For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
1 I said, “I will watch my ways
and keep my tongue from sin;
I will put a muzzle on my mouth
while in the presence of the wicked.”
2 So I remained utterly silent,
not even saying anything good.
But my anguish increased;
3 my heart grew hot within me.
While I meditated, the fire burned;
then I spoke with my tongue:
4 “Show me, Lord, my life’s end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
even those who seem secure.
6 “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom;
in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth
without knowing whose it will finally be.
7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for?
My hope is in you.
8 Save me from all my transgressions;
do not make me the scorn of fools.
9 I was silent; I would not open my mouth,
for you are the one who has done this.
10 Remove your scourge from me;
I am overcome by the blow of your hand.
11 When you rebuke and discipline anyone for their sin,
you consume their wealth like a moth—
surely everyone is but a breath.
12 “Hear my prayer, Lord,
listen to my cry for help;
do not be deaf to my weeping.
I dwell with you as a foreigner,
a stranger, as all my ancestors were.
13 Look away from me, that I may enjoy life again
before I depart and am no more.”
8 From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.
Rick Warren lately said people tend to be turtles or skunks. What would Jesus say about our communications?
6 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Jesus said be salt and light. Be interesting. Add to the conversation. Help your loved one in God. Not be top dog to your beloved.
Joshua was not relying on anyone other than the Holy Spirit to say not to the right, not to the left. God always says we are to love ourselves and to take care of our self worth before God.
We are supposed to be our best fake halo selves? No. Are we to hush up to fester inward? No. We are supposed to not be show offs. Not to be blow hards to one another. We are supposed to lift one another up with some humility and an idea to encourage each other without saying - praise me for my encouragement. God gives you mostly - to the ones He gives you.
Lord deliver us from the long discussion when fewer words work better. A blessing! Something to remember!
1 John 4:7
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
1. Be patient.
2. Encouragement is used by God to feed His people. Truthful encouragement.
3. God says our tongue is the hardest thing to control. We are given, for most of our time, to the ones we love. We are witnessing and helping the most to the ones God surrounds us with. We develop the character of those around us towards God in love and goodness, honesty and courtesy in love.
4. Some arguments are just words. We pray for what is put in our lives that isn't up to us. What isn't our choice, isn't necessarily ours to change - place this in the hand of God.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
God does NOT knock us down to get our attention.
10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
God speaks like the best parent
I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich,
and white garments so that you may clothe yourself,
and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed;
and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see.
19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock;
if anyone hears My voice and opens the door,
I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.
When we are blessed to do what Joel 3 says we all will accomplish - go before Father God on the Day He Calls Us Forth. Will He ask us what we did for strangers when we are called to Love? God is telling us to Love. Paul loved as he preached. For most of us we are called to have spouses, families, lives that involve a framework that leads like this - God, spouse, self, family, Church, job, friends, neighbors, others. Love is the call. We are called to give account that we cared for the ones He gave us. God is orderly. And His highest call is to Love and work this path.
We are called to be fun. To be honest. To educate. To encourage. To insist on teamwork. We are called to entertain. To enhance as salt enhances even chocolate. We are called to build the framework of what God would give us to allow the best possible chance for happiness. We are called to communicate earnestly in the best possible Light. We are called to build bridges. We are called to reveal ourselves and our problems - because this is Light and honesty. We are Light to be hopeful. To upbuild our love for God, for our spouse, ourself, family, Church, job, friends, neighbors, others and the community. Look for the good. When we focus on our problems - that is what we will see.
1 Peter 3:10
For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech."
David agrees with Peter. Millenniums apart and joined by God, Gods Word holds forth.
1 I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 What man is there who desires life
and loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones;
not one of them is broken.
21 Affliction will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
I open the Door for You and say come to live in me, Jesus Christ the Lord. I will dine with You in the Joy found in Your mercies renewed each day. Forgive my sins and lead me in the paths of righteousness for Your mercy.
Strengthen me to see the good. Salve my eyes to see situations honestly and wisely. Let me change what You would have me change and realize that You are the one in charge. This is the day You have made. I will do my best and lean on You. In Jesus. Let me be one of the Number. Let us exalt God together and rejoice in His Salvation.
Father God, we pray for our Nation. Let peace come again to our citizens and to this world. Help our armed forces to upbuild the young men and women who work for our good. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †