Psalm 51 & Proverbs 20
Psalm 51 & Proverbs 20 definitely has a little “cut Brandi to the core” theme going on! The Lord completely put me in my place. Now, if I can heed His warning and behave!
A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
2 Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
3 For I recognize my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.
4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
and your judgment against me is just.
5 For I was born a sinner—
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
6 But you desire honesty from the womb,
teaching me wisdom even there.
7 Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me—
now let me rejoice.
9 Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.
13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels,
and they will return to you.
14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves;
then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.
15 Unseal my lips, O Lord,
that my mouth may praise you.
16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
You do not want a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
18 Look with favor on Zion and help her;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—
with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.
I love verse 10. It is such a hopeful verse. Create in me a clean heart. Our hearts are nasty. Sadly, I keep lots of locked doors, “do not enter” signs, cobwebs, and more in certain spots.
He jumps in the most sensitive parts that no one can see…yet He sees. Not only does He see, but He gets to work cleaning out those parts. I have an issue of unforgiveness that looms over me. I have harbored BAD feelings for over a decade.
This person would not know me if I bit him on the butt, yet I can’t stand him or anything he touches. I keep that door locked uptight and on occasion, I bring it out and I shame him more.
He has orchestrated, since before He created the Earth, a moment in time where I will have to come face to face with this person. I mean, it is imminent. This person is going to see my eyeballs and we are going to shake hands. The first thing that I want to come out of my mouth is “I absolutely cannot stand you and what you have done.”
Probably not the best thing to say, but that is what I want to say. I would love to close my eyes and have the knowledge that this person just dropped off the face of the planet and that I didn’t have to ever see him.
He jumps in, gets some of those channel locks and He rips the lock off that room. Right now, He is all up in my business, cleaning out the corners of that room. Soon, I will shake this man’s hand.
I have no idea what will come out of my mouth. God knows…He knows every thought in my head and word on my tongue before I speak it. Honestly, makes me wanna throw up a little.
1Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls.
Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.
2 The king’s fury is like a lion’s roar;
to rouse his anger is to risk your life.
3 Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor;
only fools insist on quarreling.
4 Those too lazy to plow in the right season
will have no food at the harvest.
5 Though good advice lies deep within the heart,
a person with understanding will draw it out.
6 Many will say they are loyal friends,
but who can find one who is truly reliable?
Friends, true friends, are hard to come by. I am a “keep you at a distance friend.” Sadly, I have been made aware of that by some people in my life. It is what it is. I am very loyal and forgiving, but making an effort is hard sometimes.
Luckily, He sent me a few friends that I have had for eons. Then there was Ms. Jo. Now, He has blessed me with a friendship that started 30 years ago. He is reintroducing us, as adults, and we are having such a good time.
Good things come to those who wait…once the wolves in sheep’s clothing are identified. Man oh man, there have been some wolves. God is bigger!
7 The godly walk with integrity;
blessed are their children who follow them.
8 When a king sits in judgment, he weighs all the evidence,
distinguishing the bad from the good.
9 Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart;
I am pure and free from sin”?
10 False weights and unequal measures—
the Lord detests double standards of every kind.
11 Even children are known by the way they act,
whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right.
12 Ears to hear and eyes to see—
both are gifts from the Lord.
13 If you love sleep, you will end in poverty.
Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!
14 The buyer haggles over the price, saying, “It’s worthless,”
then brags about getting a bargain!
15 Wise words are more valuable
than much gold and many rubies.
16 Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt.
Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.
17 Stolen bread tastes sweet,
but it turns to gravel in the mouth.
18 Plans succeed through good counsel;
don’t go to war without wise advice.
19 A gossip goes around telling secrets,
so don’t hang around with chatterers.
20 If you insult your father or mother,
your light will be snuffed out in total darkness.
21 An inheritance obtained too early in life
is not a blessing in the end.
22 Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.”
Wait for the Lord to handle the matter.
Well…does verse 22 just speak to my above thoughts from Psalm 51. I guess I got my answer as to what I need to say or do. Dangit. Wait for the Lord to handle the matter. How much more clear can one be. Dangit.
23 The Lord detests double standards;
he is not pleased by dishonest scales.
24 The Lord directs our steps,
so why try to understand everything along the way?
25 Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God
and only later counting the cost.
26 A wise king scatters the wicked like wheat,
then runs his threshing wheel over them.
27 The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit,
exposing every hidden motive.
28 Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king;
his throne is made secure through love.
29 The glory of the young is their strength;
the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.
30 Physical punishment cleanses away evil;
such discipline purifies the heart.