Worship and Wisdom, Psalms and Proverbs

Psalm 24, The Message

A David Psalm

1-2 God claims Earth and everything in it,
    God claims World and all who live on it.
He built it on Ocean foundations,
    laid it out on River girders.

3-4 Who can climb Mount God?
    Who can scale the holy north-face?
Only the clean-handed,
    only the pure-hearted;
Men who won’t cheat,
    women who won’t seduce.

5-6 God is at their side;
    with God’s help they make it.
This, Jacob, is what happens
    to God-seekers, God-questers.

Wake up, you sleepyhead city!
Wake up, you sleepyhead people!
    King-Glory is ready to enter.

Who is this King-Glory?
    God, armed
    and battle-ready.

Wake up, you sleepyhead city!
Wake up, you sleepyhead people!
    King-Glory is ready to enter.

10 Who is this King-Glory?
    he is King-Glory.

TRUTH:  Are we ready for the God-of-the-Angel-Armies to come?  God is always at our side, going in front of us and standing behind us ready to catch us when we fall.  God is.  God has been.  God always will be.  He is God, King of Glory, with Jesus, His Son, who is coming again to claim those whose hearts are committed to Him.  Yes, He is God and we are not.  We cannot save ourselves, only God.  Wake up!  Live Truth!

Our wisdom comes from God, King of Glory, who defeats all evil in our path.  Here is a hint of what to think and do versus what to avoid.  Seek advisors who know God and walk in His Ways.  THINK with prayer to God before speaking.  Get in the habit of asking our inner selves, is what I am about to say Truthful, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind.  We will discover that most of our words are unnecessary.  Speak life into people instead of sucking life from them with words that are unkind.

Proverb 13:14-20, The Message

The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
    so, no more drinking from death-tainted wells!

15 Sound thinking makes for gracious living,
    but liars walk a rough road.

16 A commonsense person lives good sense;
    fools litter the country with silliness.

17 Irresponsible talk makes a real mess of things,
    but a reliable reporter is a healing presence.

18 Refuse discipline and end up homeless;
    embrace correction and live an honored life.

19 Souls who follow their hearts thrive;
    fools bent on evil despise matters of soul.

20 Become wise by walking with the wise;
    hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.

WISDOM:  Irresponsible talk makes a real mess of things, but a reliable reporter is a healing presence.  THINK before speaking.  Walk with the wise who know God.

Abba Father,

Thank you for stopping my foolish thoughts from becoming hurtful words when I pray for help.  Thank you for saving my soul.  I repent of those times hurtful words did spill out and you helped me clean up the mess from the experience.  You are God and I am not.  I believe what you say is True.  You are Truth whether I believe it or not.  I know this fact, too.  Help me to give life today with encouraging words to others.  Help me to love others like you love me.  Help me to leave nothing left undone but done well, in the most excellent way, by your love in me.  Thank you, God of Angel Armies for being by my side, helping in all the details of this day.  I am awake!  I am expectant!  I’ll be looking for you at work today!  And I will give you all the praise, for you are My God, the One and Only God!

In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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