Psalm 40 & Proverbs 9
Here are my thoughts on Psalm 40 & Proverbs 9. I hope you know what the Holy Spirit is revealing to you in these passages.
1 I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.
3 He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
These verses SCREAM my friend Debbie Ferguson! During one of the HARDEST times of my life, she sent me some songs that she recorded. Her voice is the most soothing sound I have ever heard.
I started letting Hunter listen to her and now, he asks for her. Traveling days means “mom, can we listen to Ms. Debbie.” Infusion days are “Mom, can we listen to Ms. Debbie.” When he would rage for hours…her voice soothed him into a peace that I cannot explain.
This is one of those songs. Please listen to the version by Hillsong called Jesus Lover of my Soul. I will say, Debbie’s version is WAY better 🙂 Thank you Debbie…thank you for things you didn’t even know that you did.
4 Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord,
who have no confidence in the proud
or in those who worship idols.
5 O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us.
Your plans for us are too numerous to list.
You have no equal.
If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds,
I would never come to the end of them.
6 You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings.
Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand—
you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings.
He has so many blessings ready to just dump on us. There are too many to even count. All I have to do is love Him and ask Him into my heart and bam…He is ready! No more ritualistic things that they had to do way back in Biblical times. He already gave me the ultimate and final sacrifice.
7 Then I said, “Look, I have come.
As is written about me in the Scriptures:
8 I take joy in doing your will, my God,
for your instructions are written on my heart.”
9 I have told all your people about your justice.
I have not been afraid to speak out,
as you, O Lord, well know.
10 I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart;
I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power.
I have told everyone in the great assembly
of your unfailing love and faithfulness.
11 Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me.
Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.
This love story is written in my heart. No longer do I desire to be silent in regards to Who I belong to! That is what the Bible is…it is a love story. God’s love story to His people. He loves us so much that He sent His Son to die on the cross to save us. By doing that, he will never hold back His saving power, faithfulness, and unfailing love. So beautiful.
12 For troubles surround me—
too many to count!
My sins pile up so high
I can’t see my way out.
They outnumber the hairs on my head.
I have lost all courage.
13 Please, Lord, rescue me!
Come quickly, Lord, and help me.
14 May those who try to destroy me
be humiliated and put to shame.
May those who take delight in my trouble
be turned back in disgrace.
15 Let them be horrified by their shame,
for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”
16 But may all who search for you
be filled with joy and gladness in you.
May those who love your salvation
repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!”
17 As for me, since I am poor and needy,
let the Lord keep me in his thoughts.
You are my helper and my savior.
O my God, do not delay.
Wisdom has built her house;
she has carved its seven columns.
2 She has prepared a great banquet,
mixed the wines, and set the table.
3 She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come.
She calls out from the heights overlooking the city.
4 “Come in with me,” she urges the simple.
To those who lack good judgment, she says,
5 “Come, eat my food,
and drink the wine I have mixed.
6 Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live;
learn to use good judgment.”
This is basically wisdom wooing people into her. She wants to impart on us and give us good judgment. We need that in this day and age. Probably more so now than ever. My goal today is to THINK (wisdom) before I SPEAK (good judgment) to a couple of my kids. It has been a struggle with them lately. Yet, if I leave my simple ways behind and begin to live…I will learn to use good judgment!
7 Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return.
Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt.
8 So don’t bother correcting mockers;
they will only hate you.
But correct the wise,
and they will love you.
9 Instruct the wise,
and they will be even wiser.
Teach the righteous,
and they will learn even more.
10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom.
Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.
11 Wisdom will multiply your days
and add years to your life.
12 If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit.
If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.
My grandmother must have been a very wise woman. So was Ms. Jo, my best friend in the whole wide world. They lived out verses 10-12 even until their last days. May I learn from the time I was blessed to spend with them?
Folly Calls for a Hearing
13 The woman named Folly is brash.
She is ignorant and doesn’t know it.
14 She sits in her doorway
on the heights overlooking the city.
15 She calls out to men going by
who are minding their own business.
16 “Come in with me,” she urges the simple.
To those who lack good judgment, she says,
17 “Stolen water is refreshing;
food eaten in secret tastes the best!”
18 But little do they know that the dead are there.
Her guests are in the depths of the grave.
They are in hell and being invited into hell. This is a calling to the road that is traveled! As glorious as it looks, it always leads to the same devastation.