April 14


My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and
my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember
You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.

How precious… are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You. § How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! § Your love is better than wine.

Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. § You are fairer than the sons of men.

Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. § His countenance is like Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. His mouth is most sweet, yes, he is altogether lovely. This my beloved, and this is my friend.

Ps. 63:5–6; 139:17–18; 119:103; Song 1:2; Ps. 73:25; 45:2; Song 2:3–4; 5:15–16


Restore to me the joy of Your salvation.

I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, and restore comforts to him and to his mourners.

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” § “Return, you backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings.” “Indeed we do come to You, for You are the Lord our God.” § I will hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people and to His saints; but let them not turn back to folly.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases. § He restores my soul. § O Lord, I will praise You; though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.

Hold me up, and I shall be safe.

I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
and I will not remember your sins.

Ps. 51:12; Isa. 57:18; 1:18; Jer. 3:22;
Ps. 85:8; 103:2–3; 23:3; Isa. 12:1; Ps. 119:117; Isa. 43:25

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