Psalm 27 & Proverbs 27
This is the passage of Scripture from Psalm 27 & Proverbs 27. If you have any additional comments or questions, please ask! I hope that I can continue to keep up with reading. In the past, I have gleaned much comfort from reading.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
2 When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.
3 Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.
4 The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
Concealing Me in Times of Trouble
5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
6 Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music.
7 Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me!
8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
9 Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in anger. You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation!
10 Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.
11 Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me.
12 Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I’ve never done; with every breath they threaten me with violence.
13 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.
14 Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Verses 1 and 3 are very precious to me. During a time, in my life, that was wrought with so much pain and confusion…these words were my strength. I would listen to this song, by Kutless, on a loop. It is called Strong Tower. The words, to this day, give me a peace that surpasses all understanding.
My enemies were my mind, people, and memories. I didn’t have the ooey-gooey sweet memories. These were hardcore, life-changing memories. My enemies have nothing on my God and I know that He keeps me in that Tower.
When Trouble Comes
Verse 5 talks about how He hides me when that trouble comes. Lately (well, within the last 5 yrs), lots of trouble has flowed my way. Whether it is kid-related, health-related, or wolves in sheep’s clothing…it has been tough. Tough waters to navigate.
When I read this verse it helps me know that because I am a child of God, I am untouchable. He holds me high where I cannot be devoured. I have to stop thinking and overprocessing every little thing. Trust. It is so hard for me.
Teaching and Patience
He created me, therefore He knows that I struggle with patience. I do not even pray for it anymore. My prayer, a lot of the time, is the strength to get through a particular thing or issue that I am having. I do need to pray for a more teachable spirit in regards to certain areas of my life. I need to remember that He says “come and talk with me.” My heart needs to respond better than the “in a minute, gotta scroll through Facebook.” :/
Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring.
2 Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth—a stranger, not your own lips.
3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, but the resentment caused by a fool is even heavier.
4 Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood, but jealousy is even more dangerous.
5 An open rebuke is better than hidden love!
6 Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.
7 A person who is full refuses honey, but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry.
8 A person who strays from home is like a bird that strays from its nest.
Friends and Counsel
9 The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.
10 Never abandon a friend—either yours or your father’s. When disaster strikes, you won’t have to ask your brother for assistance. It’s better to go to a neighbor than to a brother who lives far away.
11 Be wise, my child, and make my heart glad. Then I will be able to answer my critics.
12 A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
13 Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.
14 A loud and cheerful greeting early in the morning will be taken as a curse!
15 A quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping on a rainy day.
16 Stopping her complaints is like trying to stop the wind or trying to hold something with greased hands.
17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.
18 As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded.
19 As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.
20 Just as Death and Destruction are never satisfied, so human desire is never satisfied.
21 Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised.
22 You cannot separate fools from their foolishness, even though you grind them like grain with mortar and pestle.
23 Know the state of your flocks, and put your heart into caring for your herds, 24 for riches don’t last forever, and the crown might not be passed to the next generation.
25 After the hay is harvested and the new crop appears and the mountain grasses are gathered in, 26 your sheep will provide wool for clothing, and your goats will provide the price of a field.
27 And you will have enough goats’ milk for yourself, your family, and your servant girls.
Proverbs Can be Confusing (To Me Anyway)
It is pretty straightforward, most of the time. Sometimes it is repetitive to get that certain point across. Don’t be a braggart, don’t be a fool. Be mindful of your anger and jealousy (that can creep up out of nowhere).
Verses 9 & 17 talks about the importance of friendship and good counsel. We have finally found a church that preaches grace, Truth, love, and reality. I see our pastor as our friend and approachable. There is a sense of security in knowing you have the freedom (grace, love, and forgiveness) to say the things you need to say. Without fear of condemnation, accusations, or ill feelings.
I’m blessed to have him (and his sweet wife) as friends, counselors, teachers, and just good humans. There is a distance that I maintain with people, most people. I was told once, by someone I hold so dear to my heart, that I hold people at an arm’s length. There is not a moment that I let them get too close. I guess the fear of judgment is a reason for that.
In hindsight, I think I knew I did this. However, I was not aware that anyone would ever call me out on it. She did with love and curiosity. This woman…her husband…they are precious to me. I have lots of people I know, as we all do. There are few that I let my guard down with. I can probably count on one hand (even that, just a few fingers) of those who know the good, bad, and ugly. Yet, they still love me.
I am blessed.