His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law, he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.  Psalm 1:1-2

I was a young Christian. I made a mistake.

It wasn’t a “big sin” like getting drunk, cursing at a church member, or reading something sensual. It was a leadership-style issue and my arrogance had hurt someone. I asked forgiveness and it didn’t work – the person left the ministry. I went into the doldrums and for a week I looked like a haggardly desert hermit.

One morning I read, Psalm 25:7:

Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; According to Your lovingkindness remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.  NASB95

Grace replaced self-condemnation. A timely word from God brings freedom.

The Psalms are written as “timely words” to encourage, challenge, and empower. I read Psalms most days and have underlined or bookmarked verses that have been “timely words” from God.

Several years ago, I began texting these verses to others. I would hear of a sickness or difficulty – and like you – even as a pastor, my words failed. I didn’t know what to say so I began texting Psalms.

Praying for you.  Psalm 25:20

Not always Psalm 25:20 (it is great when we make a mistake). Below are my favorite texting verses.

You have put gladness in my heart.  Psalm 4:7

May the fire of God fall on your heart.  Psalm 5:3 TPT

May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble.  Psalm 20:1

May He grant you your heart’s desire.  Psalm 20:4

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  Psalm 27:1

You have been my help.  Psalm 63:7

He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.  Psalm 91:11

Who pardons all your sins and heals all your diseases.  Psalm 103:3

Please read the list above over and over a few times. Imagine that you have just received a text from me. Whenever you read the above verses the Spirit will speak – to you!

Texting Psalms!

C0nsider starting the discipline with your family and friends.

Praying for you.  Psalm 16:11!