Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
LORD Jesus, we praise You for providing for our daily needs. We are grateful for all the people that You are sending into our life to encourage and comfort us. Enable us, O God we pray, that we may be such encouragers and comforters to others as well. Let Your Light shine and go before us and let Your Word richly dwell among Your People. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad.
Is there someone in your life who is in need of an encouragement today? It might not even come through your words but by your presence alone. You just being there could make a major difference to the one whose heart is heavy.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.
Could it be that there is a person who is in desperate need of a product of your work today? It doesn’t have to be of immense value nor does it have to cost you a lot. The item could be an expensive coat you have bought to share with a person in need, a homemade blanket made with love and out of scraps of fabric, or even just an offer to “heat up the kettle” to share a cup of tea and listen to someone in need of a chat. Believe me, to the person in need it is worth a lot — even just the thought of it could mean the world to her.
I love the story in Acts 9:36-43 of a “certain disciple named Tabitha” (also translated Dorcas). Verse 36 says she was “full of good works and charitable deeds.” However, she became sick and died. The people were really sad and sent for Peter. He came to their place. The Bible says that “all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made” (v. 39). After having all others leave the room, Peter knelt down and prayed and turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, arise.” She opened her eyes and Peter lifted her up. He presented her to the others and they were happy she was alive again. What a testimony — Praise the LORD.
Yes, Dorcas was famous because of her good works and charitable deeds. And, yes, it was a miracle that Peter did in the name of the LORD. But that’s not the greatest thing that happened during that and in the following days. God’s Word, in verse 42, continues to say:
And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.
Praise the LORD and declare His mighty acts among the people.