GOOD MORNING SIBLINGS!
Today’s Readings are Psalm 32-34
Psalm 32 is a deep pool of wisdom indeed.
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.Psalm 32:1-2
How do we become this type of person? Whose transgression is forgiven, sin is covered, and against whom no iniquity is counted? By following in the footsteps of our Messiah, by walking on that narrow path so clearly laid out before us by our Father.
This beautiful psalm goes on to detail how the Father lovingly instructs us, keeping His eyes upon us while He offers us His wisdom. But one of the sentences in the last set caught my eye. “…steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in YHWH.”
I’ve heard a lot of people say “I trust in the Lord”. In my personal experience with this phrase the last couple of years, it has been said as a means of excusing not preparing their home with extra food or not heeding the repeated requests to exercise caution out in the world at large. Most of the time, it is said as a means of dismissing the need to apply wisdom – usually Biblical wisdom at that – to our lives. It is a statement being used in a way that is dismissive of risk and responsibility. It isn’t said as in “I trust in the Lord and therefore I will follow His instruction as found in His word” but “I trust in the Lord and that is my license to do whatever I want, be irresponsible, and expect Him to step in when my habit of leaning onto my own understanding catches up with me.”
I just wanted to assure you that the trust in the Lord David is referring to is the former and not the latter. This is just another warning that the further we get from living Biblically, the easier it is to twist Scripture to suit us.
Some quick highlights from the rest of our reading.
The counsel of YHWH stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations. Psalm 33:11
How long is YHWH’s wisdom good for? We need to pause from time to time and digest that to let it sink in. Take it to heart. Better yet, take it to soul.
And this is my prayer as I write these notes and prepare to go outside and blow my shofar as part of our petition to the Father:
Our soul waits for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in him,
because we trust in his holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
even as we hope in you.
I leave you with this- A rallying cry for our group!
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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! Psalm 34:1-3
Test everything, hold tight to what is good.~ 1 Thess 5:21
We are saved by Grace alone: Obedience is not the root of our salvation, it is the fruit!
May YHWH bless the reading of His Word!