As many of the wisdom books don't require extensive footnotes...and because a little wisdom and praise never go amiss all our other studying...the wisdom books will be gradually introduced throughout the rest of our study. We'll be starting with Psalms.
Psalm 3: Threatened but Trusting
1 A psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.
2 How many are my foes, LORD! How many rise against me!
3 How many say of me, “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah
4 But you, LORD, are a shield around me; my glory, you keep my head high.
5 With my own voice I will call out to the LORD, and he will answer me from his holy mountain. Selah
6 I lie down and I fall asleep, [and] I will wake up, for the LORD sustains me.
7 I do not fear, then, thousands of people arrayed against me on every side.
8 Arise, LORD! Save me, my God! For you strike the cheekbone of all my foes; you break the teeth of the wicked.
9 Salvation is from the LORD! May your blessing be upon your people!
Psalm 4: Trust in God
1 For the leader; with stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
2 Answer me when I call, my saving God. When troubles hem me in, set me free; take pity on me, hear my prayer.
3 How long, O people, will you be hard of heart? Why do you love what is worthless, chase after lies? Selah
4 Know that the LORD works wonders for his faithful one; the LORD hears when I call out to him.
5 Tremble and sin no more; weep bitterly within your hearts, wail upon your beds,
6 Offer fitting sacrifices and trust in the LORD.
7 Many say, “May we see better times! LORD, show us the light of your face!” Selah
8 But you have given my heart more joy than they have when grain and wine abound.
9 In peace I will lie down and fall asleep, for you alone, LORD, make me secure.
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
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~~~Prayer before Writing-
Oh creator of the universe, who has set the stars in the heavens and causes the sun to rise and set, shed the light of your wisdom into the darkness of my mind. Fill my thoughts with a loving knowledge of you, that I may bring you like to others. Just as you can make even babies speak your truth, instruct my tongue and guide my pen to convey the wonderful glory of the Gospel. Make my intellect sharp, my memory clear, and my words eloquent, so that I may faithfully interpret the mysteries what you have revealed.
To my readers & fellow writers,
1. I will pray that God's grace helps illuminate all of our interactions- both those of simple reading and more active conversations.
2. I will communicate with you respectfully and civilly. These are (rightly) issues which we feel passionate about. But even in disagreements, I will respect you fellow "seekers of truth."
3. I will not fall into negative behavior or words, such as insinuations, exaggerations, blames, or personal attacks. I respectfully ask you to do the same.
4. I will pray we will all find the truth and strive to fulfill the two greatest commandments: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31)
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