Psalm 28 & Proverbs 28
Today is all about Psalm 28 & Proverbs 28. I am reading from the New Living Translation Bible. This is not one that I normally study out of, but my older Bible is already pretty marked up. I wanted clean pages for new thoughts.
A psalm of David.
1 I pray to you, O Lord, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die.
2 Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary.
3 Do not drag me away with the wicked—with those who do evil—those who speak friendly words to their neighbors while planning evil in their hearts.
4 Give them the punishment they so richly deserve! Measure it out in proportion to their wickedness. Pay them back for all their evil deeds! Give them a taste of what they have done to others.
5 They care nothing for what the Lord has done or for what his hands have made. So he will tear them down, and they will never be rebuilt!
6 Praise the Lord! For he has heard my cry for mercy.
7 The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.
8 The Lord gives his people strength. He is a safe fortress for his anointed king.
9 Save your people! Bless Israel, your special possession. Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them in your arms forever.
Verses 1 & 2 tear at my heart. I have found myself praying those verses a whole lot over the last few years. There have been moments when I have been so angry that I cannot pray. In those moments, I am thankful for those who have stood in the gap for me.
Yet, I fear, that He will turn His head away from me. Now, knowing what I know to be true, I know that the thought process is wrong. As His child, He is always there…listening to me. Watching me. Waiting for ME to turn my head back to Him not the other way around.
Twirling Back Around
Verses 6-8 is back to that Strong Tower that I know that He is! I’m so thankful that He places me in that Tower! those sheep in wolves’ clothing will devour me. He has given me a good spirit of discernment, yet sometimes I ignore my gut. Thankful that He saves me!
Proverbs 28: Section 1
May I be as bold as the lions! What a thing that would be. There are moments when that thought overpowers me. I feel the strength of my Savior in me. If “He is for me” type of feeling. Then, there are moments when that feeling is not as strong and I falter. I allow people/situations to devour me and I have a spirit of defeat. As believers, we ALL have that lion within us. Be bold and strong!
The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.
2 When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.
3 A poor person who oppresses the poor is like a pounding rain that destroys the crops.
4 To reject the law is to praise the wicked; to obey the law is to fight them.
5 Evil people don’t understand justice, but those who follow the Lord understand completely.
I know that the love of money is the root of all illness. Yet, here I am wishing I had money. That is my flesh and I know that. I have all these “needs” but are they need or wants? In my eyes they are needs but in reality, they aren’t. The debt we are in is the debt of our own making. Want good credit? Take out a loan. Get a credit card (no I don’t have a CC). Gotta build that score up to get more money. NO. That is a lie from the pit of hell. Things can be paid with good old fashioned saving up. It is harder and it takes time but it can be done.
6 Better to be poor and honest than to be dishonest and rich.
7 Young people who obey the law are wise; those with wild friends bring shame to their parents.
8 Income from charging high interest rates will end up in the pocket of someone who is kind to the poor.
9 God detests the prayers of a person who ignores the law.
10 Those who lead good people along an evil path will fall into their own trap, but the honest will inherit good things.
Gracious. Verses 13 & 14 are two verses that I am dealing with right now with a child. I tell my children all the time that Light will be shone on their darkness. It does not pay to try and hide things. Even when I don’t see it, Jesus does and it grieves His heart. Confess. Ask forgiveness. Repent. Turn away. Do not be stubborn! This makes my heart ACHE.
11 Rich people may think they are wise, but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.
12 When the godly succeed, everyone is glad. When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding.
13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
14 Blessed are those who fear to do wrong, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.
15 A wicked ruler is as dangerous to the poor as a roaring lion or an attacking bear.
16 A ruler with no understanding will oppress his people, but one who hates corruption will have a long life.
17 A murderer’s tormented conscience will drive him into the grave. Don’t protect him!
18 The blameless will be rescued from harm, but the crooked will be suddenly destroyed.
19 A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies ends up in poverty.
20 The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.
Verse 23 is something that I need to focus on. Not just for me to give honest criticism, but for me to do so with tact. I lack that. Also, I need to humble myself when someone gives me honest criticism. I need not take it as an attack but receive it out of love and correction.
I may need to plaster verse 24 all over my house…just saying. We have issues all up in here with a couple of kids. It is exhausting. However, the bright side is this issue has been so pressing and the Lord just gave me a straight answer that I can give to my kids!
21 Showing partiality is never good, yet some will do wrong for a mere piece of bread.
22 Greedy people try to get rich quick but don’t realize they’re headed for poverty.
23 In the end, people appreciate honest criticism far more than flattery.
24 Anyone who steals from his father and mother and says, “What’s wrong with that?” is no better than a murderer.
25 Greed causes fighting; trusting the Lord leads to prosperity.
Wisdom…oh to be as wise as Solomon. With age, that comes a bit more yet I am so far from being “wise.” I get tickled with people who come to me for advice, words, or counsel. The Lord has gifted me with the ability to sympathize and empathize with others. I can see things clearly, usually, in other situations. Yet, in my own life…my waters are muddy.
May I never trust my own insight and always look to Truth for the answers! It is always there. If you need it, pray for the Holy Spirit to guide your fingers or your eyes. I know for a fact, you will find the answers in the Word. Whoever gives to the poor…that is pretty self-explanatory LOL.
26 Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe.
27 Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.
28 When the wicked take charge, people go into hiding. When the wicked meet disaster, the godly flourish.