Psalm 32 & Proverbs 1
Here we are, the beginning of the month. We are continuing on with Psalm 32 & Proverbs 1. I will continue on with Psalm and move to Proverbs 1. When I get to Proverbs 25, I will stop because I will have completed that book. So, after that, I will continue with Psalm (splitting up some of the longer passages) and moving onto a different book when Proverbs is finished.
A psalm of David.
1 Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those
whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
3 When I refused to confess my sin,
my body wasted away,
and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Verse 1. Amen and amen! The Lord casts are sins as far as from the east to the west for those that are His children. What a glorious promise. At the end of the day, all darkness will have Light shone on it. You cannot hide your sin from Christ. He is there when you are committing it!
Even when we are alone and no one will ever know…He knows. Also, He sees. Lastly, He is there and His Spirit is grieved for the “free-will” choices that we make. Listen to the gentle voice that says “stop.”
6 Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time,
that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
7 For you are my hiding place;
you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory.
8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.
9 Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
10 Many sorrows come to the wicked,
but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord.
11 So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him!
Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!
I love these verses. So simple yet so profound. He is our hiding place. The narrow path he gave us is shrouded with trees of protection. He keeps us safe. Though we stumble and fall…He is there to pick us up, dust us off, and hold our hand. Repent. Turn away. Give thanks in all circumstances!
The Purpose of Proverbs
1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.
2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline,
to help them understand the insights of the wise.
3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,
to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
4 These proverbs will give insight to the simple,
knowledge and discernment to the young.
5 Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.
Let those with understanding receive guidance
6 by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Well…that is self-explanatory now isn’t it LOL
A Father’s Exhortation: Acquire Wisdom
8 My child, listen when your father corrects you.
Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
9 What you learn from them will crown you with grace
and be a chain of honor around your neck.
10 My child, if sinners entice you,
turn your back on them!
11 They may say, “Come and join us.
Let’s hide and kill someone!
Just for fun, let’s ambush the innocent!
12 Let’s swallow them alive, like the grave;
let’s swallow them whole, like those who go down to the pit of death.
Oh, how I wish that my kids would tattoo verse 8 on their foreheads. Having said that, I’m sure my parents wish it was tattooed on my forehead when I was younger too! Wisdom does come with age, only when you are rooted deep in the Word. The Word imparts on you that wisdom that we all so desperately need to survive.
I was telling one of my children today that had this child listened to wisdom, money would not have been wasted. Yet, in her immature way, she was impatient. How many times have I not listened to my parents? I shiver at the thought of how much I could have avoided had I listened to the wisdom of my Oak.
13 Think of the great things we’ll get!
We’ll fill our houses with all the stuff we take.
14 Come, throw in your lot with us;
we’ll all share the loot.”
15 My child, don’t go along with them!
Stay far away from their paths.
16 They rush to commit evil deeds.
They hurry to commit murder.
17 If a bird sees a trap being set,
it knows to stay away.
18 But these people set an ambush for themselves;
they are trying to get themselves killed.
19 Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money;
it robs them of life.
Starting back at verse 9-14, this is the wide road that so many of us travel down. That road is filled with all the things. The appearance of money, fame, health, all things shiny and good. It is so enticing to see all of that.
What we don’t see is thought it looks as if it is paved with gold, once you step foot on it, it turns your body green. That fakeness of life. The enticement ends up costing us more than what we had bargained.
Be wise. Listen to wise counsel. Ask for advice from trusted people. I cannot strive this thought enough.
Wisdom Shouts in the Streets
20 Wisdom shouts in the streets.
She cries out in the public square.
21 She calls to the crowds along the main street,
to those gathered in front of the city gate:
22 “How long, you simpletons,
will you insist on being simpleminded?
How long will you mockers relish your mocking?
How long will you fools hate knowledge?
23 Come and listen to my counsel.
I’ll share my heart with you
and make you wise.
24 “I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come.
I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.
Listen, children of mine!!!!!! “Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise. I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. Also, I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.”
Literally, I ache at that. Those verses are screaming at me, tonight. There are people that I seek counsel from. Not many, but the few that I have, I absorb what they say. My mentor, my best friend Ms. Jo was one of those people. She opened her mouth and you sat and listened.
Now, on the other side of youth, I talk to my parents, my sisters. I have a dear friend that I feel safe enough to bounce things off of when I need too. After years of searching, I have a pastor that is also a friend. I do not hesitate to call or text him or his wife when I am in need.
Find your people. Get a mentor. Limit yourself though. Make sure they are not wolves in sheep’s clothing. When you do, you will not regret it.
25 You ignored my advice
and rejected the correction I offered.
26 So I will laugh when you are in trouble!
I will mock you when disaster overtakes you—
27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone,
and anguish and distress overwhelm you.
28 “When they cry for help, I will not answer.
Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.
29 For they hated knowledge
and chose not to fear the Lord.
30 They rejected my advice
and paid no attention when I corrected them.
31 Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way,
choking on their own schemes.
32 For simpletons turn away from me—to death.
Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.
33 But all who listen to me will live in peace,
untroubled by fear of harm.”
Hahahaha….verse 25. Uhm, yes. Yes, I did. I ignored a lot. My children ignore me a lot. However, I do not laugh or mock when disaster overtakes them. Honestly, my statement is you make the choices. Whether they (or I) seek counsel, there are natural consequences to every choice made. Some are good consequences. Sadly, some are bad. God always loves, yet He there are still consequences to good/bad choices.
My children (and I) have found that those natural bad consequences are worse than any punishment I could ever give them or myself. I pray that we all learn from them. Repent. Turn away. Do better. Seek wisdom. The more we seek it, the more wisdom we store up for later use!