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April 23

Morning

The Lord was my support.

Truly, in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains; truly, in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel. § The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. § Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!

The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. . . . The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. § The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. §  So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my
helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” § For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.

By the grace of God I am what I am.

Ps. 18:18; Jer. 3:23; Ps. 18:2; Isa. 12:6; Ps. 34:7, 17;
Deut. 33:27; Heb. 13:6; Ps. 18:31–32; 1 Cor. 15:10


Evening

All we like sheep have gone astray.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. § There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands… They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable.

You were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. §  I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, for I do not forget Your commandments.

He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. . . . I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. • What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?

Isa. 53:6; 1 John 1:8; Rom. 3:10–12; 1 Peter 2:25;
Ps. 119:176; 23:3; John 10:27–28; Luke 15:4

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