Psalm 47 & Proverbs 16
It has been a LONG few days. Hunter came down with a simple cold on Wednesday afternoon. By Sunday, we were in the ER. Something so minor can affect a child with a life-altering condition so deeply. So, I’m writing about Psalm 47 & Proverbs 16 from room 7525 while waiting for him to be released.
1 Come, everyone! Clap your hands!
Shout to God with joyful praise!
2 For the Lord Most High is awesome.
He is the great King of all the earth.
3 He subdues the nations before us,
putting our enemies beneath our feet.
4 He chose the Promised Land as our inheritance,
the proud possession of Jacob’s descendants, whom he loves. Interlude
5 God has ascended with a mighty shout.
The Lord has ascended with trumpets blaring.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises!
7 For God is the King over all the earth.
Praise him with a psalm.
8 God reigns above the nations,
sitting on his holy throne.
9 The rulers of the world have gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For all the kings of the earth belong to God.
He is highly honored everywhere.
1We can make our own plans,
but the Lord gives the right answer.
2 People may be pure in their own eyes,
but the Lord examines their motives.
3 Commit your actions to the Lord,
and your plans will succeed.
4 The Lord has made everything for his own purposes,
even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 The Lord detests the proud;
they will surely be punished.
Oh, I have lots of words to say about ALL these verses. Making our own plans…is that not a human thing or what? There is another set of Scripture in James that talks about this subject. It talks about making plans for tomorrow or next year…but who knows what is going to happen at that time?
There is a lady at my church who said the secret to learning to hear God speak is to not move till you have direction. Okay. Well, that sounds easy enough. She said that she would say “Lord, do you want me to do the dishes or not?” Then, she would wait for an answer. For the love…that would drive me bonkers. Yet, she is 86 and is the most peaceful woman I know.
Getting Out of My Own Head
Maybe, just maybe I should give that a try. There are days when I’m constantly on the go. No rest for the weary. Then, there are days when I do nothing but nap, read, and sit. Idle. We all know what the Lord says about being idle. Honestly, I think it isn’t going to work and He isn’t going to speak that directly to me. In the end, that is my lack of trust shining through. Free-will sucks sometimes.
There are a few people that appear like they are the ultimate person in their relationship with Christ. I mean, they do it all. They FB or IG all these thought-provoking things, read all the books, go to church all the time, involved in church, just do all the things right. Then, you get to know a different side of that person. You “cross” their path in a not so Christlike way and BOOM those innards are as black as tar.
What do you do in a situation like that? Let it go? Shake the dust off your feet? Smile more when your insides are aching at what the truth is? Confront them in love? I don’t know.
I’m not saying I have not had my moments because I absolutely have. I am not proud of those moments, at all. Sadly, I have worn “masks” depending on who I am around a good part of my life. Then one day, I said enough was enough. I try, very hard to be authentic, blunt (as a doctor just told me), and true to who I am. Somedays, it is a challenge. On those days, I stay at home and eat cheese.
6 Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin.
By fearing the Lord, people avoid evil.
7 When people’s lives please the Lord,
even their enemies are at peace with them.
8 Better to have little, with godliness,
than to be rich and dishonest.
9 We can make our plans,
but the Lord determines our steps.
10 The king speaks with divine wisdom;
he must never judge unfairly.
11 The Lord demands accurate scales and balances;
he sets the standards for fairness.
12 A king detests wrongdoing,
for his rule is built on justice.
13 The king is pleased with words from righteous lips;
he loves those who speak honestly.
There He is, again, talking about our plans. He lets us make them (free-will) yet He will determine our steps. To me, that is pretty awesome. My plans usually suck pond water. I had someone tell me, once, that I was like a reed in a hurricane. On occasion, I would just bend, yield, and blow wherever the wind would take me. I pray that my roots are that of an Oak tree!
14 The anger of the king is a deadly threat;
the wise will try to appease it.
15 When the king smiles, there is life;
his favor refreshes like a spring rain.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
and good judgment than silver!
17 The path of the virtuous leads away from evil;
whoever follows that path is safe.
18 Pride goes before destruction,
and haughtiness before a fall.
19 Better to live humbly with the poor
than to share plunder with the proud.
20 Those who listen to instruction will prosper;
those who trust the Lord will be joyful.
21 The wise are known for their understanding,
and pleasant words are persuasive.
22 Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it,
but discipline is wasted on fools.
23 From a wise mind comes wise speech;
the words of the wise are persuasive.
24 Kind words are like honey—
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
25 There is a path before each person that seems right,
but it ends in death.
26 It is good for workers to have an appetite;
an empty stomach drives them on.
27 Scoundrels create trouble;
their words are a destructive blaze.
28 A troublemaker plants seeds of strife;
gossip separates the best of friends.
29 Violent people mislead their companions,
leading them down a harmful path.
30 With narrowed eyes, people plot evil;
with a smirk, they plan their mischief.
31 Gray hair is a crown of glory;
it is gained by living a godly life.
32 Better to be patient than powerful;
better to have self-control than to conquer a city.
33 We may throw the dice,
but the Lord determines how they fall.
I guess I will never have a “crown of glory.” When I see a beginning to my “crown,” I immediately go and get it fixed. Mainly pink. There is usually an absurd amount of pink in my hair.