Proverbs:Boast In God

“5Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 7Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. 8This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. 9Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” ~Proverbs 3

Where is wisdom?

Where is honor?

Is your heart of gold?

Where is boasting?

Where are praises due?

Could it be you?

Could it be you?

.

Lift up

Lift up

Your eyes to the Heavens!

Lift up

Lift up

Your heart to the hills!

Raise your voice

To your God

Your Creator!

Lift it high

.

The fear of the Lord

Is wisdom

The honor of the Lord

Is His own

Your heart is made of gold

The strength of the Lord

Is where I will boast

The praises of the Lord

Are due Him

Are due Him

.

Lift it up

Lift it up

His ways will keep you from evil!

Lift it up

Lift it up

His ways will give you strength!

Raise your voice

To your God

Your Creator!

Lift it high

Lift up

Lift up

Your heart to the hills!

Lift up

Lift up

Your eyes to the sky

~

Jeremiah 9

‘23This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, 24but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.’

2 Corinthians 10

“16so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you. For we do not want to boast about work already done in someone else’s territory. 17But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 18For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.”

Job 28:28

“And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; And to depart from evil is understanding.’”

Isaiah 66:14

“Then you will see this, and your heart will be glad, And your bones will flourish like the new grass; And the hand of the LORD will be made known to His servants, But He will be indignant toward His enemies.”

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Sermon on the Mount: Rock and Sand

This is the end of the Sermon on the Mount series.  It has been very long but very enjoyable to go through, and I hope you were encouraged and learned a lot through it as I was.  If you have any suggestions about what I should write about next, either a passage, book, or topic, please feel free to comment below.  In any case, thanks for going the journey with me and I hope you’ll continue to join me as I meditate on the treasures of God’s word!

24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” ~Matthew 7

I heard the words

I heard Your voice

I listened and I

Knelt down to pray

Today

Is a new day

Will I follow

All You have to say?

.

Built up

And the wind did blow

Built up

And the water did rise

.

I feel pride

It protects me on the outside

I feel like

I need to tear you down

In my anger

‘You deserve so much better’

The world tells me

Follow after

Clothes, food, enjoyment of life

And I feel so anxious all the time

But I

.

I heard the words

I heard Your voice

I listened and I

Knelt down to pray

Today

Is a new day

Will I follow

All You have to say?

.

Built up

And the wind did blow

Built up

And the water did rise

.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

Neither are your ways my ways,”

Declares the LORD

For the foolishness of God is

Wiser than man’s wisdom,

And the weakness of God is

Stronger than man’s strength

On what shall I build on?

Sand or the rock?

.

Need I protect myself with pride?

Should I clothe myself in humility?

Whom do I serve?

Man or God?

.

Built up on the sand

The wind did blow it over

Built up on the rock

The water did rise up

And did no damage

It’s the same storm

With two different results

It’s the same storm

.

I heard the words

I heard Your voice

I listened and I

Knelt down to pray

Today

Is a new day

Will I follow

All You have to say?

~

(Isaiah 55:8)

(1 Corinthians 1:25)

 

Proverbs 10:8

The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.

Proverbs 10:25

When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.

Proverbs 12:7

The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.

John 13:17

Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

Romans 2:13

For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.

James 1:22

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

Sermon on the Mount: Prayer in Secret

5“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” ~Matthew 6

Prayer,

Righteous one,

Pray for me

Pray that

The Son

Might be gracious

To me

And I’ll run

To His Place

And I’ll fall

On my face

Oh pray,

Righteous one

For me.

.

Prayer,

Righteous one,

I know your prayer

Is the only one

The LORD on high

Will listen to

For you’re too good

To be ignored

You are too good

For this world,

Oh righteous one

Pray for me.

As you stand there

In the wide open place

Pray for me.

.

Thank God that

I don’t have to be

Known as

The ‘righteous one’

To be heard by Him

Thank God that

I can stay

Right here

And He’ll know

What I say

I know I’m not

Good in any way

I never was til

He entered me

And I cry out now

And say “Forgive me!”

He’s forgiven me.

He has forgiven me.

.

So I’ll hide in my closet;

Righteous one on the street.

My reward is in Heaven;

Righteous one, yours you’ve already found.

I’ll praise the LORD;

Righteous one you’re so adored!

And I’ll be forgiven ever more;

Oh righteous one, what is it all for?

.

The LORD weighed them

On His scales

The tax collector

And the Pharisee,

The sinner

And the righteous one.

The LORD heard their prayers

He weighed them in His hands

He dropped the righteous one

For there was no righteousness to be had.

He lifted up

And washed clean in love

The sinner,

Tax collector,

For this one had made Him glad

There was righteousness to be had.

.

So pray in secret.

So pray to the LORD.

So pray for forgiveness.

Pray in humbleness.

Pray to the Righteous One,

Jesus Christ His Son

For there is no one righteous,

No not one,

Without the Son.

So pray.

“2All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit.” ~Proverbs 16

“9To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

13“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

14“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” ~Luke 18

“…12those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth; 13those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful…” ~Proverbs 30

“15To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.” ~Titus 1

My Spot

A spot
On my pure
White skin
And I shiver
It cannot be
But soon all
Feeling escapes
Me
~
I am a king
I’ve seen God’s
Faithfulness
And yearned to
Walk closely
By His side
I am a king
My devotion is
High
And I deserve
To praise Him
Directly
I have no
Need for the
Priest
Standing between
Us
But the priests
Are so prideful
Tell me I sin
But I am King!
I will win!
I hold the
Censer in one
Hand
And an angry
Fist in the
Other
Defending my
Own purity
I am
Righteous
~
And there’s
The spot
Darkening my
Forehead
I am contaminating
The temple
Of my LORD
And I know
I do wrong
I am hidden
Away
No longer worthy
To worship Him
No matter how
Much I weep
He does not heal
Me
And who am
I to argue
Justice?
He is my LORD
He is my King
All I can do
Now is
Obey
~
Leprosy
That unfeeling
Disease
Ravages and ruins
In the name of peace
No pain
No suffering
Yet still I bleed
Yet still I seem
To die
And be at war
There is no hope
Of healing
Me
~
~
I was thought
Noble and good
My only flaw
A terrible
Disease that
Can dangerously
Spread it’s unfeelingness
So though I am
Honored and loved
Please don’t
Come near me
~
But listen to
This new voice
It speaks of hope
Hope for me
So I set out
For the man of
God
Hoping for
The miracle
Cure
~
But I see
Him not
He will not
See me
He sends out
A messenger
Who does not
Wave his hands
Over my
Spot
He tells me to wash
One, two, three
Four, five, six
Seven times
In the dirty
Jordan
Why not wash
In a cleaner
Body of water?
But the voice
Speaks again
Is not this
God’s man
Has he not spoke
To you
Words of hope
In God’s hands?
~
Get down on
Hands and knees
Dive in deep to
The filth
One, two, three
Four, five, six
Seven
God healed
Me
What joy now!
I am free!
I will bend
To Him only
The knee!
~
~
You and I
We’re blinded
What is it
That consumes
Us
Removes us
Free the tree?
I am filled
With gluttony
To me I own
Greed
I desire pleasure
I drink it in
Deep
And when I
Wake from my
Slumber
I cannot feel
The LORD
Close by
I beg and I
Cry
But to my spot
I return
I no longer
Feel desire
For my LORD
~
I must
We must
Get down on
Our hands
And our knees
Dive in deep
To the water
See the filth?
That is you
That is me
Becoming one
With the river
In the name of
One
The Father
Two
The Son
Three
The Holy Spirit
We are free!
Do you feel?
The joy?
Do not return
To your spot
To Him only
Bend
Your
Knee
~
~
2 Chronicles 26 (The story of King Uzziah and how he became a leper)
2 Kings 5:1-19a (The story of Naaman the leper and how he became clean)

My Pride

Thought I’d given it all to You

Thought I was willing to rise or fall

Thought I’d be ready to praise You

Even if You said to me “Not right now”.

~

Well it came

The answer I dreaded

The fear I’ll remain the same

I still don’t know where I’m headed

I thought I got over it

Reasonably well

But I refused to speak to You after it

As if this made it worth going to Hell

~

Oh! Foolishness!

The result of my pride

Oh! Deadness!

The result when I hide

Tis true, LORD, I feel wounded

Your sword struck deep

But trials are where faith is founded

Growth from a ram to a pure white sheep

Yes, I am wounded, LORD

But I will not be ashamed

Mold me, shape me, make me

Into the image of Your Son

Into the image of Your Son

No matter what it takes

~

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.  For those God foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those He predestined He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.”

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death al day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’  No in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

(Romans 8:28-30, 35-39, NIV)