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Psalm 26 & Proverbs 26

Psalm 26 & Proverbs 26

Psalm 26 & Proverbs 26

For a bit…forever…for now, I am going to be posting a Psalm and a Proverb for the corresponding day of the week.  I hope I can keep up. This will keep me accountable for staying in the Word.  It seems the older I get the passages I read and reread mean something new.  I hope you enjoy it.

Psalm 26

A psalm of David.

Declare me innocent, O Lord,
    for I have acted with integrity;
    I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me.
    Test my motives and my heart.
For I am always aware of your unfailing love,
    and I have lived according to your truth.
I do not spend time with liars
    or go along with hypocrites.
I hate the gatherings of those who do evil,
    and I refuse to join in with the wicked.
I wash my hands to declare my innocence.
    I come to your altar, O Lord,
singing a song of thanksgiving
    and telling of all your wonders.
I love your sanctuary, Lord,
    the place where your glorious presence dwells.

Don’t let me suffer the fate of sinners.
    Don’t condemn me along with murderers.
10 Their hands are dirty with evil schemes,
    and they constantly take bribes.
11 But I am not like that; I live with integrity.
    So redeem me and show me mercy.
12 Now I stand on solid ground,
    and I will publicly praise the Lord.

My Thoughts

Integrity means “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.”  Honesty is important to me.  Don’t get me wrong.  People lie.  They lie all the time.  There are big lies, deliberate lies, lies by omission, stretching of the truth lies, etc.  We are not immune to deceit.

I hope and pray that I can have a clear picture of when any of those types of lies enter my realm.  Whether the lies come from another person (I pray for discernment) or me (I pray that the Lord strikes my conscience and I repent).

Awareness

I am keenly aware of His unfailing love.  That does not escape me.  However, I have doubted that love in the past.  My trials have clouded my thoughts, vision, and thinking at times.  The loss of children, loved ones, my marriage struggles, the health of my son, and so on.

Yet, I know when I am too weak to see that love or I question that love, I know what to do.  I do not hesitate to call on my parents, my sisters, my pastor, husband, and close friends.  They pray when I have no words to pray.  These people intercede on my behalf and for that, I am so grateful.

I pray that I can be a woman of integrity.

Proverbs 26

Honor is no more associated with fools than snow with summer or rain with harvest.

Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.

Guide a horse with a whip, a donkey with a bridle, and a fool with a rod to his back!

Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are.

Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation.

Trusting a fool to convey a message is like cutting off one’s feet or drinking poison!

A proverb in the mouth of a fool is as useless as a paralyzed leg.

Honoring a fool is as foolish as tying a stone to a slingshot.

A proverb in the mouth of a fool is like a thorny branch brandished by a drunk.

10 An employer who hires a fool or a bystander is like an archer who shoots at random.

11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.

12 There is more hope for fools than for people who think they are wise.

Lazy People

13 The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road!  Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!”

14 As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed.

15 Lazy people take food in their hand but don’t even lift it to their mouth.

16 Lazy people consider themselves smarter than seven wise counselors.

17 Interfering in someone else’s argument is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ears.

Discernment

18 Just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon 19 is someone who lies to a friend and then says, “I was only joking.”

20 Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.

21 A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.

22 Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.

23 Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot.

24 People may cover their hatred with pleasant words, but they’re deceiving you.

25 They pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them. Their hearts are full of many evils.

26 While their hatred may be concealed by trickery, their wrongdoing will be exposed in public.

27 If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself.  If you roll a boulder down on others,
    it will crush you instead.

28 A lying tongue hates its victims, and flattering words cause ruin.

My Thoughts on Fools

Wow.  Pretty clear what Scripture says about fools.  I’ve been fooled more times than I can count.  When I am aware of this, it angers me.  I am angry with myself for falling prey to those that mean me harm.  Those wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15).

Sometimes I see it and I ignore it.  There are times when Big Daddy sees it, tries to warn me and I do not heed his warning.  Then, there are times when I am blindsided.  Recently, I have been made *very* aware of the fakeness of social media.

Social Media

Don’t get me wrong.  I use it.  If a friend and I disagree on something, I don’t hold it against them.  There is no arguing.  I utilize the unfollow button LOL.  Now, however, I feel as if I cannot ignore warnings anymore.

My posts, here, automatically upload to different outlets.  I’m not going to prevent that.  There may be something we are going through that may help another person.  On the flip side of these automatic postings, I feel like my time needs to be limited.  Because as you read on through this Scripture, it talks about the fool and leads into laziness.

Thoughts on Laziness

Social media can make me lazy.  When I’m bored, I scroll.  Oh, when I don’t want to do something, I scroll.  Then there is waiting in line scroll.  The doctor’s office scroll.  Let’s update everyone on the happenings and whereabouts of life scroll.

I’m sort of over it.  All I see is bra ads.  Dating site ads.  Exercise ads.  Hate posts.  Holier than thou posts.  My little square is better than your square posts.  You know.  All the mundane things of life.

These 4 Verses

23 Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a clay pot.

24 People may cover their hatred with pleasant words, but they’re deceiving you.

25 They pretend to be kind, but don’t believe them.  Their hearts are full of many evils.
26 While their hatred may be concealed by trickery, their wrongdoing will be exposed in public.

Dang.

That’s to the point right there.  I am dealing with that right now.  People who use “smooth words” and the heart those words are hiding.  They are deceiving and Light will be shone on it.  I am not immune from these words either and that frightens me.  The words that come from your (my) mouth are dangerous.  Sadly, I have used my words lately to not lift some people up.  Just the opposite, in fact.  The Lord has been weighing this on me.

It is a burden that is heavy for me to carry but not heavy for Him.  I have to choose to repent, turn away, have the Holy Spirit keep me in check, apologize to others, and forgive myself.  In Him, my shame is undone.

For Now

I will put things up that have meaning to me.  Scripture.  Taking the moments to tell people they are precious to me.  Large family celebration moments.  Health updates on my son.  There are people that love my family and are vested in them.  So many people say they will pray when something comes up.  Those are the things I treasure.

Don’t let social media eat you up.  Use it to glorify God.  Give someone a compliment.  Tell them they are loved.  Scroll past the hate. Don’t dive headfirst into an argument.  It isn’t worth it!

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