Psalm 36 & Proverbs 5
Here is my take on Psalm 36 & Proverbs 5. I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am!
1 Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts.
They have no fear of God at all.
2 In their blind conceit,
they cannot see how wicked they really are.
3 Everything they say is crooked and deceitful.
They refuse to act wisely or do good.
4 They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots.
Their actions are never good.
They make no attempt to turn from evil.
5 Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
There is a person, very close to me, that I see when I read verses 1-4. I shudder at this thought. This person has said “I feel the darkness coming up from my feet. It moves up and I feel powerful. I can’t stop it and I don’t want to stop it.” Cue: Buh bye now!
I see it happen. This person’s eyes go from green to black. The transformation is physical. I know that we are getting ready to rumble. Thankfully, I begin with “Not today, Satan.” Then, I throw in James 4:7 Submit to God, resist the devil. He will flee.
Once the Name of Jesus is spoken, the enemy and his “friends” have to flee. Yes, I roll with it sometimes. Those days I feel like I’m in the pits of hell keeping the flames away with a water pistol. Then, there are days when I can pull out what is etched on my heart.
6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the ocean depths.
You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.
7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter
in the shadow of your wings.
8 You feed them from the abundance of your own house,
letting them drink from your river of delights.
9 For you are the fountain of life,
the light by which we see.
10 Pour out your unfailing love on those who love you;
give justice to those with honest hearts.
11 Don’t let the proud trample me
or the wicked push me around.
12 Look! Those who do evil have fallen!
They are thrown down, never to rise again.
“All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.” Can you even? I think of the Lion King and the one part of the movie where you see the dark land. Let’s switch that up and put a Jesus spin on it.
Can you imagine the “shadow” of His wings and how far they spread? All we have to do is a step in that shadow and we are protected. We are fed. There is light. Unfailing love and protection.
Just. Step. In. The. Shadow. Of. His. Wings.
My son, pay attention to my wisdom;
listen carefully to my wise counsel.
2 Then you will show discernment,
and your lips will express what you’ve learned.
3 For the lips of an immoral woman are as sweet as honey,
and her mouth is smoother than oil.
4 But in the end she is as bitter as poison,
as dangerous as a double-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death;
her steps lead straight to the grave.
Listen to wisdom. Carefully listen to counsel. Show discernment. Talk about what you have learned. It is so simple, yet it is so hard. Why is that?
6 For she cares nothing about the path to life.
She staggers down a crooked trail and doesn’t realize it.
7 So now, my sons, listen to me.
Never stray from what I am about to say:
8 Stay away from her!
Don’t go near the door of her house!
9 If you do, you will lose your honor
and will lose to merciless people all you have achieved.
10 Strangers will consume your wealth,
and someone else will enjoy the fruit of your labor.
11 In the end you will groan in anguish
when disease consumes your body.
12 You will say, “How I hated discipline!
If only I had not ignored all the warnings!
13 Oh, why didn’t I listen to my teachers?
Why didn’t I pay attention to my instructors?
14 I have come to the brink of utter ruin,
and now I must face public disgrace.”
Again, listen. Take heed. Be wise. Your body will betray you when it is shrouded in guilt, shame, and ignorance. Oh, that makes you think. Stress on a body can do SO much damage.
When we do not stay away from, do not listen, ignore wise counsel…is that a direct relation to our physical health. Verse 11 is very clear in saying that disease will consume your body.
That is a revelation to me. In the last 2 weeks, I’ve struggled with some vertigo. I have Meniere’s Disease. There was a diagnosis when I was 19 years old. It settled in after a head injury. Yet, I have been symptom-free for over a year. I mean, once I did my holistic treatment in St. Augustine, FL…it left.
Lately, I’ve struggled. My struggle comes directly on the heels of a great amount of stress within our family. What wise counsel am I not listening to? I have not sought the Word to help with any issues. Giant mistake. Now, I’m going to remedy that situation!
15 Drink water from your own well—
share your love only with your wife.
16 Why spill the water of your springs in the streets,
having sex with just anyone?
17 You should reserve it for yourselves.
Never share it with strangers.
18 Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you.
Rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 She is a loving deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts satisfy you always.
May you always be captivated by her love.
20 Why be captivated, my son, by an immoral woman,
or fondle the breasts of a promiscuous woman?
21 For the Lord sees clearly what a man does,
examining every path he takes.
22 An evil man is held captive by his own sins;
they are ropes that catch and hold him.
23 He will die for lack of self-control;
he will be lost because of his great foolishness.
Can’t get much clearer than that! Abstain from sex until you are married! Anything you choose to do with a man/woman to who you are not married too is adultery. I say that because the Lord has created our family from before creation. He has chosen the perfect person. Some people, he has blessed with singleness.
So, when you hold hands, kiss, hug, have sex with outside of who He created for us is straight-up adultery. If I allowed myself, I could be swallowed up in shame but God is good, and his grace is forever!