Here are more Psalms of thankfulness and praise with more Proverbs of wisdom!
Nov. 19 – (Ps. 47; Pro. 20) “Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth.” (Ps. 47:1-2) “Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! (Ps. 47:6-7)
Proverbs 20:8-12 looks at judgment from various angles. The purpose of the king, representing human government, is to restrain evil through acts of judgment (v.8). Awareness of one’s own guilt should make one merciful in judging others (v.9). Scales (commercial tools that are often used as symbols of judgment) should be fair, balanced, and impartial (v. 10). People’s actions show what they are, and this applies even to children (v.11). As God made both the eye and the ear, He knows best how to assess a person or situation. His judgment will be final and decisive (v. 12). I also am intrigued with verse 29. If the splendor of old men is their gray hair, why do we work so hard at covering that gray? What does that say about us? What does that say about how our culture views “older people”? Selah
Nov. 20 – (Ps. 48; Pro. 21) “Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion in the far north, the city of the great King.” Can you hear a song we used to sing? That was one thing I appreciate about that era (or move of God) when Integrity music (and some others) brought scripture set to music. God has something to say to us in every era. I pray we are listening and grasp each new wave of communication He brings to us.
In Pro. 21:2, it talks about the weighing of the heart. The concept of weighing the heart originated in Egypt. Egyptians believed that when a person died, the gods placed that person’s heart on a set of golden scales along with the Feather of Truth. If the heart weighed less than the feather, the person was admitted into the afterlife. It is possible that the Israelites brought this imagery with them when they left Egypt and replaced the Egyptian gods with Yahweh, who is the true judge of the heart. Now I am a so practical in my thinking. If they actually did that, no heart would be lighter than a feather! Oh the “things we believe in” that are just not true! Selah
Nov. 21 – (Ps. 54; Pro. 22) “Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.” (Ps. 54:4) “With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.” (Ps. 54:6) Let’s thank Him today for helping us when we mess up. He is so loving!
Of course, all Christian parents rely on Proverbs 22:6 for their children’s future. The older I get the more I see that this verse is a promise and a threat. There are so many choices as parents and as a child growing up that change our thinking and behavior for life. It can be for our good or not. Let’s continue to thank Him for the good and thank Him for forgiving our sins when they show up in us or those watching us. Selah
Nov. 22 – (Ps. 66; Pro. 23) “Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of His name; give to Him glorious praise! Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!” (Ps. 66:1-3) Let’s write down some of God’s glorious deeds He has done in your life!
This proverb seems to speak a lot about food yet has many meanings beside actually eating. What part speaks to you? What is the Lord saying to you through these verses? Being so very practical (most times, I’m too practical) I am reminded that God wants me to eat only to live, not live to eat. “Oh, help me, Lord!”
Nov. 23 – (Ps. 89; Pro. 24) “I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known Your faithfulness to all generations.” Today tell other generations of God’s steadfast love in your life. (Ps. 89:1)
Proverbs 24 contains lessons on how to be wise. Let’s pick out at least 5 things that help us grow wise. As I was reading verse 16, about the righteous falls 7 times and rises again, I was reminded of Jesus saying we should forgive 77 times (Matt. 18:21). Hmm.
Nov. 24 – (Ps. 91; Pro. 25) I have chosen Psalm 91 for today, not because it’s words literally praise God but because I felt we needed to be reminded that as we trust in God, we dwell…live moment by moment, in the shelter of the Most High. We will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. In all circumstances we can say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Now isn’t that a great thing we can thank Him for! SELAH!
Before you read Proverbs 25, let’s get a little history lesson concerning chapters 25-29:27. The present form of the book of Proverbs came into existence at earliest, in the reign of Hezekiah (reigned 715-686 B.C). Hezekiah is credited with reviving Judah’s religious traditions (2 Kgs. 18:3-7). A new, expanded edition of Solomonic proverbs was apparently part of that revival. Let’s also get a lesson on the weather in this area. It will help us understand verse 23. In Palestine, winds from the north usually bring good weather. When the north wind brings rain, as in 25:23, the rain can be sudden and damaging. Thus, it is compared here to a “backbiting tongue.” Hmm
Nov. 25 – (Ps. 149; Pro. 26) “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! Let them praise His name with dancing, making melody to Him with tambourine and lyre!” Instead of writing something you are thankful for today, why not give a little dance to Him in privacy? Go on…you won’t die!😊
In Proverbs 26, we read a lot about a fool. Verses 4 and 5 seem to contradict each other. But the fact that they are grouped together shows they do not. Rather, they cover two situations. The reader must determine when it is best to answer not a fool (ignore him) and when to answer him. He must be answered if silence would cause harm to the fool or to others. Can you think of an experience you encountered for either? How did you respond?