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Psalm 73: When the pitchfork drops…

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This Psalm used to be my go-to when I wanted to pick up a pitchfork and a mob and go get angry at some situation or person. I understand Asaph; I get his perspective and I share his ilk. And just as Asaph, I see God’s perspective when I go to His sanctuary.

I feel silly for my anger and the pitchfork drops from my hand. “Nevertheless…”

“I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You. Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.” –verses 22-24

God knows that I will feel foolish for my ranting…and He loves me anyway. He knows my clenched fist anger will release to a downturned face, and He still brings me to His glory.

How has God shown you that you can be you–in all your own pitchfork-edness–and He still welcomes you to Him?

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Day 3: What Do I Do? Proverbs 3

Click here for today’s reading: Proverbs 3

The Christian life seems to raise a whole bunch of questions in the hearts and minds–of Christians.  What are we to do?  What does God want?  What is God’s will? What will the future hold?

Each question more nebulous.  Each creating another head scratch, another deep breath, another set of casting anxieties on Him.

And yet, these questions have answers.  Proverbs 3 provides some incredible verbs to shed light on the path He desires we walk:

  • do not forget My law
  • let your heart keep My commands
  • let not mercy and truth forsake you
  • bind mercy and truth around your neck and in your heart
  • trust in the Lord with all your heart
  • do not lean on your own understanding
  • do not be wise in your own eyes
  • fear the Lord
  • depart from evil
  • honor the Lord with your possessions
  • do not despise the chastening of the Lord
  • do not detest the Lord’s correction
  • find wisdom
  • gain understanding
  • keep sound wisdom and discretion
  • do not be afraid of sudden terror
  • do not be afraid of trouble from the wicked
  • when it is in your power, do not withhold good from those to whom it is due
  • do not devise evil against your neighbor
  • do not strive with a man without cause, if he has done you no harm
  • do not envy the oppressor
  • choose none of the oppressor’s ways

Whatever you are facing, there is likely a verb associated with it.  Troubled with work?  Keep sound wisdom and discretion.  Family troubles?  Trust in the Lord with all your heart.  Stressed about the future?  Fear the Lord, do not envy the oppressor, find wisdom, and gain understanding.

I cherish the scriptures with verbs.  I long to know what to do next.  And though this passage may not say whether I turn to the left or turn to the right, it does put my focus where it should be: turn to the Lord.

Which verb will you grab hold of today?

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