Psalm 31 & Proverbs 31
Here is my interpretation of Psalm 31 & Proverbs 31. Proverbs 31 is a very popular passage that is quoted so very much. I hear a lot, how women “strive” to be the Proverbs 31 woman. Trials, here on Earth, are to continually refine us to look more like Jesus. However, we will not be complete in that transformation until we enter the gates of Heaven.
For the choir director: A psalm of David.
1 O Lord, I have come to you for protection;
don’t let me be disgraced.
Save me, for you do what is right.
2 Turn your ear to listen to me;
rescue me quickly.
Be my rock of protection,
a fortress where I will be safe.
3 You are my rock and my fortress.
For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger.
4 Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me,
for I find protection in you alone.
5 I entrust my spirit into your hand.
Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.
Oh my goodness. This first set of Scripture is directly speaking to the issues we have faced last week and what is coming up this week. We are in the direct fire of enemies. The Lord will be glorified through it all. He is my Rock and my Fortress. He will take this situation, shine Light on it, and we will be protected. Pray for us, this week…Big Daddy, me…more importantly, a couple of my children.
6 I hate those who worship worthless idols.
I trust in the Lord.
7 I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,
for you have seen my troubles,
and you care about the anguish of my soul.
8 You have not handed me over to my enemies
but have set me in a safe place.
9 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress.
Tears blur my eyes.
My body and soul are withering away.
10 I am dying from grief;
my years are shortened by sadness.
Sin has drained my strength;
I am wasting away from within.
Wow. Just wow. How faithful is He that He would allow me to read His Word and it is directly related to a current issue. Tears have blurred my eyes..grief is abundant. Yet, He sees my troubles and I am to rejoice! He will not hand me or this issue over to be eaten by those wolves. May He be glorified.
11 I am scorned by all my enemies
and despised by my neighbors—
even my friends are afraid to come near me.
When they see me on the street,
they run the other way.
12 I am ignored as if I were dead,
as if I were a broken pot.
13 I have heard the many rumors about me,
and I am surrounded by terror.
My enemies conspire against me,
plotting to take my life.
14 But I am trusting you, O Lord,
saying, “You are my God!”
15 My future is in your hands.
Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
This set speaks to one of my sons. He is being targeted and bullied by children and “authorities”. I am going to have him read these verses to give him comfort. He needs to trust that his voice will be heard. His Earthly father and mother and his Heavenly Father will be his voice. Please pray for him.
16 Let your favor shine on your servant.
In your unfailing love, rescue me.
17 Don’t let me be disgraced, O Lord,
for I call out to you for help.
Let the wicked be disgraced;
let them lie silent in the grave.
18 Silence their lying lips—
those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.
19 How great is the goodness
you have stored up for those who fear you.
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,
blessing them before the watching world.
20 You hide them in the shelter of your presence,
safe from those who conspire against them.
You shelter them in your presence,
far from accusing tongues.
Verse 18: Uhm, yes please. This. This will be our prayer before we walk into the lion’s den. All of this. Just yes.
21 Praise the Lord,
for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love.
He kept me safe when my city was under attack.
22 In panic I cried out,
“I am cut off from the Lord!”
But you heard my cry for mercy
and answered my call for help.
23 Love the Lord, all you godly ones!
For the Lord protects those who are loyal to him,
but he harshly punishes the arrogant.
24 So be strong and courageous,
all you who put your hope in the Lord!
He will redeem us! I pray that truth, regardless of what it is, reigns. That we are humble in resolution and forgiving for those who have hurt him. I will not let the fear of “is he telling the truth or him telling the truth or is that one telling the truth.” Fear is a liar. I pray for clarity, discernment, and concrete evidence. In that, my hope is that my son is remembering things correctly and there is evidence to prove that. Bullies are not just kid on kid. Adults can abuse their authority and bully, as well.
The Sayings of King Lemuel
1 The sayings of King Lemuel contain this message, which his mother taught him.
2 O my son, O son of my womb,
O son of my vows,
3 do not waste your strength on women,
on those who ruin kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine.
Rulers should not crave alcohol.
5 For if they drink, they may forget the law
and not give justice to the oppressed.
6 Alcohol is for the dying,
and wine for those in bitter distress.
7 Let them drink to forget their poverty
and remember their troubles no more.
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
9 Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.
This passage, to me, solidifies that it is not wise for me to drink. Now, I’m not saying if you do drink or have a glass of wine that you are doomed to hell. I don’t believe that either. Everything done should be done in moderation. That is between you and Jesus. I have zero desire to look in the speck in someone else’s eye.
For me, addiction is quite literally in my genes. Alcohol is at the forefront of that. I have seen the devastation and sadness an excess of alcohol can do to a person and a family. Thankfully, I know myself well enough to know that I need to use great wisdom in that area, so just stay away from it.
I have such a passion for speaking up for those who cannot find their voices or who don’t have a voice. The foster care system is something that is close to my heart. For a period of time, I was a CASA worker.
I love the fact that these (mostly) volunteers are just that. The voices of the children. Speak up for these kids, they need to be heard in a safe manner. There are so many other organizations. In our community, we have the Merryman House that is the voice for domestic violence. It is such a blessing to turn outward and to help others in need.
A Wife of Noble Character
10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.
19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm clothes.
22 She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24 She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”
In the End
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.
Again…this is what most women aspire to be. These verses are self-explanatory, in my opinion. She works hard. Loves her husband and children. She is wise with money, is not lazy and does not do idleness.