“Looking For Life In All The Wrong Places” – One Year Bible Reading (Psalms/Proverbs) – July 8

Psalm 6:1-10  Sheol No   A Penitential/Lament Psalm By David

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Psalm 6:1-10 Sheol No

David is in a bad mood . . . again.  You would be too if you were being chased around by your son who had ripped your kingdom away from you (check out 2 Sam. 17 esp. v. 24).

David believes he is being punished by God and is asking for mercy (v. 1)

He’s feeling sick, either physically or emotionally and spiritually (v. 2-3, this psalm was possibly written when he was sick after his son by Bathsheba died, cf. Ps. 51).  Even his “bones” are feeling sick (v. 2).  He’s “pining” away (“feint” NIV, remember the witch at the end of the Wiz was melting?).

He’s doing the “how long” thing again (v. 3, remember Ps. 4:2?).  He uses the argument that he can’t praise God in Sheol, the holding tank for the dead in the OT, if God allows him to be offed (v. 5).  He appeals to God’s hesed, His covenant love (v.4, “unfailing love” NIV, “lovingkindness”  NASB).

He’s really, really not feeling well (vv. 6-7).

He tells those who are after to him to scat (v. 8) because He knows God has heard his plea (v. 9).

Once again the psalmist starts by whining but then remembers Who God is and then ends up trusting Him.

Once again, can you end in trust?

 

Proverbs 18:20-21  Looking For Life In All The Wrong Places

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People should eat more fruit these days.  In fact, they should eat even more vegetables than fruit.  We should be harvesting them ourselves.

That’s not really what this verse is about.  But it should be.  It means that whatever a man sows, he will also reap (v. 20, cf. Gal. 6:7).  If you eat healthy, you will be healthy.  If you speak healthy words to others, you will be healthy spiritually.  And  you won’t mind so much if you have to eat your own words!

Yesterday, I went to a movie and was talking to the theater manager about five feet away from the concessions counter.  A lady was ordering and stopped to rebuke us for talking “so loud that she couldn’t hear” the clerk.  I had been talking only a couple minutes and had just finished.  So I turned to her and said, “NOT ANY MORE!”  I thought she had been pretty rude though I know I can talk a bit loudly.  I think it’s another sign of the end times.  People can be so self-centered and rude these days!

I don’t mean to be a fatist, since I am overweight, but I could tell she was into herself quite a bit.  She had reaped what she has sown.

I wish I could have talked to her.  But I didn’t get the impression she would listen to me.

Here is what is the most sad about it all.  There are so many people that are into their own comfort these days, it is almost impossible to reach them with the gospel (cf. Luke 18:25).  It does not mean that we should stop trying to spread the Gospel (cf. How To Be Sure You’re Going To Heaven – “no fine print, no caveats,” right-hand side column).

There is plenty of death in people’s mouths these days (v. 21).  Movies, TV, ballgames, school, office, you name it.

There is a lot of life in people’s language, if you look hard enough for it.  But you really have to look for it (cf. Jer. 29:13; Matt. 7:7).

An old friend of mine used to tell me not to utter a “bad confession.”  I think he overdid things a bit.  But there is a lot of truth in what he said.  I have to ask myself, “Is there life in what I say?”

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