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Psalm 42 & Proverbs 11

Psalm 42 & Proverbs 11

Psalm 42 & Proverbs 11

Psalm 42

As the deer longs for streams of water,
    so I long for you, O God.
I thirst for God, the living God.
    When can I go and stand before him?
Day and night I have only tears for food,
    while my enemies continually taunt me, saying,
    “Where is this God of yours?”

My heart is breaking
    as I remember how it used to be:
I walked among the crowds of worshipers,
    leading a great procession to the house of God,
singing for joy and giving thanks
    amid the sound of a great celebration!

Why am I discouraged?
    Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
    I will praise him again—
    my Savior and 

Section 2

my God!

Now I am deeply discouraged,
    but I will remember you—
even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan,
    from the land of Mount Mizar.
I hear the tumult of the raging seas
    as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.
But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me,
    and through each night I sing his songs,
    praying to God who gives me life.

“O God my rock,” I cry,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I wander around in grief,
    oppressed by my enemies?”
10 Their taunts break my bones.
    They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”

11 Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and my God!


Ooooh, verses 9-11, I have *felt* these things so deeply.  Logically, I know that God is my rock but I have been so heart by circumstances that His presence was not felt.  I know it isn’t He who turned His head.  It was me turning away.  I was so deceived into looking at these horrific and scary events that I could not look past them into His eyes.

In times like these, for me, it is so important that you place people in your life that can see past all of that.  Those warriors that will hold your arms up when you do not have the strength.

Thankfully, I have these people.  They hurt me and they encourage me.  I do not hear “well, you have sinned and this is the result” or “you know better than to think/say that.”  All I get is fervent prayers until I am lifted out of that miry clay.  Hope.

Proverbs 11

The Lord detests the use of dishonest scales,
but he delights in accurate weights.

Pride leads to disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.

Honesty guides good people;
dishonesty destroys treacherous people.

Riches won’t help on the day of judgment,
but right living can save you from death.

The godly are directed by honesty;
the wicked fall beneath their load of sin.

The godliness of good people rescues them;
the ambition of treacherous people traps them.

When the wicked die, their hopes die with them,
for they rely on their own feeble strength.

The godly are rescued from trouble,
and it falls on the wicked instead.

With their words, the godless destroy their friends,
but knowledge will rescue the righteous.


We are dealing with a pride issue, dishonesty, “rich” people, and people who rely on their own strength.  There is an issue that is so hurtful to one of my children that it is hard to see the pain in their eyes.

As we were talking about things last night, my son was repeating what he told this kid.  “I’m going to wipe the floor with you.  I am so much better than you are in basketball, I will show you.”  Those types of comments.  Not bad, but not a good representation of who my son is in Christ.

Frankly, he is fed up with this kid.

He is bullied, made fun of, demeaned, embarrassed by the things this kid says.  What I’m trying to impart on my son is that when he trash talks this kid, he is stooping to his level.  My son now becomes a face in the crowd instead of a city on a hill.

We have done role-playing on how he can better and effectively deal with this kid.  If it gets any worse, Bart and I will have to get involved.  I’m trying to see if my son can handle this on his own without losing himself.

Parenting is hard.

Section 2

10 The whole city celebrates when the godly succeed;

they shout for joy when the wicked die.

11 Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper,
but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.

12 It is foolish to belittle one’s neighbor;
a sensible person keeps quiet.

13 A gossip goes around telling secrets,
but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.

14 Without wise leadership, a nation falls;
there is safety in having many advisers.

15 There’s danger in putting up security for a stranger’s debt;
it’s safer not to guarantee another person’s debt.

16 A gracious woman gains respect,
but ruthless men gain only wealth.


Section 3

17 Your kindness will reward you,
but your cruelty will destroy you.

18 Evil people get rich for the moment,
but the reward of the godly will last.

19 Godly people find life;
evil people find death.

20 The Lord detests people with crooked hearts,
but he delights in those with integrity.



Awe, there it is.  The word “integrity.”  Integrity means “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.”  That is what I try to teach my kids.  Be a man (or woman) of integrity!  The Lord delights in that!

Section 4

21 Evil people will surely be punished,
but the children of the godly will go free.

22 A beautiful woman who lacks discretion
is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.

23 The godly can look forward to a reward,
while the wicked can expect only judgment.

24 Give freely and become more wealthy;
be stingy and lose everything.

25 The generous will prosper;
those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

26 People curse those who hoard their grain,
but they bless the one who sells in time of need.

27 If you search for good, you will find favor;
but if you search for evil, it will find you!

28 Trust in your money and down you go!
But the godly flourish like leaves in spring.

29 Those who bring trouble on their families inherit the wind.
The fool will be a servant to the wise.

30 The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life;
a wise person wins friends.

31 If the righteous are rewarded here on earth,
what will happen to wicked sinners?

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