodness of God. God spared their lives at the hand of the enemy. Now He was bringing them home.

What a great promise in verse five, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” As Christians, we may go through times of sorrow, but we can be assured that God will see us through those times. We will be able to rejoice in Him again.

Psalm 30:5 tells us, “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

If you are going through a time of trouble in your life, hold on, morning is coming. You will find joy again. You will see God’s favor at work in your life. Keep the faith. Keep believing that God will see you through. We are promised in this Scripture that joy will come in the morning.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 126:1-6

1 [[A Song of degrees.]] When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

 

Things to think about:

  • Have you ever lived far away from home?
  • Can you imagine what it would be like to be in captivity for seventy years?
  • Have you ever gone through a time of great sorrow in your life? If so, when?
  • How were you able to find joy again through the LORD after the time of trouble?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 126 where the Psalmist reminds us that joy comes in the morning. Help us to hold on to that promise when we are going through troubled times. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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The book of Psalms was written by various people. About half of it was attributed to King David, whether they were written by David or for David is questioned by some biblical scholars. Some of the Psalms were written by Asaph and some say they were written for the sons of Korah and even Moses and Solomon were writers of the Psalms. The Psalms consists of poetry that was primarily meant to be used as songs of praise to the Lord.

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