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Love in the Torah 1/3

God Loves Those Who Believe and He Shows Mercy to Them

But showing love to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments. (Exodus 20:6; Deuteronomy 5:10)

…”The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love… Maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin …’’ (Exodus, 34:6-7)

The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: “He is good; His love endures forever…” (2 Chronicles, 5:13)

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. (Lamentations, 3:22-23)

With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: “He is good; His love toward Israel endures forever.”(Eza 3:11)

Though He brings grief, He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love. (Lamentations, 3:32)

Surely, Lord, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield. (Psalm, 5:12)

… Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. (Psalm, 6:4)

The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with loving kindness.’’ (Jeremiah 31:3)

But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for He has been good to me. (Psalm, 13:5-6)

Praise be to the Lord, for He showed me the wonders of His love when I was in a city under siege… Love the Lord, all His faithful people! the Lord preserves those who are true to Him… (Psalm, 31:21-23)

… the earth is full of His unfailing love.. (Psalm, 33:5)

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, Your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is Your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; You give them drink from Your river of delights. for with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light. (Psalm, 36:5-9)

For great is Your love, reaching to the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. (Psalm, 57:10-11)

Praise be to God, Who has not rejected my prayer or withheld His love from me! (Psalm, 66:20)

You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to You... for great is Your love toward me; You have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead. (Psalm, 86:5, 13)

But You, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God... abounding in love and faithfulness. (Psalm, 86:15)

Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol Him, all you peoples. for great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord. (Psalm, 117:1-2)

When I said, “My foot is slipping,” Your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. (Psalm, 94:18)

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love… for as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him… As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him… But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’s children with those who keep His covenant and remember to obey His precepts. (Psalm, 103:8, 11, 13, 17-18)

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever… Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind… Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord. (Psalm, 107:1, 21, 43)

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. (Psalm, 118:29)

Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption. (Psalm, 130:7)

… with Your right hand You save me. the Lord will vindicate me; Your love, Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of Your hands.. (Psalm, 138:7-8)

Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate... abounding in love... (Joel, 2:13)

I love those who love Me and those who seek Me find Me... (Proverbs, 8:17)

Remember, Lord, Your great mercy and love, for they are from of old… All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of His covenant. (Psalm, 25:6, 10)

Praise be to the Lord, for He showed me the wonders of His love when I was in a city under siege. (Psalm, 31:21)

I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. for what You have done I will always praise You in the presence of Your faithful people. and I will hope in Your name, for Your name is good. (Psalm, 52:8-9)

I cry out to God Most High, to God, Who vindicates me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those Who hotly pursue me—God sends forth His love and His faithfulness. (Psalm, 57:2-3)

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make Your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that Your love stands firm forever… (Psalm, 89:1-2)

Satisfy us in the morning with Your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. (Psalm, 90:14)

… Give thanks to Him and praise His name. for the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm, 100:4-5)

I will sing of Your love and justice; to You, Lord, I will sing praise. (Psalm, 101:1)

When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, “He is good; His love endures forever.” (2 Chronicles, 7:3)

The priests took their positions, as did the Levites with the Lord’s musical instruments, which King David had made for praising the Lord and which were used when he gave thanks, saying, “His love endures forever.” Opposite the Levites, the priests blew their trumpets, and all the Israelites were standing. (2 Chronicles, 7:6)

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Let Israel say: “His love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say: “His love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say: “His love endures forever.”… You are my God, and I will praise You; You are my God, and I will exalt You. (Psalm, 118:1-4, 28)

… for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity. (Joel, 2:13)

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him. (Lamentations, 3:25)

ADNAN OKTAR: “Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous.” How? Joyfully. Why? Singing joyfully because of faith. Who is loved? Because God is loved. "It is fitting for the upright to praise Him." If you are upright then praise the Lord, say that He is All-Powerful and Almighty, recite His name. Saying, "SubhanAllah, subhanAllah, subhanAllah subhanAllah. AllahuAkbar, AllahuAkbar, Almighty Lord, Allahu Akbar." This is a response to the bigots; "Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to Him on the ten-stringed lyre." with musical instruments, we see that the Alevis have figured this out, may God be pleased with them. "How can you be sated, how can you be sated, how could you let go your loved one?" This is amazing. "Make music to Him on the ten-stringed lyre." This is a great effort by our Alevi brothers. They have not abolished this five-thousand year old commandment. They are praising our Lord with musical instruments, this is really beautiful. They are praising the Prophet (pbuh). "Make music to Him." to Whom? to God. " Sing to Him a new song." Do not always say the same words, sing with "a new song". Just as people keep on thinking of new songs for their loved ones, and there are always new songs being composed, here these words teach us to sing new songs to our Lord. One will end, the other will get started. Who is going to make these songs? God will compose them. "Play skillfully, and shout for joy." This means musical instruments should play with the best performance, the zither should sound joyfully. Along with what? You will shout for joy. This teaches that you should be full of love. Do you understand? for example, the Prophet David (pbuh) starts dancing with love, the love of God. They wanted to criticize the Prophet David (pbuh) but he never takes any notice of these. How does he dance? with the love of God, he plays skillfully. Masha'Allah, he dances right at the front, insha'Allah. (30 October 2014, A9 TV)

Believers Love God

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy, 6:5)

For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, and to keep His commands, decrees and laws; then… God will bless you... (Deuteronomy, 30:16)

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to… those who love Him and keep His commandments. (Deuteronomy, 7:9)

So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today -to love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul- then I will send rain on your land in its season... (Deuteronomy, 11:13-14)

… “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, Who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and keep His commandments…” (Nehemiah, 1:5)

… so that you may love Him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live. (Deuteronomy, 30:6)

And that you may love the Lord your God… (Deuteronomy, 30:20)

… the Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love Him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy, 13:3)

Love the Lord, all His faithful people! the Lord preserves those who are true to Him… (Psalm, 31:23)

How lovely is Your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord... (Psalm, 84: 1-2)

… What does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? (Deuteronomy, 10:12-13)

Love the Lord your God and keep His requirements, His decrees, His laws and His commands always. (Deuteronomy, 11:1)

If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow -to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him and to hold fast to Him. (Deuteronomy, 11:22)

If the Lord your God… gives you the whole land He promised them, because you carefully follow all these laws I command you today -to love the Lord your God and to walk always in obedience to Him.... (Deuteronomy, 19:8-9)

And that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. for the Lord is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Deuteronomy, 30:20)

But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, to keep His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Joshua, 22:5)

So be very careful to love the Lord your God. (Joshua 23:11)

“Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.” (Joshua 24:23)

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from You I have no good thing.” (Psalm, 16:2)

For I have always been mindful of Your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on Your faithfulness… Lord, I love the house where You live, the place where Your glory dwells. (Psalm, 26:3,8)

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?... Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God… By day the Lord directs His love, at night His song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life… Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God. (Psalm, 42:1-2, 5, 8, 11)

Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise You. On my bed I remember You; I think of You through the watches of the night. Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings. I cling to You; Your right hand upholds me.. (Psalm, 63:3-8)

I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live. (Psalm, 116: 1-2)

But I, by Your great love, can come into Your house; in reverence I bow down toward Your holy temple. (Psalm, 5:7)

… When I said, “My foot is slipping,” Your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought me joy… But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge. (Psalm, 94:18, 19, 22)

… Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God…(Joel, 2:23)

I rejoice in following Your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways. I delight in Your decrees; I will not neglect Your word. (Psalm, 119:14-16)

Believers Are Deeply Connected to God and Are Close to Him

Fear the Lord your God and serve Him. Hold fast to Him and take your oaths in His name. (Deuteronomy 10:20)

Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love … for it is time to seek the Lord…(Hosea, 10:12)

Return…to the Lord your God… Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to Him: “Forgive all our sin and receive us graciously…” (Hosea, 14:1-2)

So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God. (Hosea, 12:6)

The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. (Psalm, 145:18)

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. (Psalm, 62:5)

In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in You… (Psalm, 25:1)

And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by His decrees and obey His commands, as at this time. (1 King, 8:61)

I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me find Me. (Proverbs, 8:17)

It is the Lord your God you must follow, and Him you must revere. Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him. (Deuteronomy 13:4)

And that you may love the Lord your God… for the Lord is your life... (Deuteronomy, 30:20)

But you are to hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have until now. (Joshua, 23:8)

Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. (Deuteronomy 10:16)

Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. (Isaiah, 55:6)

I seek You with all my heart; do not let me stray from Your commands. I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You. Praise be to You, Lord; teach me Your decrees. with my lips I recount all the laws that come from Your mouth. (Psalm, 119:10-13)

Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate... abounding in love... (Joel, 2:13)

Believers Remember God With Joy and Exalt Him

Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise You with the lyre, O God, my God. (Psalm, 43:4)

Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. for the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth. (Psalm, 47:1-2)

As for me, I will sing about Your strength; I will praise Your loyal love in the morning. for You are my refuge and my place of shelter when I face trouble. You are my source of strength! I will sing praises to you! for God is my refuge, the God Who loves me. (Psalm, 59:16-17)

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is He Who made us, and we are His; we are His people… Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. for the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm, 100:1-5)

Let His faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds. (Psalm, 149:5)

My servants will sing out of the joy of their hearts but you will cry out from anguish of heart and wail in brokenness of spirit. (Isaiah, 65:14)

He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom He loved. God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. for God is the King of all the earth; sing to Him a psalm of praise… the kings of the earth belong to God; He is greatly exalted. (Psalm, 47:4-9)

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make Your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that Your love stands firm forever, that You have established Your faithfulness in heaven itself… the heavens praise Your wonders, Lord, Your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones… Who is like You, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and Your faithfulness surrounds You… Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; love and faithfulness go before You. (Psalm, 89:1-2,5,8,14)

Believers Follow the Commandments of God With Love and Enjoyment

And in any locality where survivors may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem. (Ezra, 1:4)

But be very careful to keep the commandment... to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, to keep His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Joshua, 22:5)

I rejoice in following Your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways. I delight in Your decrees; I will not neglect Your word. Be good to Your servant while I live, that I may obey Your word. Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law. (Psalm, 119:14-18)

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. (Psalm, 1:1-2)

Trouble and distress have come upon me, but Your commands are my delight. Your statutes are forever right; give me understanding that I may live. (Psalm, 119:143-144)

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. the statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. the precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. the commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. the ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. (Psalm, 19:7-10)

Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. (Psalm, 111:2)

Though rulers sit together and slander me, Your servant will meditate on Your decrees. Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. (Psalm, 119:23-24)

For I delight in Your commands because I love them. I reach out for Your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on Your decrees. (Psalm, 119:47-48)

May Your unfailing love be my comfort… Let Your compassion come to me that I may live, for Your law is my delight. (Psalm, 119:76-77)

If Your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have preserved my life. Save me, for I am Yours; I have sought out Your precepts. the wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder Your statutes. Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on Your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey Your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey Your word. I have not departed from Your laws, for You Yourself have taught me. How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from Your precepts. (Psalm, 119:92-104)

Because I love Your commands more than gold, more than pure gold and because I consider all Your precepts right... (Psalm, 119:127-128)

Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them. the unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, longing for Your commands. You are righteous, Lord, and Your laws are right. the statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy. My zeal wears me out, for my enemies ignore Your words. Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and Your servant loves them. (Psalm, 119:129-131,137-140)

Believers Feel the Joy of Loving God and Having Faith

But I, by Your great love, can come into Your house; in reverence I bow down toward Your holy temple… But let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You. (Psalm, 5:7,11)

I will give thanks to You, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing the praises of Your Name, O Most High. (Psalm, 9:1-2)

I keep my eyes always on the Lord. with Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because You will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will You let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand. (Psalm, 16:8-11)

Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise You with the lyre, O God, my God. (Psalm, 43:4)

Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. for the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth. (Psalm, 47:1-2)

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek You; I thirst for You, my whole being longs for You, in a dry and parched land where there is no water… (Psalm, 63:1)

Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise You. On my bed I remember You; I think of You through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings. I cling to You; Your right hand upholds me. (Psalm, 63:3-8)

How lovely is Your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young - a place near Your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they are ever praising You. (Psalm, 84:1-4)

Then Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in Your deliverance. There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides You; there is no Rock like our God.” (1. Samuel, 2:1-2)

Believers Love Each Other and Are the Protectors of One Another

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.” (Zechariah, 7:9)

 “So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” and he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. (Genesis, 50:21)

The Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he met Moses at the mountain of God and kissed him. (Exodus, 4:27)

As soon as Laban heard the news about Jacob, his sister’s son, he hurried to meet him. He embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his home, and there Jacob told him all these things. Then Laban said to him, “You are my own flesh and blood.” (Genesis, 29:13-14)

But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him… Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.” “No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. for to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably. Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.” and because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it. (Genesis, 33:4,9-11)

If one of your countrymen becomes poor and is unable to support himself among you, help him…(Leviticus, 25:35)

Do the same if you find your brother’s donkey or his cloak or anything he loses. Do not ignore it. If you see your brother’s donkey or his ox fallen on the road, do not ignore it. Help him get it to its feet. (Deuteronomy, 22:3-4)

… You do not show ill will toward your needy brother and give him nothing… Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to…Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land. (Deuteronomy, 15:9-11)

Each helps the other and says to his brother, “Be strong!” (Isaiah, 41:6)

Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear... (Isaiah, 58:7-8)

“Take home great wealth, a lot of cattle, silver, gold, bronze, iron, and a lot of clothing. Divide up the goods captured from your enemies with your brothers.” (Joshua, 22:8)

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord...” Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them. (Nehemiah, 8:10-12)

But all the evil men and troublemakers among David’s followers said, “Because they did not go out with us, we will not share with them the plunder we recovered. However, each man may take his wife and children and go.” David replied, “No, my brothers, you must not do that with what the Lord has given us. He has protected us and delivered into our hands the raiding party that came against us. Who will listen to what you say? the share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.” David made this a statute and ordinance for Israel from that day to this. (1. Samuel, 30:22-23, 25)

God Is the Protector of Those Who Trust Him

Then Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in Your deliverance. There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides You; there is no Rock like our God.” (1. Samuel, 2:1-2)

I love you, Lord, my strength. the Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in Whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the Lord, Who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies… He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me. the Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has rewarded me. for I have kept the ways of the Lord; I am not guilty of turning from my God. (Psalm, 18:1-3,19-21)

Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him. Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart! (Psalm, 32:10-11)

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken… Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge… Do not trust in extortion or put vain hope in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them… “Power belongs to You, God, and with You, Lord, is unfailing love, and, “You reward everyone according to what they have done.” (Psalm, 62:1-12)

Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise You. On my bed I remember You; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings. I cling to You; Your right hand upholds me. (Psalm, 63:3-8)

Lord, You have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Psalm, 90:1-2)

Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him. Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart! (Psalm, 32:10-11)

For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does. the Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made… He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; He puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere Him. for He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm. the Lord foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever… Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord… the Lord… sees all mankind… He watches all who live on earth. He Who forms the hearts of all, Who considers everything they do. No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. a horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. in Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy Name. May Your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in You. (Psalm, 33:4-22)

My shield is God Most High, Who saves the upright in heart. (Psalm, 7:10)

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm, 4:8)

God Purifies His Beloved Servants

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm, 51:2)

... Wash the evil from your heart and be saved. How long will you harbor wicked thoughts? (Jeremiah, 4:14)

So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes.” (Genesis, 35:2)

They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them... (Ezekiel, 37:23)

Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand. (Daniel, 12:10)

He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God his Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek Him... (Psalm, 24:4-6)

... Because of the uncleanness and rebellion... whatever their sins have been. He is to do the same for the Tent of Meeting, which is among them in the midst of their uncleanness. (Leviticus, 16:16)

... and make them ceremonially clean. (Numbers, 8:6)

For You, O God, tested us; You refined us like silver. (Psalm, 66:10)

The crucible is for refining silver and the smelter for gold, but the one Who purifies hearts... is the Lord. (Proverbs, 17:3)

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. (Ezekiel, 36:25)

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. (Ezekiel, 36:33)

Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time. (Daniel, 11:35)

... a fountain will be opened... to cleanse them from sin and impurity. (Zechariah, 13:1)

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent His rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a father the son He delights in. (Proverbs, 3:11-12)

Those Who Do Good Will Earn the Love of God

Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness. (Proverbs, 14:22)

Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say He is. (Amos, 5:14)

He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it. the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise. (Proverbs, 11:27, 30)

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Psalm, 34:14)

Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever. (Psalm, 37:27)

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. (Proverbs, 3:7-8)

Hate evil, love good... (Amos, 5:15)

Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers... Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it. Yet my prayer is ever against the deeds of evildoers. (Psalms, 141:4-5)

He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward him for what he has done. (Proverbs, 19:17)

Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done. (Isaiah, 3:10-11)

A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself…(Proverbs, 11:17)

 

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