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Psalm 45 & Proverbs 14

Psalm 45 & Proverbs 14

Psalm 45 & Proverbs 14

Psalm 45

Beautiful words stir my heart.
    I will recite a lovely poem about the king,
    for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.

You are the most handsome of all.
    Gracious words stream from your lips.
    God himself has blessed you forever.
Put on your sword, O mighty warrior!
    You are so glorious, so majestic!
In your majesty, ride out to victory,
    defending truth, humility, and justice.
    Go forth to perform awe-inspiring deeds!
Your arrows are sharp, piercing your enemies’ hearts.
    The nations fall beneath your feet.

Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.
    You rule with a scepter of justice.
You love justice and hate evil.
    Therefore God, your God, has anointed you,
    pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.

Section 2

Myrrh, aloes, and cassia perfume your robes.
    In ivory palaces the music of strings entertains you.
Kings’ daughters are among your noble women.
    At your right side stands the queen,
    wearing jewelry of finest gold from Ophir!

10 Listen to me, O royal daughter; take to heart what I say.
    Forget your people and your family far away.
11 For your royal husband delights in your beauty;
    honor him, for he is your lord.
12 The princess of Tyre will shower you with gifts.
    The wealthy will beg your favor.
13 The bride, a princess, looks glorious
    in her golden gown.
14 In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king,
    accompanied by her bridesmaids.
15 What a joyful and enthusiastic procession
    as they enter the king’s palace!

16 Your sons will become kings like their father.
You will make them rulers over many lands.
17 I will bring honor to your name in every generation.
Therefore, the nations will praise you forever and ever.

Note:

This passage is called A Song of Love.

Proverbs 14

1A wise woman builds her home,
but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.

Those who follow the right path fear the Lord;
those who take the wrong path despise him.

A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him,
but the words of the wise keep them safe.

Without oxen a stable stays clean,
but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.

An honest witness does not lie;
a false witness breathes lies.

A mocker seeks wisdom and never finds it,
but knowledge comes easily to those with understanding.

Stay away from fools,
for you won’t find knowledge on their lips.

The prudent understand where they are going,
but fools deceive themselves.

Fools make fun of guilt,
but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation.

Thoughts

It is impressed upon my heart that Robert Frost poem that I have talked about throughout a lot the past few days.  I have read through the Word, more than once.  The last time I read it, Deuteronomy came to life!  I know!  Seriously, I was shocked too.

While reading through Psalm, this time around, I see a theme between that poem, Deuteronomy, and some of Psalm.  That got me curious as to whether or not Frost was a proclaimed believer.

Don’t get me wrong, no one can no or write about another’s salvation.  They can judge their fruit.  Yet, as my Oak says “if you don’t see it, smell taste it, or touch it don’t count it as truth.”

This is part of the info that I found on Robert Frost.  There are other articles that state he was agnostic, atheist, etc.  I simply don’t know.  Maybe I am looking too much into it all.  That is probably the case, but still.  When I see, so clearly, Scripture talks about the 2 paths or the 2 roads…makes you wonder.

Section 2

10 Each heart knows its own bitterness,
and no one else can fully share its joy.

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,
but the tent of the godly will flourish.

12 There is a path before each person that seems right,
but it ends in death.

13 Laughter can conceal a heavy heart,
but when the laughter ends, the grief remains.

Thoughts

Verse 13 flashes me back to about 10 years ago.  We had just left our church and we were visiting another church. At that time, I knew very few people as we stayed to ourselves.  Our last church was a “megachurch” for our area and let’s just talk wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Or maybe I shouldn’t.

Anyway, there was a retreat and I went.  I don’t like doing things like this but Big Daddy encouraged me.  Trying.  I was trying.  We were all in one room, just talking.  I knew a couple of ladies in that room but that was about it.  If I remember correctly, I was sitting across the room in a corner, some women were on their beds.  We were all just talking.

Then There was Diane

I don’t even remember the conversation but I said something and the ladies laughed.  Then, from across the room, this woman who was in her bed looked over at me.  I could see her eyes narrowed in my direction.  She was not mean, hateful, or rude when she spoke.  Yet, what she said pierced me.

She looked at me and said, “You use laughter and humor to mask your pain.”  I just looked at her and I could not speak.  No words exited my mouth.  Yet, my brain was going a thousand miles a second.  It was swirling around with words bopping around in my head.  “How does she *see* me?  Does she know me?  How did she know that?  Who is this person?  I have got to get away from her…she *sees* me.”

She was Right

This woman, Diane, nailed me.  We had never met, she didn’t even know my name and I didn’t know her name, at the time.  Yet, she knew.  We have become sweet friends over that statement.  I so enjoy her and the knowledge that when I see her, she knows.  When she asks me how I am, I cannot just say “I’m good.”

She will cock her head to the side and go “really?”  Then, I stop and verbally have diarrhea all over her.  It the most bizarre God moment ever.  And here it is, written in Scripture all these years later.  I read it and that memory floods into my mind.  Cool, huh?

Section 2

14 Backsliders get what they deserve;
good people receive their reward.

15 Only simpletons believe everything they’re told!
The prudent carefully consider their steps.

16 The wise are cautious and avoid danger;
fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.

17 Short-tempered people do foolish things,
and schemers are hated.

18 Simpletons are clothed with foolishness,
but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

19 Evil people will bow before good people;
the wicked will bow at the gates of the godly.

20 The poor are despised even by their neighbors,
while the rich have many “friends.”

21 It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor;
blessed are those who help the poor.

22 If you plan to do evil, you will be lost;
if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness.

23 Work brings profit,
but mere talk leads to poverty!

24 Wealth is a crown for the wise;
the effort of fools yields only foolishness.

Section 3

25 A truthful witness saves lives,
but a false witness is a traitor.

26 Those who fear the Lord are secure;
he will be a refuge for their children.

27 Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain;
it offers escape from the snares of death.

28 A growing population is a king’s glory;
a prince without subjects has nothing.

29 People with understanding control their anger;
a hot temper shows great foolishness.

30 A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;
jealousy is like cancer in the bones.

31 Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker,
but helping the poor honors him.

32 The wicked are crushed by disaster,
but the godly have a refuge when they die.

33 Wisdom is enshrined in an understanding heart;
wisdom is not found among fools.

34 Godliness makes a nation great,
but sin is a disgrace to any people.

35 A king rejoices in wise servants
but is angry with those who disgrace him.

Thoughts

Honesty versus Lying.  It is woven all throughout Scripture and this set of passages is no different.  What do you do when a child or spouse constantly lies to you?  Their lies are evident, you have proof of the lie, yet they lie time after time.  There are no peaceful hearts in this house.  I mean, I can see why I have been feeling bad lately.  Verse 30 clearly says why.  There is no jealousy, but there is everything else.

I’m rambling, I know.  Sadly, I am struggling immensely right now.  Sigh.  Just struggling.

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Psalm 43 & Proverbs 12

Psalm 43 & Proverbs 12

Psalm 43

Declare me innocent, O God!
    Defend me against these ungodly people.
    Rescue me from these unjust liars.
For you are God, my only safe haven.
    Why have you tossed me aside?
Why must I wander around in grief,
    oppressed by my enemies?
Send out your light and your truth;
    let them guide me.
Let them lead me to your holy mountain,
    to the place where you live.
There I will go to the altar of God,
    to God—the source of all my joy.
I will praise you with my harp,
    O God, my God!

Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and my God!

Thoughts

In verse 4, the memory that instantly strikes in my head is a comment made by a man in our Sunday School class.  Bart and I had just moved classes…just to kind of get to know other people.  I mean, we *knew* them but we didn’t *know* them.  As we were sitting there, chatting about whatever the lessen was, Mr. Benny made a profound statement.

He said “happiness is based on circumstances but joy comes from the Lord.  Your circumstances may be horrible but you can still have joy even when you are not happy.”  I just sat there.  The teacher went on to talk and I sat there, with my mouth open.

In the middle of our teacher’s sentence, I asked Mr. Benny to repeat himself.  All eyes were staring at me like I had a third eyeball.  He repeated himself.  Again, I just sat there.  That phrase has stuck with me.

Depression

For a chick that has dealt with depression, most of her life…that phrase just held on like super glue.  I have been told, “if you love Jesus more, you wouldn’t be depressed.”  “If you depended on Him, you would be happier.”  “Oh, if you pray more, you will not be sad.”  None of that is true.

None of it.

I love Jesus.  He is mine and I am His.  Yet, I still get sad.  Sometimes, really really sad.  There are times when I’ve had to rely on medicine to even out my brain chemicals.  Also, there are times when I sleep entirely too much.

Some depression is chemical (most) and some is situational (based on circumstances).  I can still struggle with depression and love Jesus.  That does not dictate my salvation.  JOY comes from the Lord.  HAPPINESS is based on circumstances.

Proverbs 12

To learn, you must love discipline;
it is stupid to hate correction.

 

Thoughts

To love discipline is not something that I have learned.  It is a time-honored attempt at learning this art.  My kids do not love it, either.  They are at that age where nothing we do tends to help.  I would say I’m learning but my kids hate correction.  Maybe I should have them read this verse.

Section 2

The Lord approves of those who are good,
but he condemns those who plan wickedness.

Wickedness never brings stability,
but the godly have deep roots.

A worthy wife is a crown for her husband,
but a disgraceful woman is like cancer in his bones.

The plans of the godly are just;
the advice of the wicked is treacherous.

The words of the wicked are like a murderous ambush,
but the words of the godly save lives.

The wicked die and disappear,
but the family of the godly stands firm.

A sensible person wins admiration,
but a warped mind is despised.

Better to be an ordinary person with a servant
than to be self-important but have no food.

10 The godly care for their animals,
but the wicked are always cruel.

11 A hard worker has plenty of food,
but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.

12 Thieves are jealous of each other’s loot,
but the godly are well rooted and bear their own fruit.

13 The wicked are trapped by their own words,
but the godly escape such trouble.

14 Wise words bring many benefits,
and hard work brings rewards.

15 Fools think their own way is right,
but the wise listen to others.

16 A fool is quick-tempered,
but a wise person stays calm when insulted.

 

Section 3

17 An honest witness tells the truth;
a false witness tells lies.

18 Some people make cutting remarks,
but the words of the wise bring healing.

19 Truthful words stand the test of time,
but lies are soon exposed.

20 Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil;
joy fills hearts that are planning peace!

Thoughts

Honest witness = truth.  False witness = lies.  Cutting remarks.  Wisdom = healing.  Truthful words = test of time.  Lies = exposed.  Deceit in hearts = plots evil.  Joy fills hearts = planning peace.

How simple is that?

Section 4

21 No harm comes to the godly,
but the wicked have their fill of trouble.

22 The Lord detests lying lips,
but he delights in those who tell the truth.

23 The wise don’t make a show of their knowledge,
but fools broadcast their foolishness.

24 Work hard and become a leader;
be lazy and become a slave.

25 Worry weighs a person down;
an encouraging word cheers a person up.

26 The godly give good advice to their friends;
the wicked lead them astray.

27 Lazy people don’t even cook the game they catch,
but the diligent make use of everything they find.

28 The way of the godly leads to life;
that path does not lead to death.

Thoughts

Let’s hammer the liar again!  The Lord DETESTS lying lips.  Yet, He delights in those who tell the truth!  He detests!  To detest means to dislike intensely.  Notice that doesn’t say *hate* because that is a sin.  When will we all learn this!

Verse 28, goes back to Deuteronomy for me.  Back to Robert Frost’s poem.  Wide road = bad.  Narrow road = good.

 

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