Fret not yourself because of evildoers;
be not envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade like the grass
and wither like the green herb.
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.
I sat down this morning and randomly thumbed through the pages of my Bible, stopping and reading the first few verses that my finger landed on. The is where my finger landed.
I thought this fit with my post “It’s In Our Hearts” which is about Deuteronomy 30:11-14, especially verse 14 which reads:
The word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart so that you can do it. Continue reading
In peace I will both lie down and sleep. For you alone O Lord make me dwell in safety.
I read this the other morning as I was doing my daily morning ritual.
Reading the Bible every morning is a habit I started about six or seven years ago maybe longer. I’m not exactly sure when I made it part of my daily ritual but I know it was before I made the decision to leave behind the stress and frustration of my management position.
I was looking for contentment in my life, serenity to take the place of the chaos and pressure I was experiencing every day on my job. The chaos and pressure always made its way into my mornings, evenings, weekends, holidays and vacations.
I was not able to lie down and sleep in peace. Continue reading
If you read some of my posts you may know that every morning I read a few chapters of my Bible and I have been doing this for a number of years. I’ve read it cover to cover a number of times. Sometimes I read it in order from page 1 to the end and sometimes I skip around from book to book.
The other day while reading my Bible I got to thinking about how big of a role God played in people’s lives when these books were written and then as the years go by (thousands of them) God has a smaller and smaller role.
I think about the book of Psalms. The whole book is King David talking to God either through poetry or songs. Continue reading
The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of your anger,
and your wrath according to the fear of you?
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
How powerful are these words from Psalms?
I don’t care if you do or don’t believe in God or whatever form of God or superior being you worship or deny. There is no denying the power of these words.
Of course I had to write this verse down when I read it.
When you’re younger this doesn’t mean much but as you age and as the seventy years become a hell of a lot closer to you than when you were twenty or thirty, words like these start to take on a whole new meaning.
This is my take on what King David is trying to tell himself with this verse. Note his honesty, David has written this for himself, a reflection on his life. He was one of the most powerful individuals on the earth at the time yet he does not delude himself. Continue reading
My mouth shall speak wisdom, the mediation of my heart shall be understanding. I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.
What I like most about these verses is the final line, “I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.”
It speaks of how spiritual music is and how music can move you emotionally and that it should.
It speaks of the idea that music can open you up to thoughts and feelings, to see things differently. Music is very powerful.
It says to me that King David would use the melodies, chords, rhythms and sounds of music to help him settle his mind, calm his soul and contemplate the answers to the questions and problems of his life.
It says to me music is holy. Continue reading
Psalms 12:2 – “Everyone lies to his neighbor, with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
When I first read this I immediately thought of the office bullshitter.
They certainly lie to everyone while piling on the empty platitudes, especially to the company managers and executives. The double heart that they speak with is constant.
You never trust a word they say. They say things just to distract you from the truth or just so they don’t have to deal with the truth.
I guess every office has one. You see them kissing the boss’s ass upon arrival and throughout the day, while conveniently throwing their coworkers under the bus.
They are extreme. Continue reading
This morning I read Psalms Chapter 35 Verse 10 which is:
“All my bones shall say ‘O Lord who is like you, delivering the poor from him who is too strong for him, the poor and needy from him who robs him?’”
As soon as I read that verse I had a revelation.
I said to myself, “This is why governments want to rid themselves of religion, or the other extreme, why they want to control the religion of the state.”
This verse, as does God, gives hope to the oppressed which is something the oppressor does not want.
It tells the subjects of the government that there is a higher power, a higher authority. Governments do not want their subjects to believe that. Continue reading