Many years ago, the parable of finding a single penny (one cent) was given to me as being One Sent by the LORD. Finding a penny is a simple reminder to stop and ask the LORD if there is someone special to whom HE would like me to share HIS love. Last week, while vacuuming my vehicle at a car wash, I came across 34 pennies in a neat little pile on the cement. As it is the season of snow and ice, it is not a common time for me to go to a car wash. This car wash had recently reopened for $3.00 car washes and so I went to encourage the reopening of their business in the middle of winter, the week before Christmas. When I inquired of the Holy Spirit about the pennies, Psalm 34 came to mind. May it bless your soul and spirit as much as it did mine.
Psalm 34 ~ A Psalm of David
I will bless the LORD at all times His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul will make its boast in the LORD, the humble will hear it and rejoice.
O magnify the LORD with me and let us exalt HIS name together.
I sought the LORD, and HE answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
They looked to HIM and were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and save him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear HIM, and rescues them.
O TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD.
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in HIM!
O fear the LORD, you HIS saints; for to those who fear HIM there is no want.
The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.
Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Who is the man who desires life and loves length of days that he may see good?
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and HIS ears are open to their cry.
The face of the LORD is against evildoers,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
The righteous cry, and the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
HE keeps all his bones, not one of them is broken.
Evil shall slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The LORD redeems the souls of HIS servants, and none of those who take refuge in HIM will be condemned.