Worship and Wisdom/Psalms and Proverbs
The most amusing sight to me is to see a group of kids playing tag on the playground. There is always a designated “base” that makes you free from anyone tagging you in this running and touching game. As a former first grade teacher, I would keep my eyes and ears open for one of the players to suddenly yell, “Teacher is base!” For that meant I need to brace myself for a barrage of little humans running to me all at once with giggling laughter. They knew Teacher would keep them safe.
We have a designated “base” to run to when the world is chasing us down, ready to tag us with all that it has to offer. That “base” is our Master Teacher, Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. What base are you running to so you can be safe?
We continue in our walk through the Psalms and Proverbs, taking small bites at a time. We want to take it all in, chew on it while we learn the skills needed to live this life “on earth as it is in heaven” well. We will pull key thoughts of Truth and directives of Wisdom from these words penned by the ancients while inspired by God. We will not just apply it to our lives or add it to our lives. Instead, we will use this wisdom to understand more and more what it takes to flesh out and cleanse the dark areas that we have allowed the world to seep into our hearts, minds and souls. That is the goal of this study.
Each day one Truth coupled with one nugget of Wisdom to help us:
Know God. Know Ourselves. Know our Enemy. Know God’s Will and Way.
Psalm 2, The Message
1-6 Why the big noise, nations?
Why the mean plots, peoples?
Earth-leaders push for position,
Demagogues and delegates meet for summit talks,
The God-deniers, the Messiah-defiers:
“Let’s get free of God!
Cast loose from Messiah!”
Heaven-throned God breaks out laughing.
At first he’s amused at their presumption;
Then he gets good and angry.
Furiously, he shuts them up:
“Don’t you know there’s a King in Zion? A coronation banquet
Is spread for him on the holy summit.”
7-9 Let me tell you what God said next.
He said, “You’re my son,
And today is your birthday.
What do you want? Name it:
Nations as a present? continents as a prize?
You can command them all to dance for you,
Or throw them out with tomorrow’s trash.”
10-12 So, rebel-kings, use your heads;
Upstart-judges, learn your lesson:
Worship God in adoring embrace,
Celebrate in trembling awe. Kiss Messiah!
Your very lives are in danger, you know;
His anger is about to explode,
But if you make a run for God—you won’t regret it!
TRUTH: Leave the world behind. “Make a run for God—no regrets!”
Proverbs 1:20-33, The Message
20-21 Lady Wisdom goes out in the street and shouts.
At the town center she makes her speech.
In the middle of the traffic she takes her stand.
At the busiest corner she calls out:
22-24 “Simpletons! How long will you wallow in ignorance?
Cynics! How long will you feed your cynicism?
Idiots! How long will you refuse to learn?
About face! I can revise your life.
Look, I’m ready to pour out my spirit on you;
I’m ready to tell you all I know.
As it is, I’ve called, but you’ve turned a deaf ear;
I’ve reached out to you, but you’ve ignored me.
25-28 “Since you laugh at my counsel
and make a joke of my advice,
How can I take you seriously?
I’ll turn the tables and joke about your troubles!
What if the roof falls in,
and your whole life goes to pieces?
What if catastrophe strikes and there’s nothing
to show for your life but rubble and ashes?
You’ll need me then. You’ll call for me, but don’t expect
No matter how hard you look, you won’t find me.
29-33 “Because you hated Knowledge
and had nothing to do with the Fear-of-God,
Because you wouldn’t take my advice
and brushed aside all my offers to train you,
Well, you’ve made your bed—now lie in it;
you wanted your own way—now, how do you like it?
Don’t you see what happens, you simpletons, you idiots?
Carelessness kills; complacency is murder.
First pay attention to me, and then relax.
Now you can take it easy—you’re in good hands.”
WISDOM: “FIRST pay attention to me, and then relax. Now you can take it easy—you’re in good hands.”
We run to you this morning as the first wake up activity of this day! We are seeking what you want for today. We want to know where there is to be learned, to be done in your name, along with a time of rest knowing we are in your hands for this day. Thank you for being patient with us as we hone these skills for living your Truth. Help us to live well as your Friend and as Your Servant. Cleanse us of all that is offensive to you. Shine your piercing light on all the dark places and make us holy. Show us your ways. Show your timing.
In Jesus Name, Amen