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Proverbs 14-16 

I could not get past chapter fourteen – too much wisdom and advice. Although it goes all over the place, each expression is worth meditating on.

An honest life shows respect for God;
    a degenerate life is a slap in his face. – Proverbs 14:2 MSG

An honest life means that I am showing my true colours – whether in grace or in sin. In grace, others see my reverence for God and that gives Him honour and establishes that He is God in my life and to Him all honour is due. I think my actions speak with every step I take and people point and say, “Here is one who honours God.” That does not happen as much as I would like. I think I would even take a few persecutions just to know that people see God in me.

Lives of careless wrongdoing are run-down shacks;
    holy living builds soaring cathedrals. – Proverbs 14:11 MSG

I am called to evaluate what are true riches and true honour. I am sure what outward appearances have to do with wisdom, so I am looking more at graces and even comfort when I evaluate.

The hotheaded do things they’ll later regret;
    the coldhearted get the cold shoulder. – Proverbs 14:17 MSG

Not only am I taking this as instruction for me, but I want to hang out with those who have a reputation for wisdom and honour and take focused care to bridle their passion.

Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion;
    wise realists plant their feet on the ground. – Proverbs 14:18 MSG

Here I can truly say that wisdom has become the honour of the wise. I want to be wise.

It’s criminal to ignore a neighbor in need,
    but compassion for the poor—what a blessing! – Proverbs 14:21 MSG

A practical application of wisdom is compassion. It is a character trait to have mercy on the poor. This kind of action is honourable and I know that I am happy when I am in this place because I believe it pleases God.

The wise accumulate wisdom;
    fools get stupider by the day. – Proverbs 14:24 MSG

There is no resting – and if I am getting wiser and developing better character, imagine what I could do with wealth. I would be even more honourable and useful. Wisdom gets results and when I get results, I get honoured.

The mark of a good leader is loyal followers;
    leadership is nothing without a following. – Proverbs 14:28 MSG

They say that 80% of Harvard’s leadership courses come from the Bible – here is a perfect example of something I thought I learned in university but it comes straight from the Bible – my loss.

Father, I want to be wise, and as You grow me I pray that others will see Your wisdom in me and decide to follow me. That would be a blessing.

Erwin (evanlaar1922)

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Psalms 141:1-145:7 

I remember the Footprints in the Sand poem only because I have been there and many others have been there – when we think we walk alone.

Look right, look left—
    there’s not a soul who cares what happens! I’m up against the wall, with no exit—
    it’s just me, all alone. – Psalm 142:4 MSG

In particular, when there is no one at my right, my place of strength, I can not only feel alone, but vulnerable too. It is here where I would like to be honoured with a close friend. These are the moments I call out to God.

I cry out, God, call out:
    ‘You’re my last chance, my only hope for life!’
Oh listen, please listen;
    I’ve never been this low.
Rescue me from those who are hunting me down;
    I’m no match for them. – Psalm 142:5-6 MSG

Somehow I know He will not leave me in this state of mind – He has a weak spot in honouring those who count on Him as their only hope. He has done it for me on so many occasions.

I’ll bless you every day,
    and keep it up from now to eternity. – Psalm 145:2 MSG

I can tell you that because of who He is in those moments of alone time, I freely bless Him and honour Him every day.

Your beauty and splendor have everyone talking;
    I compose songs on your wonders. – Psalm 145:5 MSG

When I am with others , I speak about the honour of God, His majesty, splendour and glory. He is the reason for my praise – the way He works His wonders need to be shared with others.

Father, I know You see me in my down time. I know that You know that I have forgotten that You have not left me to be alone. As I slowly come out of my low, I begin to remember Your mighty works, Your amazing love, Your majesty and praise begins to flow from my lips and my heart begins to beat again with a passion for You. I love how I can tell others about You saving my soul. Thank You for being the difference in my life and not leaving me in the hands of the enemy who has been seeking to kill, steal and destroy. Blessings to You.

Erwin (evanlaar1922)

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Psalms 125-131

“Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.” Psalms 126 NLT

Am I focusing on the dead, dry places or His power to restore? How awesome that my tears can be seeds that are turned into joy.

“From the depths of despair, O Lord, I call for your help. Hear my cry, O Lord. Pay attention to my prayer. I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word.” Psalms 130:1-5 NLT

The Psalms help me to preserve. And remind me where my hope is.

How joyful are those who fear the Lord-all who follow his ways!” Psalms 128:1 NLT

Dear Father, thank you for your faithfulness. For hearing my prayers. Thank you that you are with me. My joy is found in You. Amen.

Amy(amyctanner)

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Psalms 119:41-96

I have no idea how I escaped the “legal” aspect that I hear others speak of when it comes to the practice of prayer or bible reading etc. There has been a profound desire to cherish God’s Word. Probably because for me, it was a choice of life or death and I chose life.

I cherish your commandments—oh, how I love them!—
    relishing every fragment of your counsel. – Psalm 119:48 MSG

I know that I am really just reflecting the love that God has for me and this joy, this cherishing and relishing, is like an act of honour. It is my gift of time and energy spent with God and His word. Maybe that is the definition of love – feeling, giving honouring, and desiring to spend time and energy with the one I love.

The haters hate me without mercy,
    but I don’t budge from your revelation.
I watch for your ancient landmark words,
    and know I’m on the right track. – Psalm 119:50-51 MSG

It is sometimes hard to think of what King David went through because of his faith. Here he is, a man of honour, wisdom and faithful to his people and his country, and yet he is jeered for that faith.

When I think of those who have held me in their laughter, I cannot help but know that their applause and honour they receive in this world might be great for a while – but they will never know the comfort I have for knowing that I am on the right track with my walk with God.

I get up in the middle of the night to thank you;
    your decisions are so right, so true—I can’t wait till morning! – Psalm 119:62 MSG

When I set my heart on thanking God I have great dreams while I sleep. I come into my world in the morning with a slew of things to do that will honour God.

I’m a friend and companion of all who fear you,
    of those committed to living by your rules. – Psalm 119:63 MSG

Slowly I am still learning that I need to choose wisely with whom I will hang out with. I need to be with those who want to honour God and His word.

The godless spread lies about me,
    but I focus my attention on what you are saying. – Psalm 119:69 MSG

Instead of discouraging me and putting me in depression, I have this incredible appetite to give myself, all of myself, to God in obedience to Him, in hopes of honouring Him with my whole heart.

I see the limits to everything human,
    but the horizons can’t contain your commands! – Psalm 119:96 MSG

When I look at the world and all the things it has to offer, including the things that matter – wealth, power, honour etc. – there is no life there.

Father, thank you for giving me the power, that is found in You, to live this walk You have called me to live – it is life!

Erwin (evanlaar1922)

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Psalms 104:5-105:24

I cannot find myself able to get past Psalm 104 as each segment I read hold truths that will help me get through life. Here are only two of my thoughts.

God’s trees are well-watered—
    the Lebanon cedars he planted.
Birds build their nests in those trees;
    look—the stork at home in the treetop. – Psalm 104:16-17 MSG

If God can call the Lebanon cedars, His trees, imagine what He thinks of me when He thinks of me as His child. Cedars are not all that amazing but they definitely help me understand how He takes the weak things of this world to mess up the things which seem more powerful and open to honour. It is in the simple vessels of humility – cedars – that He pours the glory of the highest development – it is there that His glory can be seen by everyone – especially someone like me.

Meanwhile, men and women go out to work,
    busy at their jobs until evening. – Psalm 104:23 MSG

Here is where my strength comes from, thinking about my Creator’s thoughts I am conscious of His purpose and I find myself wanting to take part in some intelligent manner to making that purpose happen. There is nothing more honouring and pleasing to God to see me pray and strive to be something. To not honour myself the way He honours me cannot be acceptable to Him.

The world speaks into this and calls it ‘manhood.’

One thing I have loved about my work is that I have not had to endure it, to be a slave to it or to even have to serve it. My wife helped me a lot in my early years. Work is a thing honourable, appointed and set aside for me as part of His creation. There is a sense, right in the middle of that, where I claim and affirm my likeness to God.

I am not passive in my openness to the blessings that God has for me. I understand that in life the salvation of souls matters most, but with all work, there is respect, honour and joy.

If the world thinks like Plato, Aristotle, Cicero and Socrates – to be in a place or profession where there was an exchange of product for money – which, by the way, was despised, then I have a problem as a follower of Jesus. Adam and Eve, Jesus, Paul all got their hands dirty by working and earning their keep.

Father, the fact that You care about the cedars of Lebanon shows just how much You care about me – thank you for giving me Jesus. While my life in Christ is my all, I love how I can work in this world and enjoy it because of Your favour and blessing, I know what really matters is the world to come. Make my spiritual life and the lives of others matter most.

Erwin (evanlaar1922)

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