Psalm 48 & Proverbs 17
Home from the hospital. All kids back to school, thank God. Freshly showered and eating a sucker in bed. Now, I reflect on Psalm 48 & Proverbs 17.
1 How great is the Lord,
how deserving of praise,
in the city of our God,
which sits on his holy mountain!
2 It is high and magnificent;
the whole earth rejoices to see it!
Mount Zion, the holy mountain,
is the city of the great King!
3 God himself is in Jerusalem’s towers,
revealing himself as its defender.
4 The kings of the earth joined forces
and advanced against the city.
5 But when they saw it, they were stunned;
they were terrified and ran away.
6 They were gripped with terror
and writhed in pain like a woman in labor.
7 You destroyed them like the mighty ships of Tarshish
shattered by a powerful east wind.
I am having my own praise moment reading these verses and listening to Strong Tower. My Refuge. He is my Defender. My Strong Tower. Though the enemies surround me, they can NEVER get to me. This, I know.
8 We had heard of the city’s glory,
but now we have seen it ourselves—
the city of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
It is the city of our God;
he will make it safe forever. Interlude
9 O God, we meditate on your unfailing love
as we worship in your Temple.
10 As your name deserves, O God,
you will be praised to the ends of the earth.
Your strong right hand is filled with victory.
11 Let the people on Mount Zion rejoice.
Let all the towns of Judah be glad
because of your justice.
12 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem.
Walk around and count the many towers.
13 Take note of the fortified walls,
and tour all the citadels,
that you may describe them
to future generations.
14 For that is what God is like.
He is our God forever and ever,
and he will guide us until we die.
We had heard…now we have seen it ourselves. This is reminiscent of Job 42:5. That, to me, is one of the most powerful Scriptures. It strikes me in a way that I yearn for that knowledge. I had heard. Now, I see. Lord may I SEE. There is so much I want to SEE. I want the scales to fall off my eyes, Lord. Let me look and find where You are so I can be Your hands and feet. Please, let me SEE and serve. Let me SEE my children, husband, and myself. I have heard and now I want to SEE.
1Better a dry crust eaten in peace
than a house filled with feasting—and conflict.
2 A wise servant will rule over the master’s disgraceful son
and will share the inheritance of the master’s children.
3 Fire tests the purity of silver and gold,
but the Lord tests the heart.
4 Wrongdoers eagerly listen to gossip;
liars pay close attention to slander.
5 Those who mock the poor insult their Maker;
those who rejoice at the misfortune of others will be punished.
6 Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged;
parents are the pride of their children.
Okay, Bug and Ben…verse 6 is clear as to His calling on grandchildren. Now that I have read that, I am ready when you are! I mean, no rush and all 🙂
7 Eloquent words are not fitting for a fool;
even less are lies fitting for a ruler.
8 A bribe is like a lucky charm;
whoever gives one will prosper!
9 Love prospers when a fault is forgiven,
but dwelling on it separates close friends.
10 A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding
than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool.
Guilty. Verse 9. I am guilty. There is a struggle within me in letting go of a fault. I dwell and in that, it separates us (me and whomever). Forgiveness is such a part of my life that it is almost an extension, with most people. I have a few that I have held onto. Yet, as those people come to mind…they somehow cross my path. Currently, I am faced with a situation that is over a decade old and I still hold onto anger and hurt. Now, I’m fixing to have to face this situation because the Lord is cleaning out that chamber of my heart. It hurts.
11 Evil people are eager for rebellion,
but they will be severely punished.
12 It is safer to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
than to confront a fool caught in foolishness.
13 If you repay good with evil,
evil will never leave your house.
14 Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate,
so stop before a dispute breaks out.
15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
both are detestable to the Lord.
16 It is senseless to pay to educate a fool,
since he has no heart for learning.
17 A friend is always loyal,
and a brother is born to help in time of need.
18 It’s poor judgment to guarantee another person’s debt
or put up security for a friend.
19 Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin;
anyone who trusts in high walls invites disaster.
Verse 14 is good for all people in any relationships. Keep the floodgates CLOSED. When you feel anger coming up…what behavior in another has triggered the emotion of anger in you. Likely, it is an issue that is insecurity within you and not the person who triggered that emotion. Ask yourselves these questions before you continue yelling:
- What behavior is triggering this emotion?
- Will this issue matter in 5 years?
- What if I let her rip and rip into someone? How would I feel if I (or they) stormed out and something happened to that person?
- How would Jesus respond?
- Is there a viable compromise?
- What about my pride? Is it in check?
20 The crooked heart will not prosper;
the lying tongue tumbles into trouble.
21 It is painful to be the parent of a fool;
there is no joy for the father of a rebel.
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
23 The wicked take secret bribes
to pervert the course of justice.
24 Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom,
but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
25 Foolish children bring grief to their father
and bitterness to the one who gave them birth.
26 It is wrong to punish the godly for being good
or to flog leaders for being honest.
27 A truly wise person uses few words;
a person with understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent;
with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.
Standing up with a hearty HALLELUJAH and AMEN to verse 28. At the end of the day, just shut your mouth.