I’m most familiar with this portion of the Psalms in the New International Version and King James Version of the Bible. But I also love how it’s translated in The Message:
By Your words I can see where I’m going;
they throw a beam of light on my dark path.
I’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn back
from living by Your righteous order.
Everything’s falling apart on me, God;
put me together again with Your Word.
Festoon me with Your finest sayings, God;
teach me Your holy rules.
My life is a s close as my own hands,
but I don’t forget what You have revealed.
The wicked do their best to throw me off track,
but I don’t swerve an inch from Your course.
I inherited Your book on living;
it’s mine forever–what a gift!
And how happy it makes me!
I concentrate on doing exactly what You say–
I always have and always will.
PSALM 119:105-112 (MSG)
The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
JEREMIAH 29:11 (NIV)
I have come across this verse several times in the past few weeks. It’s one of my favorites. We can always trust that God has our best in mind…and because of Him, we can always look forward to a hope-filled future. I like how part of this verse is worded in THE MESSAGE: “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out–plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” (The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson).
New International Version (NIV). Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
We always have hope because God is working for our good in all things. That’s so encouraging! Even though it’s hard to see and understand how God is working when we’re going through difficult and challenging times, it doesn’t mean He’s not involved…He is always working, always in control.
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