Nov. 12 – (Ps. 27; Pro. 13) “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear”? “The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Ps. 27:1) “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Ps. 27:14)
Verse 19 of Proverbs intrigues me. To turn away from evil is an abomination to fools. Let’s think about this for a moment. There is just so much going on today that many are appalled that we stand against those things. I am so sad. Selah
Nov. 13 – (Ps. 29; Pro. 14) “Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.” (Ps. 29:1-2) What are you going to give glory to the Lord for, today? Remember to give thanks for specific things and add them to your list of thanks!
Verse 4 has always interested me. If the strength of the ox is the means for plowing the ground to produce abundant crops then protecting oxen in a stable is a necessary part of the labor, even though it involves the unpleasant work of cleaning the stable. An empty stable may be clean (thus no unpleasant work is required), but it won’t produce any abundance. What “unpleasant” work of cleaning do you despise in your walk with the Lord? Selah
Nov. 14 – (Ps. 30; Pro. 15) “Sing praises to the Lord, O you His saints, and give thanks to His holy name.” (Ps. 30:4) “You have turned my mourning into dancing. You have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!” (Ps. 30: 11-12)
As I have read these Proverbs, there are many I can relate to, whether having experienced the negative or the positive. Verse 1 of Proverbs 15 is another such one. The word “harsh” is literally “word of pain”. What is your first reaction in a situation where conflict arises, and soft words are then spoken? How about when the response is “harsh”?
Nov. 15 – (Ps. 34; Pro. 16) “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together.” (Ps. 34:1-3) Let’s bless the Lord today by telling of who He is (as opposed to what He does)!
I loved the commentary from verse 6 of Proverbs 16. It portrays the sacrificial system, by which iniquity is atoned for, as an expression of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness (see Ex. 34:6; Prov. 3.3; 14:22; 20:28). The right response is the fear of the Lord, by which one turns away from doing evil (compare Pro. 3:7; 14:16; Job 1:1; Ps. 34:14). The Bible consistently presents the effort to behave morally as the right response to God’s grace.
Nov. 16 – (Ps.32; Pro. 17) “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” (Ps. 32:1) “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” (Ps. 32: 8) “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!” (Ps. 32:11) When we sin, we ask forgiveness and peace and joy can return!
Proverbs 17:9-13 begins by stressing the importance of friends forgiving one another. It then notes the wisdom of accepting friendly correction (v.10). It concludes with statements about the dangerous effects of constant rebellion against God (vv. 11-13). Unforgiveness and a proud spirit are rebellion against God. Selah
Nov. 17 – (Ps. 33; Pro. 18) “Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. Give thanks to the Lord…. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.” (Ps. 33:1-3) Now that is using our lips for the best purpose!
Verses 4-8 of Proverbs 18, speak to the use of our lips. What is in the heart comes out in our speech. Let’s purpose to make every word we speak today be affirming and beneficial to the ears that hear.
Nov. 18 – (Ps. 37; Pro. 19) “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Let’s thank Him today that as we delight in Him, He puts His desires in us…and what He desires He will do!
Proverbs 19:2 reminds me again that goals are important. “Whoever makes haste with his feet” likely refers to an impulsive person who acts without thinking or planning. He has a desire to get somewhere but does not have sufficient knowledge to reach his goal. Hmm