Worship and Wisdom
Psalms and Proverbs
A David Psalm
1-2 Please, God, no more yelling,
no more trips to the woodshed.
Treat me nice for a change;
I’m so starved for affection.
2-3 Can’t you see I’m black-and-blue,
beat up badly in bones and soul?
God, how long will it take
for you to let up?
4-5 Break in, God, and break up this fight;
if you love me at all, get me out of here.
I’m no good to you dead, am I?
I can’t sing in your choir if I’m buried in some tomb!
6-7 I’m tired of all this—so tired. My bed
has been floating forty days and nights
On the flood of my tears.
My mattress is soaked, soggy with tears.
The sockets of my eyes are black holes;
nearly blind, I squint and grope.
8-9 Get out of here, you Devil’s crew:
at last God has heard my sobs.
My requests have all been granted,
my prayers are answered.
10 Cowards, my enemies disappear.
Disgraced, they turn tail and run.
TRUTH: God hears our cries for help as we run from evil.
No matter what is troubling or attacking us, God knows. No matter what we are thinking about life, God hears our honesty and knows our thoughts. When we are at the end of our rope, God steps in to pull us out the drama that tempts us to leave our trust and faith in Him. God answers our prayers for his help, his way in his time when we choose to accept believe he will.
Proverb 4, The Message
Your Life Is at Stake
1-2 Listen, friends, to some fatherly advice;
sit up and take notice so you’ll know how to live.
I’m giving you good counsel;
don’t let it go in one ear and out the other.
3-9 When I was a boy at my father’s knee,
the pride and joy of my mother,
He would sit me down and drill me:
“Take this to heart. Do what I tell you—live!
Sell everything and buy Wisdom! Forage for Understanding!
Don’t forget one word! Don’t deviate an inch!
Never walk away from Wisdom—she guards your life;
love her—she keeps her eye on you.
Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom!
Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding!
Throw your arms around her—believe me, you won’t regret it;
never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious.
She’ll garland your life with grace,
she’ll festoon your days with beauty.”
10-15 Dear friend, take my advice;
it will add years to your life.
I’m writing out clear directions to Wisdom Way,
I’m drawing a map to Righteous Road.
I don’t want you ending up in blind alleys,
or wasting time making wrong turns.
Hold tight to good advice; don’t relax your grip.
Guard it well—your life is at stake!
Don’t take Wicked Bypass;
don’t so much as set foot on that road.
Stay clear of it; give it a wide berth.
Make a detour and be on your way.
16-17 Evil people are restless
unless they’re making trouble;
They can’t get a good night’s sleep
unless they’ve made life miserable for somebody.
Perversity is their food and drink,
violence their drug of choice.
18-19 The ways of right-living people glow with light;
the longer they live, the brighter they shine.
But the road of wrongdoing gets darker and darker—
travelers can’t see a thing; they fall flat on their faces.
Learn It by Heart
20-22 Dear friend, listen well to my words;
tune your ears to my voice.
Keep my message in plain view at all times.
Concentrate! Learn it by heart!
Those who discover these words live, really live;
body and soul, they’re bursting with health.
23-27 Keep vigilant watch over your heart;
that’s where life starts.
Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth;
avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
Keep your eyes straight ahead;
ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step,
and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
Look neither right nor left;
leave evil in the dust.
WISDOM: Leave evil in the dust.
We must keep our eyes on God. Walk in His ways. Live His Truth. Ask for His wisdom in deciding which way to walk, what words to say, with how to behave when relating to the world who does know God. We cannot live for God and look the other way towards evil. “Keep a vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts” is a prevalent theme throughout God’s Word.
Paul gave his protégé and apprentice Timothy the same advice;
“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16
What we say and do affects everyone around us. Our changed life for Christ, led by God’s Holy Spirit will change others’ lives when we “leave evil in the dust”. That’s a life living to hear God say, “Well done, faithful servant, well done!”
We live for you because we love you! We love you because you first loved us. Evil cannot get the best of us when we are abiding in you in close relationship with You. Thank you for your wisdom. You know our enemy better than we do so you battle evil for us. Thank you, again! You teach us in these battles to always trust you. Thank you! You help us to avoid the next trap set because of lessons learned from the last scheme that brought us to our knees. Actually, on our knees is where we should begin each day. You are first in my life. You are the One I praise all day long and thank at night before going to sleep. Thank you, Lord, for hearing our cries for help and answering every time.
In Jesus Name, Amen