Psalm 33 & Proverbs 2
Here we are at Psalm 33 & Proverbs 2. I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am. If you aren’t, this is a great thing for me to look back on. Every time I read through Scripture, something new speaks to me. Over the years, the same Scripture can mean something different. It is nice to look back on this and see where I was at one point in my life.
1 Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord;
it is fitting for the pure to praise him.
2 Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre;
make music for him on the ten-stringed harp.
3 Sing a new song of praise to him;
play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.
4 For the word of the Lord holds true,
and we can trust everything he does.
5 He loves whatever is just and good;
the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth.
Trust. That is tricky for me. I do not trust people. There are times when I do not trust myself. Honestly, there have been times when I did not trust the Sovereignty of the Lord. I mean, why lie?
Anger has consumed me to a point where the Lord and I were not on speaking terms. Moments where there was a lot of yelling going on (mainly by me). At that moment, I realized that, though He is perfect and Holy…I needed to forgive Him. I simply couldn’t move forward.
In my head and heart, I know that He is did nothing that needed to be forgiven. I know that. Yet, in order for me to heal, that is what needed to happen. When it did, I felt like 100 elephants were lifted off my shoulders. I could breathe again.
6 The Lord merely spoke,
and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word,
and all the stars were born.
7 He assigned the sea its boundaries
and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.
8 Let the whole world fear the Lord,
and let everyone stand in awe of him.
9 For when he spoke, the world began!
It appeared at his command.
10 The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations
and thwarts all their schemes.
How awesome and mighty is He? My mind cannot even comprehend.
11 But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever;
his intentions can never be shaken.
12 What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord,
whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.
13 The Lord looks down from heaven
and sees the whole human race.
14 From his throne he observes
all who live on the earth.
15 He made their hearts,
so he understands everything they do.
Verse 15 goes back to those first few verses. He knew my heart. The pain that I was in due to circumstances that were beyond my control. Free-will. It’s not a fun thing but we are human and that free-will will never be taken from us.
God will ABSOLUTELY put more on us than we can handle. Do you wanna know why? Because if we could handle it, we would not be in need of a Savior. It grows our trust and faith in Him. Refines us to look more like Jesus as we seek Him for our every need.
16 The best-equipped army cannot save a king,
nor is great strength enough to save a warrior.
17 Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory—
for all its strength, it cannot save you.
18 But the Lord watches over those who fear him,
those who rely on his unfailing love.
19 He rescues them from death
and keeps them alive in times of famine.
20 We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone.
Hope…it is the tie that binds.
The Benefits of Wisdom
1 My child, listen to what I say,
and treasure my commands.
2 Tune your ears to wisdom,
and concentrate on understanding.
3 Cry out for insight,
and ask for understanding.
4 Search for them as you would for silver;
seek them like hidden treasures.
5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord,
and you will gain knowledge of God.
Oh, how I have been trying to tune my ears to wisdom. I am crying out for discernment in the issues that are facing our family right now. Trust. I will choose to trust in Him. He has the perfect provision in mind and in place for the issues that face us this coming week.
God is bigger.
6 For the Lord grants wisdom!
From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
8 He guards the paths of the just
and protects those who are faithful to him.
9 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair,
and you will find the right way to go.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will fill you with joy.
What peace this instills. He will grant us wisdom in this particular situation. We will have knowledge and understanding. He is our shield and he guards our path. The Lord will fight our battles. We will know what is right, just, and fair. No longer do I have to be concerned with which way to go because He has the right path already paved.
11 Wise choices will watch over you.
Understanding will keep you safe.
12 Wisdom will save you from evil people,
from those whose words are twisted.
13 These men turn from the right way
to walk down dark paths.
14 They take pleasure in doing wrong,
and they enjoy the twisted ways of evil.
15 Their actions are crooked,
and their ways are wrong.
Oh, how I wish I could fully divulge what is going on in our family. This passage speaks VOLUMES to who we are dealing with and what is going to happen.
16 Wisdom will save you from the immoral woman,
from the seductive words of the promiscuous woman.
17 She has abandoned her husband
and ignores the covenant she made before God.
18 Entering her house leads to death;
it is the road to the grave.
19 The man who visits her is doomed.
He will never reach the paths of life.
20 So follow the steps of the good,
and stay on the paths of the righteous.
21 For only the godly will live in the land,
and those with integrity will remain in it.
22 But the wicked will be removed from the land,
and the treacherous will be uprooted.