For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Oftentimes our heavenly Father protects us by blocking physical and personal attacks that the enemy of our souls constantly hurls at us. Other times, he grants us wisdom, knowledge and understanding so we can realize the dangers that beset us in our journey through this world. That wisdom, that knowledge and understanding are not things that can be achieved through academic studies. Rather, they are gifts that are received as part of the training that God provides to those who are sincerely committed to carrying out the plans God has for them. This requires walking in constant communication with God and we can only do this by approaching him through the daily and constant reading of his Word and through the conversation we establish with him every time we pray. To say we love God and not to be attentive to and willing to obey his instructions is deceiving ourselves and there is no better definition of a fool than he who is self-deceived.
Let us maintain ourselves forever in the path of justice, integrity, good conduct and faithfulness to God. When our Father sees that we are sincerely committed to the coming and the establishment of his kingdom, he will enable us so we can become useful tools in their hands. Remember at all times that the focus should be on him and not on us. So let us not put so much emphasis on the problems we face and let’s turn our eyes to the One who has the solution in his hands. Let us direct, therefore, the batteries toward the fulfillment of God’s perfect will in our lives. With the help of our Lord Jesus Christ and his Spirit success will come easily. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Proverbs
Tagged blameless, faithful, guard, justice, knowledge, protection, shield, success, understanding, upright, wisdom
LORD, save us!
LORD, grant us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.
From the house of the LORD we bless you.
The LORD is God,
and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
up to the horns of the altar.
Some Bible versions use the name Jehovah for God. This name comes from the combination of the Tetragrammaton “YHWH” with the vowels of the Hebrew word Adonai, meaning Lord. This is because practicing Jews believe God’s name is so sacred that it should not pronounced with our unclean lips. Hence, each time they read the Bible and they encounter the Tetragrammaton they read Adonai (ie, Lord) instead. The name Jehovah is just one of several ways of pronouncing the Tetragrammaton YHWH. Some people think that the pronunciation that is closest to reality is the name Yahweh. But nobody can be certain about any of the different ways the word is pronounced because nobody knows how this word really sounded. To somehow resolve this ambiguity, some translators have recently opted to use the word LORD (all capital letters) to translate the name YHWH.
We must not make a controversy out of this as it has happened in some circles of believers who have raised the banner of defending some specific versions of the Bible as the only valid versions of the Word of God. The important thing is that every time you mention the name of the Lord you do it with the utmost reverence, acknowledging the fact that God is the Lord of the universe and of our lives. Part of the problem of trying to maintain a solid and constant relationship with God is that we make of prayer a routine and when we communicate with God our words end up becoming mere repetitions and catch phrases that we use to fill voids in our conversation . Let it be our spirit through our heart and not our mind who leads our words when we are talking to God. That way we will be more sincere and genuine in our relationship with God. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Psalms
Tagged altar, blessed, Christianity, God, house of God, light, LORD, love, name of God, Psalms, salvation, shine, success, wisdom