Psalm 29 & Proverbs 29
Here I am, moving on down to Psalm 29 & Proverbs 29. After verse 31 in Proverbs, I will continue on with Psalm and move to verse 1 in Proverbs. Just an FYI for my own brain processing moments.
Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
When I read this, the first person that pops into my mind is our Associate Pastor and worship leader, Damian. I have never seen a man ooze glory the way he does. In the face of so many trials, he is there, giving glory to the name of Jesus. It is pure joy to see him. Frankly, he and his family just need to move in with me so I can see it daily.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord strikes
with flashes of lightning.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
9 The voice of Lord twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
Can you even imagine? For real. Can you EVEN imagine….”the voice of the Lord TWISTS the oaks and strips the forests bare.”
Straight up Truth!
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism
will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery.
2 When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice.
But when the wicked are in power, they groan.
3 The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father,
but if he hangs around with prostitutes, his wealth is wasted.
4 A just king gives stability to his nation,
but one who demands bribes destroys it.
5 To flatter friends
is to lay a trap for their feet.
6 Evil people are trapped by sin,
but the righteous escape, shouting for joy.
7 The godly care about the rights of the poor;
the wicked don’t care at all.
8 Mockers can get a whole town agitated,
but the wise will calm anger.
9 If a wise person takes a fool to court,
there will be ranting and ridicule but no satisfaction.
10 The bloodthirsty hate blameless people,
but the upright seek to help them.
11 Fools vent their anger,
but the wise quietly hold it back.
12 If a ruler pays attention to liars,
all his advisers will be wicked.
13 The poor and the oppressor have this in common—
the Lord gives sight to the eyes of both.
14 If a king judges the poor fairly,
his throne will last forever.
15 To discipline a child produces wisdom,
but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.
Not gonna lie…I struggle with verse 11. When I went to St. Augustine, the doctor asked me what I needed help with. I looked at him, as bluntly as I am, and said: “I am angry. All the time, for no reason. Just angry. I wanna just throat punch everyone.” Needless to say, he kept his distance. LOL May I learn wisdom!
Verse 15 sticks in my throat, as well. I have 7 children. All of whom are totally different and have to be parented completely differently. I’m big on discipline, yet with a couple of my children, discipline does not really work. I feel this verse deep in my soul.
16 When the wicked are in authority, sin flourishes,
but the godly will live to see their downfall.
17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind
and will make your heart glad.
18 When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.
But whoever obeys the law is joyful.
19 Words alone will not discipline a servant;
the words may be understood, but they are not heeded.
20 There is more hope for a fool
than for someone who speaks without thinking.
Again, every one of these verses speaks to me in regards to a couple of my kids. I have no peace of mind. In my head, I am surrounded by my enemies ready to devour my children and me. I pray for that peace of mind, that the words spoken will be heeded.
One of my children literally said last night that the things that were spoken were said without thinking. This happens more often than not. I just read this to that child…a blank stare where “words may be understood, bu they are not heeded.”
21 A servant pampered from childhood
will become a rebel.
22 An angry person starts fights;
a hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sin.
23 Pride ends in humiliation,
while humility brings honor.
24 If you assist a thief, you only hurt yourself.
You are sworn to tell the truth, but you dare not testify.
25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap,
but trusting the Lord means safety.
26 Many seek the ruler’s favor,
but justice comes from the Lord.