Psalm 37 & Proverbs 6
Here is my take on Psalm 37 & Proverbs 6. Please let me know what your thoughts are if you are following along!
1 Don’t worry about the wicked
or envy those who do wrong.
2 For like grass, they soon fade away.
Like spring flowers, they soon wither.
3 Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
5 Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
Wow. Again, as I was speaking to one of my children about her dreams and desires, this is what I said to her. It is so instilled in me that I didn’t know that I was quoting from Scripture. It is something I just live by.
She is an instant gratification kid. It pops in her head and she hyper focuses on it so much that it soon becomes her reality. Through her spontaneity, there have been many things that have proven to be not so great. Lots of natural consequences to her choices.
She has dreams. I’m all about dreams, but if you are so ingrained in the Lord through Scripture and prayer, magic happens. There are blessings He is WAITING to throw on you. Things you didn’t even know you wanted but when it happens it knocks your socks off!
He gives you the desires of your heart, but you have to give your heart to Him first.
6 He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
7 Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.
8 Stop being angry!
Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper—
it only leads to harm.
This can encompass so much in my current life. I have to stop being angry. Also, I need to turn from my rage and control my temper. This has been a trying couple of weeks plus the added fun with a couple of my kids. May the Lord temper my mouth and convict me instantly.
9 For the wicked will be destroyed,
but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.
10 Soon the wicked will disappear.
Though you look for them, they will be gone.
11 The lowly will possess the land
and will live in peace and prosperity.
12 The wicked plot against the godly;
they snarl at them in defiance.
13 But the Lord just laughs,
for he sees their day of judgment coming.
Verse 13 makes me giggle. These people, these bullies, that I have been dealing with…I rage and I lose my temper. Yet, this verse says that the Lord just laughs at these people. He knows judgment is coming. Really, I need to just shut up and let Him handle it.
14 The wicked draw their swords
and string their bows
to kill the poor and the oppressed,
to slaughter those who do right.
15 But their swords will stab their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
16 It is better to be godly and have little
than to be evil and rich.
17 For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,
but the Lord takes care of the godly.
18 Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent,
and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.
19 They will not be disgraced in hard times;
even in famine they will have more than enough.
20 But the wicked will die.
The Lord’s enemies are like flowers in a field—
they will disappear like smoke.
As I get older, I see more and more of the context of these Scriptures. People are ready to pounce on a person. More times than not, there really is no reason. How sad is that we live in a time that hate is so prevalent? What holds more sadness for me, is that my grandchildren will be raised in a generation of more hate.
The comfort I seek is in Jesus. He is my Help in times of uncertainty, fear, and hate. I questioned my salvation in my younger adult years. Heavily. Honestly, now, though I screw up (we are human), I am certain of the fact that I am His and He is mine.
21 The wicked borrow and never repay,
but the godly are generous givers.
22 Those the Lord blesses will possess the land,
but those he curses will die.
23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.
25 Once I was young, and now I am old.
Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned
or their children begging for bread.
“Though they (meaning me) stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”
26 The godly always give generous loans to others,
and their children are a blessing.
27 Turn from evil and do good,
and you will live in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves justice,
and he will never abandon the godly.
He will keep them safe forever,
but the children of the wicked will die.
29 The godly will possess the land
and will live there forever.
30 The godly offer good counsel;
they teach right from wrong.
31 They have made God’s law their own,
so they will never slip from his path.
32 The wicked wait in ambush for the godly,
looking for an excuse to kill them.
33 But the Lord will not let the wicked succeed
or let the godly be condemned when they are put on trial.
34 Put your hope in the Lord.
Travel steadily along his path.
He will honor you by giving you the land.
You will see the wicked destroyed.
35 I have seen wicked and ruthless people
flourishing like a tree in its native soil.
36 But when I looked again, they were gone!
Though I searched for them, I could not find them!
37 Look at those who are honest and good,
for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.
38 But the rebellious will be destroyed;
they have no future.
39 The Lord rescues the godly;
he is their fortress in times of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them,
rescuing them from the wicked.
He saves them,
and they find shelter in him.
Honestly, I have set back and wondered about verse 35. You see all these people, who by their fruit, are not kind people. Yet, they flourish. They spend thousands of dollars on whatever it is they want. It seems like as they drop cash, it is because they “need” something. New this and new that, new cars, jewelry, the best schools, nannies for their 1.5 “typical kids.” If they want it, they get it. Money is no object.
Now, I’m not saying all people who have been blessed with money have no fruit on their spiritual trees. I know lots of people who have more money than I will ever see in a lifetime. Yet, I also see this enormous fruit from their tree! They are some of the most generous, giving people that I know. Sitting back and watching them blesses my heart and inspires me to be the best version of me that I can be. With or without money.
By all appearances, they are “godly” humans who just need a few extra things. Yet, I’m over here thinking about how I’m going to pay for treatment for my son because insurance won’t pay for his treatments. All the things break (dishwasher, dryer, deer through the windshield) and we are scrambling to be able to replace at least the windshield.
Yes, these are first-world problems.
We have done without a dishwasher for YEARS. The dryer, however, is a necessity and so is the windshield. Still, I digress. I hope you get what I’m saying. We have been to a developing country and we have seen with our eyes how blessed we are in America. I mean, we are blessed!
The love of money is the root of all evil. This, I know. However, it does make things easier. Yet, when things are “easily” accessible, why would I need a Savior? I should depend on Him more instead of myself and this thought process that permeates my mind. Rich or poor, if you give and do with a spirit of the Lord, He will bless you!
I’m rambling. I know.
My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt
or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger—
2 if you have trapped yourself by your agreement
and are caught by what you said—
3 follow my advice and save yourself,
for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy.
Now swallow your pride;
go and beg to have your name erased.
4 Don’t put it off; do it now!
Don’t rest until you do.
5 Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter,
like a bird fleeing from a net.
I have met these words intimately. There are, at least 4, distinct times in our marriage that we fell into the prey of “friends” and helping them out. Once, we needed our name placed on something as a … oh what do you call it … a co-signor of sorts. Then, another incident happened where there was another sum of money that was needed. We did what we could, yet we did not pray first and ask the Lord if this was the right course of action. Sadly, we paid for those decisions in a not so great way.
There was another situation where someone needed to “borrow” money with the promise of paying it back. Yep, that never happened. It wasn’t a lot, but at the time, it seemed like a fortune to us. Then, yet another time, we were needed to do something for someone. This time, we knew we wouldn’t get that back. Honestly, we tried. Yet, the Lord intervened and nothing we tried worked. That is when we knew, we had gone too far. Also, again, we did not seek the Lord’s face in any of these decisions.
We were super stupid in the first scenario. Our desire was to help, their desire was to take us for what we were worth. Then, when the “well” went dry, they no longer associated with us. Such a hard time. Very hurtful to our entire family. The second scenario…we were equally as stupid. You’d think we’d learn our lesson!
6 Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.
Learn from their ways and become wise!
7 Though they have no prince
or governor or ruler to make them work,
8 they labor hard all summer,
gathering food for the winter.
9 But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep?
When will you wake up?
10 A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;
scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
Idleness. Keep your hands busy because if you don’t, you will be attacked. I would love to say I was prepared for all the things all the time, but I’m not. We are working towards that. I will post a blog about our debt and where we are now.
12 What are worthless and wicked people like?
They are constant liars,
13 signaling their deceit with a wink of the eye,
a nudge of the foot, or the wiggle of fingers.
14 Their perverted hearts plot evil,
and they constantly stir up trouble.
15 But they will be destroyed suddenly,
broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing.
16 There are six things the Lord hates—
no, seven things he detests:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that kill the innocent,
18 a heart that plots evil,
feet that race to do wrong,
19 a false witness who pours out lies,
a person who sows discord in a family.
These are all pretty clear, to me!
20 My son, obey your father’s commands,
and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
21 Keep their words always in your heart.
Tie them around your neck.
22 When you walk, their counsel will lead you.
When you sleep, they will protect you.
When you wake up, they will advise you.
23 For their command is a lamp
and their instruction a light;
their corrective discipline
is the way to life.
I wish, as a child, I would have embedded these words in my heart. My mom is such a strong believer. I can close my eyes and see her old brown Bible opened at the kitchen table with her cup of coffee. She would be sitting, reading, praying, writing. What an inspiration!
24 It will keep you from the immoral woman,
from the smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman.
25 Don’t lust for her beauty.
Don’t let her coy glances seduce you.
26 For a prostitute will bring you to poverty,
but sleeping with another man’s wife will cost you your life.
27 Can a man scoop a flame into his lap
and not have his clothes catch on fire?
28 Can he walk on hot coals
and not blister his feet?
29 So it is with the man who sleeps with another man’s wife.
He who embraces her will not go unpunished.
30 Excuses might be found for a thief
who steals because he is starving.
31 But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole,
even if he has to sell everything in his house.
32 But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool,
for he destroys himself.
33 He will be wounded and disgraced.
His shame will never be erased.
34 For the woman’s jealous husband will be furious,
and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35 He will accept no compensation,
nor be satisfied with a payoff of any size.
Uhm, this is absolutely discernable. Don’t be stupid.