Two Life-Changing Verses to Remember Every Morning 

If you’re like me, when you wake up each day, you have to remember pretty much… everything.  

“Oh yeah. I’m conscious again. My name is… ‘Brant’? Yes, Brant. I am a bipedal hominid. I inhabit Earth.” 

Stuff like that. And then I get some coffee, and walk our dog, Cozy. And while I’m walking her, I review a couple verses of the Bible in my head that have been big for me the last few years. They put everything in perspective for the day ahead, so I thought I’d share them with you. 

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Psalm 23:1 

The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing. 

That’s how world-famous Psalm 23 starts.  

Since most people think of it the King James Version way (“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”) we may not be used to reading it like this. I certainly wasn’t. But there it is, and for those of us unused to Elizabethan uses of “shall”, it hits much harder: 

I lack nothing. (NIV) 

I have everything I need. (NLT) 

Do I believe that? I have to believe that. 

If the Lord is my shepherd, I already have everything I need.  

If He is your shepherd, so do you.  

Everything you need for the day that faces you? You have it. 

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And here’s another one (I do love the King James version of this. It’s pure poetry.) 

Psalm 143:8

Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning 

For in thee do I trust 

Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk 

For I lift up my soul unto thee. 

I’ve never been great at memorizing scripture, but I’m getting better at it, and I’ve got this one down. I even put it to a little tune in my head.  

God’s “lovingkindness” here is His intense, fierce loyalty. I need to hear this again and again. He’s not leaving me, even when, if I were him, I certainly would say, “Okay, Brant, I’m out.”   

So I say this one out loud. I’m asking God to help me hear, again, His loyalty, crystal-clear.  

And if it shows me the way I should walk today?  

Well, then I’m golden. I’m safe.  
 
These verses remind me who I am, who He is, and that I’m not only on Earth, I’m on solid ground. 

Brant Hansen

Morning Show Host, STAR 93.3


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7 Comments

  1. Wende on November 7, 2022 at 6:37 am

    Thanks for sharing! What a wonderful way to start your day!

    • Betty Simcox on November 7, 2022 at 8:17 pm

      This really is encouraging. Thank you.

  2. Courteney R. Straus on November 7, 2022 at 6:48 am

    Thank you so much for this, Brant! I’ve been struggling with my morning routine for a little while now, and this just hits home where my mind should be each and every day I awake with the breath of the Lord in my lungs. Thank you!

  3. Connie M on November 7, 2022 at 10:54 am

    The word ‘AWESOME’ is so overused these days, But these recommendations are truly awesome. What wonderful reminders of whose we are and His loving faithfulness. In the overall scheme of things, does anything else really matter?

    • Betty Simcox on November 7, 2022 at 8:18 pm

      This really is encouraging. Thank you for sharing anew look at Psalms 23.

      • M.G. on November 15, 2022 at 11:26 pm

        I often wake up pretty much the same way – With “everything” in my head and a bunch of dreaded lists and unhelpful emotions, like anxiety or depression, and overwhelm. Thank you for two helpful pegs to hang all those thoughts on.

        I also try to remember to thank Him for the day and for waking me up,, and I’m trying to remember to commit the day to him. Proverbs 16:3. and 16:9. These are two good verses that give me confidence to trust Him about my plans for the day. (1st, they will succeed, 2nd, He will direct my steps and make them sure.)

  4. Rich Hamm on November 8, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    My wife sent this to me today and it lifted me up.  I always need a reminder who He is and what I mean to him.  There was something that struck me reading Brant’s words.  Specifically,  “And if it shows me the way I should walk today?  Well, then I’m golden. I’m safe.” I thought about this a while and then the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Came to mind where the youngest daughter (Lucy I think) asks if Aslan is Safe.  The response was from Mr. Beaver is “…no, of course he is not safe but he is good!  I don’t think the paths Christ put us on are not for our safety, but to bring for our good, to bring us closer to him and, quite frankly, make us dangerous to the enemy.  I like to think I am dangerous to the enemy anyways…..

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