Psalm 35 & Proverbs 4
Here are my personal thoughts on Psalm 35 & Proverbs 4. Again, the Holy Spirit reveals different things to different people. This is solely my interpretation!
1 O Lord, oppose those who oppose me.
Fight those who fight against me.
2 Put on your armor, and take up your shield.
Prepare for battle, and come to my aid.
3 Lift up your spear and javelin
against those who pursue me.
Let me hear you say,
“I will give you victory!”
4 Bring shame and disgrace on those trying to kill me;
turn them back and humiliate those who want to harm me.
5 Blow them away like chaff in the wind—
a wind sent by the angel of the Lord.
These verses, to me, go back to Exodus 14:14. “The Lord will fight your battle, you simply have to be silent.” I do not believe, as a child of His, that He will leave me to fend for myself. However, I have to talk to Him. Communicate. Though I know that He knows my thoughts and my beginning from my end, I still need to communicate.
The Lord delights in us seeking His face. Just as my father and mother delight in me talking to them about all the things. It is easier to seek His face when things are bad. When we are scared or uncertain. Yet, that is not the only time to do so. Remember, to praise Him in the good, as well!
6 Make their path dark and slippery,
with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.
7 I did them no wrong, but they laid a trap for me.
I did them no wrong, but they dug a pit to catch me.
8 So let sudden ruin come upon them!
Let them be caught in the trap they set for me!
Let them be destroyed in the pit they dug for me.
9 Then I will rejoice in the Lord.
I will be glad because he rescues me.
10 With every bone in my body I will praise him:
“Lord, who can compare with you?
Who else rescues the helpless from the strong?
Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”
As the last 2 weeks are still ever-present in my mind and heart, I see verse 10 in a different view. I know that He is the protector of the weak. Nothing does compare to Him. I get that and I have seen that first hand in my life.
The last 2 weeks, though, I have had to be Jesus with skin on. As my child has been bullied by adults (pause on that phrase), this has become clear to me. I have sought His face in all the things. My son has sought to me (and his dad) in all the things. I feel like I’m not making sense. Hmmm…
In his (my son’s) time of accusation and trouble, he has talked to us and answered all our questions. In his youth, he is looking to his parents to fight for him. Advocate. Believe him. We are inadequate. Because of that inadequacy, we have taken his plight, words, questions and we have presented them to our Father.
He has been faithful and I see the full circle of what that verse means, to me.
11 Malicious witnesses testify against me.
They accuse me of crimes I know nothing about.
12 They repay me evil for good.
I am sick with despair.
13 Yet when they were ill, I grieved for them.
I denied myself by fasting for them,
but my prayers returned unanswered.
14 I was sad, as though they were my friends or family,
as if I were grieving for my own mother.
15 But they are glad now that I am in trouble;
they gleefully join together against me.
I am attacked by people I don’t even know;
they slander me constantly.
As if this does not directly talk about the bullying and accusations that have happened the last 2 weeks with a child. Bullying is wrong. It is wrong for parents to do it to children. Also, it is wrong for kids to do it to kids. However, our instance is authorities bullying kids and me! The light was shone all over that mess!
16 They mock me and call me names;
they snarl at me.
17 How long, O Lord, will you look on and do nothing?
Rescue me from their fierce attacks.
Protect my life from these lions!
18 Then I will thank you in front of the great assembly.
I will praise you before all the people.
19 Don’t let my treacherous enemies rejoice over my defeat.
Don’t let those who hate me without cause gloat over my sorrow.
20 They don’t talk of peace;
they plot against innocent people who mind their own business.
21 They shout, “Aha! Aha!
With our own eyes we saw him do it!”
22 O Lord, you know all about this.
Do not stay silent.
Do not abandon me now, O Lord.
23 Wake up! Rise to my defense!
Take up my case, my God and my Lord.
24 Declare me not guilty, O Lord my God, for you give justice.
Don’t let my enemies laugh about me in my troubles.
25 Don’t let them say, “Look, we got what we wanted!
Now we will eat him alive!”
26 May those who rejoice at my troubles
be humiliated and disgraced.
May those who triumph over me
be covered with shame and dishonor.
27 But give great joy to those who came to my defense.
Let them continually say, “Great is the Lord,
who delights in blessing his servant with peace!”
28 Then I will proclaim your justice,
and I will praise you all day long.
Wow, verse 1 was actually said to us in regards to our situation. Yet, upon further questions and investigations…that person was not even in the room with the “incident” that happened.
The Lord did not stay silent. Praises to Him that He fought for us!
My children, listen when your father corrects you.
Pay attention and learn good judgment,
2 for I am giving you good guidance.
Don’t turn away from my instructions.
3 For I, too, was once my father’s son,
tenderly loved as my mother’s only child.
4 My father taught me,
“Take my words to heart.
Follow my commands, and you will live.
5 Get wisdom; develop good judgment.
Don’t forget my words or turn away from them.
Good grief…Jesus had every intention of me beginning my Scripture journey at this point and time. Even when I think I have not stored up His Word in my heart, He proves me wrong.
These words, I said verbatim, to my child just last night! Why does that make me feel like my inner lion is roaring (see previous thoughts of Scripture for that phrase)? I feel like the Holy Spirit is saying that He has penetrated my soul and I am His. Oh, may I always speak Scripture, in love, that is embedded in my heart?
6 Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you.
Love her, and she will guard you.
7 Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do!
And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.
8 If you prize wisdom, she will make you great.
Embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will place a lovely wreath on your head;
she will present you with a beautiful crown.”
10 My child, listen to me and do as I say,
and you will have a long, good life.
Wisdom means “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.”
Judgment means “the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.”
11 I will teach you wisdom’s ways
and lead you in straight paths.
12 When you walk, you won’t be held back;
when you run, you won’t stumble.
13 Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go.
Guard them, for they are the key to life.
14 Don’t do as the wicked do,
and don’t follow the path of evildoers.
15 Don’t even think about it; don’t go that way.
Turn away and keep moving.
Totally sending this entire set of Scripture to my daughter. This is the poem that goes through my mind as I read this section.
16 For evil people can’t sleep until they’ve done their evil deed for the day.
They can’t rest until they’ve caused someone to stumble.
17 They eat the food of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence!
18 The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.
19 But the way of the wicked is like total darkness.
They have no idea what they are stumbling over.
20 My child, pay attention to what I say.
Listen carefully to my words.
21 Don’t lose sight of them.
Let them penetrate deep into your heart,
22 for they bring life to those who find them,
and healing to their whole body.
23 Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.
24 Avoid all perverse talk;
stay away from corrupt speech.
25 Look straight ahead,
and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
26 Mark out a straight path for your feet;
stay on the safe path.
27 Don’t get sidetracked;
keep your feet from following evil.
Here it is again! Let it penetrate deep into your heart! Gracious how I love these verses. I pray that I can follow His instructions!