Proverbs 23 - Day 455 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Proverbs 23:9
Commentary: This saying illustrates an aspect of Prov 26:4 about not speaking to a fool, but the motivation is different: Do not waste words on such a person who has no ear for what is said. See also Sir 22:9–10, 13. Fools may not be failing in real intelligence, but they just will not “listen” or take to heart any advice. Bühlmann (Vom rechten Reden, 220) points out that “speak into the ears of” denotes urgency; cf. Gen 44:18; 1 Sam 25:24.
Murphy, R. E. (1998). Proverbs (Vol. 22, p. 175). Thomas Nelson.
Application: There are more than enough people in the world who are seeking to better themselves. This verse instructs us to invest our time and energy in that group, rather than those who are not interested.
Prayer: Change my heart oh God...
Proverbs 22 - Day 454 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Proverbs 22:13
Observation: The teacher's insights confirm the observations that we've all experienced in ourselves and others.
Application: We do what we want to do, so naturally the things that we don't want to do we put off or make excuses. Whatever the task may be, even if it's simple, can be turned into a "lion waiting outside the door." Stop waiting for motivation to inspire you (I'm talking to myself), and get it done.
Prayer: Lord, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, You are with me...
Psalm 46 & 47 - Day 453 (link to today's reading)
Commentary: Psalm 47 contributes insight into one dimension of God's kingdom, from the NT perspective; although the hymn was not eschatological in its initial setting..., it assumes eschatological dimensions in its “re-reading.” The psalm describes a limited reality, which was present for only a short period in Israel’s history, namely the joining together in praise of Israel with other nations in the presence of God the King. In the preaching and salvific acts of Jesus, that ancient but limited reality comes a step closer to fulfillment on a world-wide scale, though it remains still within the area of eschatological hope. But the climax of the ancient hymn (v 10) remains, to be someday a climax of a different sort, when Israel and all the world’s peoples recognize the God to whom they belong.
Craigie, P. C. (1983). Psalms 1–50 (Vol. 19, p. 350). Word, Incorporated.
Application: God is worthy to be praised and sometimes it's just easier to do that through a song. Alleluia.
Prayer: Lord -
I will give You all my worship
I will give You all my praise
You alone I long to worship
You alone are worthy of my praise...
Psalm 44 & 45 - Day 452 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Psalm 44:1-26
Observation: The psalmist recognizes God's dominion but questions His absence and unjust practices.
Application: God wants us to be honest with Him and share whatever is on our hearts. He's not afraid of our misconceptions or limited perspective so He invites us to scream, and whine, and pout.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to see the world as You see it...
Psalm 42 & 43 - Day 451 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Psalm 42:1-2
Commentary (explainingthebook.com): Psalm 42 is a lament psalm written by men who formerly were able to freely worship God with the Lord’s people. But something has changed. And now they find themselves removed from the religious life that they formerly enjoyed. And they miss it greatly.
Application: Take a moment to reflect upon the beautiful yearning that's conveyed by the psalmist.
Prayer: Lord, I want to be as desperate for You, as the deer panteth for the water...
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