Nov. 26 – (Ps. 147, Pro. 27) “Praise the Lord!  For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.” “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Ps. 147:1, 3) Let’s thank Him today for specific times He healed our broken hearts and bound up our wounds.  Don’t rehearse any pain from those moments…dwell on God’s healing and thank Him! 

 Proverbs 27 holds many truths that kind of appeal to my humorous side.  Verse 14 reminds me of why we wait to contact someone early in the morning.  I am a very early riser.  I can be studying for CA BRC at 5 AM.  That’s when I think of someone I need to contact but immediately I realize that connection would not be appreciated at that time!  Verse 2 reminds me of a saying: He who toots his own horn has a well-tooted horn! Verse 17 reminds me of the Christian community. It should be that we sharpen each other in the ways of the Lord! 

Nov. 27 – (Ps. 145, Pro. 28) “I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.  Every day I will bless You and praise Your name forever and ever.  Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend Your works to another and shall declare Your mighty acts.” (Ps. 145:1-4) Let’s tell our children/grandchildren today how great the Lord has been in our life.  Be specific!

                Did you ever wonder what it really means to fear the Lord?  Proverbs 28:13-14 can help us with that. To fear the Lord involves confessing one’s sins, rather than concealing them and hardening one’s heart.  A person who confesses their sins, receives mercy and is therefore truly happy.  So simple and yet… 

Nov. 28 – (Ps. 148, Pro. 29) “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; praise Him, all His hosts!”  (Ps. 148:1-2) Not just man but all the earth praises God! Have you ever heard the trees clap their hands?  Pastor Torry has!  Ask him about it sometime! 

                Proverbs 29:25 has become more real to me in the past years.  If we fear man (what he says or thinks), it means we believe him more than we believe and trust in God. Verse 27 brings a simple truth to this section of Proverbs. Righteousness and evil are offensive to each other. Those who are faithful to God should not be surprised when they are hated by the wicked.   

Nov. 29 – (Ps. 136, Pro. 30) “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” For His steadfast love endures forever…for His steadfast love endures forever…for His steadfast love endures forever…for His steadfast love endures forever. Let me say it one more time that His steadfast love endures forever!  Oh, if we only trusted this Truth in every moment of our lives.

                This Proverb seems to be summing up all that has been said.  Verses 5-6 reiterates that every word of God proves true.  The proverb’s emphasis on every “word” underscores the truthfulness, trustworthiness and reliability of the “Bible, not just in its overall message but also in every detail.  

Nov. 30 – (Ps. 150, Pro. 31) “Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens! Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord!” (Ps. 150: 1-2, 6) God is so creative! We can praise Him in soo many ways!           

                Proverbs 31:10-31 is so well known as a plumb line for women to measure how they are doing. But it is so much more. This portrait of excellence sets such a high standard that it can be depressing to godly women today until its purpose is understood.  First, the woman embodies wisdom in all areas of life.  This shows that the teaching of Proverbs is intended for all of God’s people. Second, this profile is an ideal.  It is not expected that any one woman will look exactly like this in every way.  Rather, it is an example of full-scale virtue and wisdom toward which the faithful are willing to be molded. Does that take any pressure off? 

DID YOU KNOW? Verses 10-31 is a wisdom poem in an acrostic.  Each successive verse begins with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet. 

Dec. 1 – (Ps. 98) Let’s finish this week with Psalms.  Psalm 98 encourages us to make a joyful noise for God!  I didn’t say it needed to be good quality!  God has done marvelous things for Israel all the way down to us.  What can we do but praise Him!  Selah 

Dec. 2 – (Ps. 93) “The Lord reigns; He is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; He has put on strength as His belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.  Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.”  (Pr. 93:1-2) All of the world is established through God’s creation.  All the world can be saved and restored through God’s plan of salvation.  As we come into the Christmas season, let’s be aware that what we celebrate as our Life, there are many around us who don’t know that saving peace and joy.  We are the shepherds, Wise men, and may I even say angels, who will “spread the Good News”!