Psalm 34 & Proverbs 3
Reviewing Psalm 34 & Proverbs 3. Maybe next go around, I will just type out the notes from previous years. I do take copious amounts of notes in my Bible. That would be fun to see. Maybe I should dig out my old Bible that I have “loved” so well!
A psalm of David, regarding the time he pretended to be insane in front of Abimelech, who sent him away.
1 I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.
2 I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart.
3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together.
4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
Verse 4 will be the prayer that I pray until the issue we are facing is resolved. Oh, my heart *was* full of fear. Yet, fear is a liar! God is not the author of confusion or fear. Regardless of the results/outcome, it will be okay.
6 In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles.
7 For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
9 Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need.
10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.
Wow. Again, this is telling me that He is listening! He has already saved me from my troubles. He is “on guard” for me. I have all that I need. How glorious is that?
11 Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the Lord.
12 Does anyone want to live a life that is long and prosperous?
13 Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies!
14 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
15 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help.
Sigh. Keep my tongue from speaking evil. I have a temper. That is something most people know. I’ve tried really hard, over the years, to control my tongue. Sadly, I feel like I’ve failed more than I have succeeded. Nowadays, I’ve diverted to Big Daddy. He has never been one to get riled up by much. However, times are a-changing.
16 But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth.
17 The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
19 The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
20 For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken!
21 Calamity will surely destroy the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
22 But the Lord will redeem those who serve him. No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
Yes. and Yes. I feel like it has been ordained that I focus on these Scriptures during this time in my life. He will rescue us!
Trusting in the Lord
1 My child, never forget the things I have taught you.
Store my commands in your heart.
2 If you do this, you will live many years,
and your life will be satisfying.
3 Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.
4 Then you will find favor with both God and people,
and you will earn a good reputation.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Verse 5 is such a beautiful verse. This is one that is quoted quite a bit. People stencil this sucker on tapestries LOL. Yet, it speaks volumes. Trust. That is a word I do not like very much. I struggle, deeply, in that department. It hurts that I choose to not trust, completely, Jesus. I know he is worthy and He has done nothing but that free-will thing. It is a real thing.
He knows my heart. The fact that I love Him and that I know that He is mine and I am His. I believe that with everything, but when the rubber meets the road, where do I stand. In my heart, I know all the things. The Scripture is written on my heart.
Now, to walk that out. Completely and totally.
6 Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
8 Then you will have healing for your body
and strength for your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the best part of everything you produce.
10 Then he will fill your barns with grain,
and your vats will overflow with good wine.
I was telling someone the other that that I have put many things in motion. Yet, I don’t know which path to take. Like, I literally said those words. Here I am, two weeks after saying that and I read verse 6. Seek His will…He will show you which path to take.
11 My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline,
and don’t be upset when he corrects you.
12 For the Lord corrects those he loves,
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.[b]
13 Joyful is the person who finds wisdom,
the one who gains understanding.
14 For wisdom is more profitable than silver,
and her wages are better than gold.
15 Wisdom is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
I tell my kids often, that I may not know when they have lied or done something wrong. However, the Lord is always there. He sees and hears it all. Honestly, it says that He knows the words on our tongue before we speak them. Also, He knows the thoughts in our heads before we think them.
Oh, be careful little eyes what you see. Be careful little ears what you hear. For the Father up above is looking down in love. Oh, be careful little eyes (and ears). He is always watching. His discipline can be far more painful than any physical discipline that I could ever think of.
16 She offers you long life in her right hand,
and riches and honor in her left.
17 She will guide you down delightful paths;
all her ways are satisfying.
18 Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
happy are those who hold her tightly.
19 By wisdom the Lord founded the earth;
by understanding he created the heavens.
20 By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth,
and the dew settles beneath the night sky.
May I (and you) be as wise as Solomon, yet humble.
21 My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, 22 for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace.
23 They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble.
24 You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.
25 You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked,
Oh, these verses permeate me as I sleep. That is what I need, common sense and discernment in certain areas of my life. Go to bed without fear…lie down…sleep soundly. That sounds like bliss.
26 for the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.
27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.
28 If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”
29 Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you.
30 Don’t pick a fight without reason, when no one has done you harm.
31 Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways.
32 Such wicked people are detestable to the Lord, but he offers his friendship to the godly.
33 The Lord curses the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the upright.
34 The Lord mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble.