Psalm 56 & Proverbs 25
This set of Scripture, Psalm 56 & Proverbs 25, is the last set of Psalm and Proverbs I will be doing. I started on day 26 when I began doing my Scripture reading. So, as of today, I will have read through the book of Proverbs.
I am not sure if I will just finish out the rest of Psalm, by itself, or add in another book with it. Still pondering. Frankly, both of these books, though I have read them so many times, has kicked my tail. We shall see.
1 O God, have mercy on me,
for people are hounding me.
My foes attack me all day long.
2 I am constantly hounded by those who slander me,
and many are boldly attacking me.
3 But when I am afraid,
I will put my trust in you.
4 I praise God for what he has promised.
I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
What can mere mortals do to me?
Trust in you. I trust in God. Trust in you. I trust in God. Geez, how much more do I need to hear that before I apply it to my life?
5 They are always twisting what I say;
they spend their days plotting to harm me.
6 They come together to spy on me—
watching my every step, eager to kill me.
7 Don’t let them get away with their wickedness;
in your anger, O God, bring them down.
8 You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.
Stop. It. I had forgotten about verse 8. He keeps track of my sorrows. Collected my tears in His bottle. He has recorded each one in His book. The sorrows that are so deeply seeded in my heart and mind. Then there are the countless tears over those sorrows. He has them all written and all my tears saved. Oh, how He loves me so.
9 My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.
This I know: God is on my side!
10 I praise God for what he has promised;
yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised.
11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
What can mere mortals do to me?
12 I will fulfill my vows to you, O God,
and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help.
13 For you have rescued me from death;
you have kept my feet from slipping.
So now I can walk in your presence, O God,
in your life-giving light.
Some of the most beautiful verses I have ever read. God is on my side. I should trust in Him. Why should I be afraid? He is on my side. Hunter’s illness, that enemy will retreat. God is on my side. School issues, that enemy will retreat. God is on my kids’ sides. In a couple of difficult situations, that enemy will retreat. God is on their sides.
He keeps me from falling. As long as I trust and walk in His presence, He saves me. Lord, may I always remember these verses
1These are more proverbs of Solomon, collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah.
2 It is God’s privilege to conceal things
and the king’s privilege to discover them.
3 No one can comprehend the height of heaven, the depth of the earth,
or all that goes on in the king’s mind!
4 Remove the impurities from silver,
and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith.
5 Remove the wicked from the king’s court,
and his reign will be made secure by justice.
6 Don’t demand an audience with the king
or push for a place among the great.
7 It’s better to wait for an invitation to the head table
than to be sent away in public disgrace.
Just because you’ve seen something,
8 don’t be in a hurry to go to court.
For what will you do in the end
if your neighbor deals you a shameful defeat?
9 When arguing with your neighbor,
don’t betray another person’s secret.
10 Others may accuse you of gossip,
and you will never regain your good reputation.
11 Timely advice is lovely,
like golden apples in a silver basket.
12 To one who listens, valid criticism
is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.
13 Trustworthy messengers refresh like snow in summer.
They revive the spirit of their employer.
14 A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it
is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.
15 Patience can persuade a prince,
and soft speech can break bones.
16 Do you like honey?
Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick!
17 Don’t visit your neighbors too often,
or you will wear out your welcome.
18 Telling lies about others
is as harmful as hitting them with an ax,
wounding them with a sword,
or shooting them with a sharp arrow.
19 Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble
is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.
20 Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart
is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather
or pouring vinegar in a wound.
Here it talks about lies. How lies are as harmful as things like hitting people with an ax, stabbing them with a sword, or shooting them with an arrow. The tongue is a powerful thing. It can bring harm and good. I know I struggle with my mouth. Seems like when I focus more on Scripture and praying for others that I am more attacked and more on edge.
Those are the days that I can pop off, at the mouth, easily. Sadly, I can hear that still soft voice saying “stop.” More times than not, I do not listen and then once I finish, I am so convicted and sad. I pray that the Lord continues to convict me and soon, I will no longer struggle with my tongue.
21 If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat.
If they are thirsty, give them water to drink.
22 You will heap burning coals of shame on their heads,
and the Lord will reward you.
23 As surely as a north wind brings rain,
so a gossiping tongue causes anger!
24 It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic
than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home.
25 Good news from far away
is like cold water to the thirsty.
26 If the godly give in to the wicked,
it’s like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.
27 It’s not good to eat too much honey,
and it’s not good to seek honors for yourself.
28 A person without self-control
is like a city with broken-down walls.
Here we are again with verse 24 LOL