Morning, April 14
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Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom,
        but a fool's eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
While there is something to be said for having big dreams, this proverb points out the folly of chasing fantasies. How much better to align your goals with God's, being the kind of person he wants you to be! Such goals (wisdom, honesty, patience, love) may not seem exciting, but they will determine your eternal future.
Take time to think about your dreams and goals, and make sure they cover the really important areas of life.
Psalm 22:7  All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head.

Mockery was a great ingredient in our Lord's woe. Judas mocked him in the garden; the chief priests and scribes laughed him to scorn; Herod set him at nought; the servants and the soldiers jeered at him, and brutally insulted him; Pilate and his guards ridiculed his royalty; and on the tree all sorts of horrid jests and hideous taunts were hurled at him. Ridicule is always hard to bear, but when we are in intense pain it is so heartless, so cruel, that it cuts us to the quick. Imagine the Saviour crucified, racked with anguish far beyond all mortal guess, and then picture that motley multitude, all wagging their heads or thrusting out the lip in bitterest contempt of one poor suffering victim! Surely there must have been something more in the crucified One than they could see, or else such a great and mingled crowd would not unanimously have honored him with such contempt. Was it not evil confessing, in the very moment of its greatest apparent triumph, that after all it could do no more than mock at that victorious goodness which was then reigning on the cross? O Jesus, "despised and rejected of men," how couldst thou die for men who treated thee so ill? Herein is love amazing, love divine, yea, love beyond degree. We, too, have despised thee in the days of our unregeneracy, and even since our new birth we have set the world on high in our hearts, and yet thou bleedest to heal our wounds, and diest to give us life. O that we could set thee on a glorious high throne in all men's hearts! We would ring out thy praises over land and sea till men should as universally adore as once they did unanimously reject.

"Thy creatures wrong thee, O thou sovereign Good!

Thou art not loved, because not understood:

This grieves me most, that vain pursuits beguile

Ungrateful men, regardless of thy smile."

Psalm 63:5,6  My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips. • When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches,

Psalm 139:17,18  How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! • If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.

Psalm 119:103  How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Songs 1:2  "May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine.

Psalm 73:25  Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.

Psalm 45:2  You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Songs 2:3,4  "If she is a wall, We will build on her a battlement of silver; But if she is a door, We will barricade her with planks of cedar." • "I was a wall, and my breasts were like towers; Then I became in his eyes as one who finds peace.

Songs 5:15,16  "His legs are pillars of alabaster Set on pedestals of pure gold; His appearance is like Lebanon Choice as the cedars. • "His mouth is full of sweetness. And he is wholly desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem."

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