Psalm 46 & Proverbs 15
1 God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3 Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!
I love these verses. The power of them is just enough to possibly explode my brain. He is our refuge and our strength. No matter what I am not to fear. I live in fear, sometimes. There is the fear of Hunter’s illness. Fear of a couple of my kids’ future. Oh, then there is the judgment of other’s fear. Fear of losing people close to me.
My fear shows that I struggle in the trust department. Though I know to put my full trust in Him, I don’t. If I said I did, I would be lying. We saw from yesterday’s Scripture that He does not care for liars.
I do choose to do my best to *not* live in fear and to trust in Him. One would say that I’m a work in progress, I guess.
4 A river brings joy to the city of our God,
the sacred home of the Most High.
5 God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.
From the very break of day, God will protect it.
6 The nations are in chaos,
and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders,
and the earth melts!
7 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.
8 Come, see the glorious works of the Lord:
See how he brings destruction upon the world.
9 He causes wars to end throughout the earth.
He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
11 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.
A gentle answer deflects anger,
but harsh words make tempers flare.
2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing,
but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness.
3 The Lord is watching everywhere,
keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.
He is watching everything. God knew each human before the Earth was created. He knew that person’s beginning, middle, and end. All thoughts, words, actions, desires…He knew.
Why does that make my stomach hurt a little bit?
4 Gentle words are a tree of life;
a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
5 Only a fool despises a parent’s discipline;
whoever learns from correction is wise.
6 There is treasure in the house of the godly,
but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble.
7 The lips of the wise give good advice;
the heart of a fool has none to give.
8 The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked,
but he delights in the prayers of the upright.
9 The Lord detests the way of the wicked,
but he loves those who pursue godliness.
10 Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined;
whoever hates correction will die.
11 Even Death and Destruction hold no secrets from the Lord.
How much more does he know the human heart!
12 Mockers hate to be corrected,
so they stay away from the wise.
13 A glad heart makes a happy face;
a broken heart crushes the spirit.
14 A wise person is hungry for knowledge,
while the fool feeds on trash.
15 For the despondent, every day brings trouble;
for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.
16 Better to have little, with fear for the Lord,
than to have great treasure and inner turmoil.
Verse 16 goes back to me and my thought process of money. That is literally what popped into my mind when I read that verse. I don’t want to be rolling in money, that is not my desire. My desire is just to be able to get what we think we need. To know, our dryer died, a deer went through a windshield, garage doors won’t open/close, the chicken coop is falling apart, air conditioners are on their last leg of life, a mobility dog for Hunter, college for our kids…all of that costs MONEY.
What I am working through is what is a need, a want, and a desire (is that the same thing as want?) The Lord will always provide for my needs but not always my wants or desires. He knows the desires of my heart. Also, He knows the intentions behind the desires of my heart (how humbling is that?).
So, when I read that…I think I possibly just need to shut up and let God do His thing. Money very well causes inner turmoil, but for me, right now, the lack of causes inner (and outer) turmoil. I hope that makes sense. This is something I need to work through with Jesus.
17 A bowl of vegetables with someone you love
is better than steak with someone you hate.
18 A hot-tempered person starts fights;
a cool-tempered person stops them.
19 A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers,
but the path of the upright is an open highway.
20 Sensible children bring joy to their father;
foolish children despise their mother.
21 Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense;
a sensible person stays on the right path.
22 Plans go wrong for lack of advice;
many advisers bring success.
23 Everyone enjoys a fitting reply;
it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!
24 The path of life leads upward for the wise;
they leave the grave behind.
25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud,
but he protects the property of widows.
26 The Lord detests evil plans,
but he delights in pure words.
27 Greed brings grief to the whole family,
but those who hate bribes will live.
28 The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking;
the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.
29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayers of the righteous.
30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart;
good news makes for good health.
31 If you listen to constructive criticism,
you will be at home among the wise.
32 If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself;
but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.
33 Fear of the Lord teaches wisdom;
humility precedes honor.