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The Proverbs offer us wisdom, and they have been available for a long time.  So why are we so flooded with media images of fornication without consequences?  Why do those who claim to be wise get caught in such horribly foolish traps?  God acts as your father by giving you wise counsel.  Hear him.

My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:  That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.  For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:  But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.  Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.  Proverbs 5:1-5

When our Father in heaven gives advice, we should listen.  A young man is warned about the invitation of a strange woman.  Sweet attractive words are inviting indeed, but an unfamiliar woman may hide the poison of death.  This one would share the fruit of Eden, the knowledge of evil and the blood of death.

Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.  Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.  Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:  Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:  Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;  Proverbs 5:6-10

To prevent you from considering wisdom this woman is elusive, changing position to keep her motives hidden.  She is a shifty witch.  So clean your ears and hear the warning of your protective father.  Chart a course far from the shoals of this siren and avoid her home and harbor.  Otherwise you will give up the respect of others and then endure years of grief.  What wealth was yours will become the property deeded to a stranger.

And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,  And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;  And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!  I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.  Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Proverbs 5:11-15

The man who is ensnared by the adulteress may be consumed by disease and divorce while wondering what he did wrong.  Aren’t we all taught this way by the harlot writers of Hollywood too?  Surely what “everyone” I doing won’t cause all this misery?  And yet the one who is so deceived is exposed before the entire congregation and the community.  The well of your neighbor is tainted with the poison of sin and death.

Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets.  Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee.  Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.  Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.  And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange woman, and embrace the bosom of a stranger?  Proverbs 5:16-20

Your rivers of conception would better flow onto the ground than to be mixed with the flood of sin in the world.  Preserve only the image of your own wife, and find your passion in the familiarity of your own partner.  Do not let your eyes lead you to an unfamiliar trap.

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.  His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins.  He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.  Proverbs 5:21-23

If we believe in God we must know that he knows all about us.  Does God watch without caring what we do?  Will there never be a price to pay?  We know that the fire burns even if God was not watching us, and he knows when we will feel the burn.  This is the fire that burns the house down, and the foolish man with it.

Do we see men taking risks today?  Fiction and news both portray the glamour of sin, but reality still leads to the pain of it.  How many elected officials have gone down this way?  And how many Christians voted believing that the candidate was one of us?


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The words of Solomon suggest that there was evil in his world, waiting for the unwary.  But we may be seeing the most evil days of all if we are in the days seen by Daniel and John’s Revelation.  We need a compass to pass through the dangerous waters of temptation today.  Even the faithful may want to give a carnal response to the provocations of this world.  Wisdom is the voice of a mother who would guide us away from the dark alleys of the heart.

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.  For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.  For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.  He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.  Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.  Proverbs 4:1-5

Now God the father is available in our prayers and here he avails us to direct teaching.  The bible is the word, and Jesus too is called the word.  So here we see Jesus relaying his father’s message.  “I was my father’s son” he says, and his father admonishes us to keep his commandments.  I remember what came when I forgot my father’s words!  He also speaks of his mother here, and how she loved him.  She is wisdom.

Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.  Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.  Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.  She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.  Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.  Proverbs 4:6-10

Jesus taught wisdom to all of us, in his day, and in our time too.  The promise to Jesus was a crown and a long life.  But the crown of God is not like the world, and days are limited in this life.  Some think that Jesus is dead, but eternity is the endless time that he is inviting us to enter.  This is the real wisdom, to live for the greater life on the other side.  Do this life as the entrance exam, because your Father measures your heart.

I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.  When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.  Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.  Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.  Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.  Proverbs 4:11-15

God teaches truth and you cannot fail on his path.  In these wisdoms failure can be repaired in repentance and even death is not a failure.  Wisdom is the mother who calls you away from the temptation of those who have no conscience left.  The door of larceny, deception, cheating, and murder is a dark door to be avoided.  The creatures that live in there devour themselves.

For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.  For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.  But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.  The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.  My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Proverbs 4:16-20

These are people who have joy in giving pain, and they are driven to dig pits that kill the innocent.  Their celebration of blood is as likely to consume their friends as their enemies.  Righteousness lights that darkness where even the violent men forget where they left traps.  Lies are circular, they return against those who launch them.  The word of God is life for everyone who is drawn to it.

Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.  For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.  Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.  Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil. Proverbs 4:21-27

The sayings of wisdom should dominate our mind and heart.  When we are in crisis remembering wisdom can calm our plans and guide us to peace.  The human heart is flawed and needs wisdom to remove it from sin.  Our words may testify against us before the judge if we do not harness them well.  We must ignore the delights we see and keep our feet moving straight ahead away from the temptation of evil.


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Solomon has been given wisdom and finds it to be a fountain of wealth.  God gave him prosperity along with wisdom because he saw humility in this young king.  What is this wisdom that the young king is getting to know?

Proverbs 3

My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:  For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.  Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:  So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.  Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  Proverbs 3:1-5

The wisdom of Solomon fits his place in God’s plan.  We are admonished to remember the Law but to let our heart keep his commandments.  Now we know that the Law kills by revealing the sin in our hearts.  Yet even then they could remember the law and desire them in their heart.  The will to do right itself can extend our days and health.  In time Jesus would open the way to salvation by faith, not by works.  He would save whosoever will, those who have the will to do right by accepting Yeshua, their messiah.  Mercy and truth were to be close to our heart, in our desire, not tied to our bodies in little boxes.  This is the path to life, not in the outward signs and rituals of religion.  Every cult is a deviation into our own carnal efforts to be religious.  God wants us to know that we are failures as we remember the Law that condemns us.  God welcomes the willing, the merciful, the humble, not the self righteous.  God wants us to turn to him for forgiveness, to trust him more than our imagined duties and dogmatic rituals.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.  Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:  So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.  Proverbs 3:6-10

When David repeated a message to praise God it was to make the world around us aware of our hope.  Everything we do should reflect the hope we have in God.  Our work ethic, our recreation, our words all belong to our fear of God.  The natural or carnal wisdom suggests the value of cheating.  A young singer chooses to become a musical harlot to tap the wealth of an immoral world of young rebellion.  A rich man runs for president claiming to be a Christian while speaking like a hateful fool.  His Presbyterian church embraces homosexuality while the candidate hides his “faith” as being “personal”.  King David advised such leaders to praise the Lord, not to hide the Lord.  This is faith; to honor the Lord with your tithe and your life.  The fruit of faith is prosperity.

My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:  For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.  Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.  For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.  She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.  Proverbs 3:11-15

Don’t feel bad if you discern that God himself is punishing you.  First you should know that your hearing is not dull if you recognize God’s voice.  His sheep know their master’s voice; and they know if it is meaning reward or reproof.  Then know that your father in heaven is as loving as any good father; he means to teach you to be right.  As we grow the punishment diminishes from spankings to just the words of correction that we will be wise enough to respond to.  When you find this wisdom you can recognize that love will guide you to prosperity.  The temptation to backslide into the carnal world has no wealth that can compare to the value of a clear conscience.  That will carry you to treasures in heaven beyond imagination.  Remember; this life is only an entrance exam for the true life, the great life, the eternal life.  God has a plan for you there if you follow his plan here.

Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.  Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.  She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.  The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.  By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.  Proverbs 3:16-20

There is promise for a long life, honor, and wealth in this world, with the help of wisdom.  It may seem slow in coming but this path will be the most rewarding.  We are in the world, but not of it.  If there is a father in heaven, there is a mother on earth in wisdom.  There was a tree of life in Eden, and it is the same now in the wisdom she offers you here.  Take of the fruit of wisdom instead of that of the tree of carnal knowledge.  This wisdom is the foundation of the universe.  We can understand science and nature fully only when we understand the wisdom that begins with the fear of God.  God and wisdom are your father and mother in everything.

My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:  So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.  Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.  When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.  Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.  Proverbs 3:21-25

God admonished Solomon to keep the Law and the Commandments close to his heart.  These are the Word of God, and now we know that the Word is the Son of God in the flesh, a life given to demonstrate wisdom to us.  No mortal could do that until Yeshua Ha Meschia who gave grace to the Old Testament after his crucifixion.  If Solomon would keep the desire for wisdom in his heart he would be drawn to repent as his father had.  When I was living in sin I learned that the Psalms of David could show me peace and let me sleep without being drunk.  So the patriarchs too had sin but knew peace if they kept the commandments in their heart.  David was an adulterer and a murderer and was still a man after God’s own heart.  They found shelter from fear in the promises of God in this life.  He is our hope.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  John 1:1-5

John knew the name of the Lord, he had walked with him and talked with him, even as the song “In the Garden”.  John knew that Yeshua and Yahweh, Jesus and God, were one and the same.  If Jesus was the designer and builder of the universe, then his life, the Bible, is also that creator.  The word and the commandments are born of wisdom, and she began as the fear of God the father.  Family values go full circle in the meaning of life.

For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.  Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.  Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.  Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.  Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.  Proverbs 3:26-30

We have one great anchor in our God.  We can operate with confidence in the wisdom that points to mercy and charity.  If you are able to give to others we should do it without waiting for the government to demand a tax for it.  If the church is working we should never hear about a need for welfare.  We shouldn’t seek revenge against our sinner neighbors because we are all sinners.  Otherwise our churches would be empty.  We should never harm a neighbor because he has a different religion or ethnicity because they are doing no harm to us.  Those harm themselves because they are deprived of the wisdom we claim to possess.  If we share the love of Jesus they may want to find this wisdom for themselves.  There are Christians winning many Muslims to Jesus in ISIS territories today by this wisdom.  The Lord is our confidence to do good.

Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.  For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous.  The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.  Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.  The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools. Proverbs 3:31-35

The popular masses love the cheaters and loud bigots who get quick wealth and power.  We shall not envy those who pervert wisdom for personal gain and fame.


Turning back to one’s own ways; difficult to deal with: stubbornly disobedient or contrary; going in one’s own willful ways.

Habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition

Distortion, crookedness, to go wrong; go crooked, backsliding, twisted, distorted, crooked, perverse, perverted, perversity, or perverse thing.

Not easily controlled; stubbornly willful; contrary

These are an abomination to God, an offense, while he secretly supports the honest and obedient.  There is a master controlling this life, a secret force of judgment in the universe.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, because his promise is eternal.  Do not fear the death of the saints, because they have been promoted into the eternal life, the greater life, the great reward.  Solomon had the promises of God without the revelation of the eternal life or the immediate grace of Yeshua.  But his generation would live by wisdom by faith even as we do in this life today.  We will see rewards for faith even as Yeshua revealed grace to his generation.  We have witnessed thousands of years of testimony that remains unshaken today.  God gives grace to the faithful, but reserves shame for the fools of the world.


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God gave Solomon wisdom, and Solomon shared it with his people, including us today.  We need to remember that the Law was given to prove that we are not able to obey in total, and it condemns us to death.  Wisdom is given here with the knowledge that man would hear wisdom, and still have the free will to disobey.  Solomon had already taken wives with strange religions and his choices are actually leading Israel away from the wisdom he points us to.

My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;  So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;  Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;  If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;  Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.  Proverbs 2:1-5

We need to study the words of this book and keep them fresh in our memory to know wisdom.  We need to cry out for wisdom, actually praying for this gift.  This request will be honored as the power and fear of God is unveiled to motivate your wisdom.

For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.  He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.  He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.  Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.  When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;  Proverbs 2:6-10

God gives wisdom, and he speaks to us from our prayers and in the word that we have before us here.  He is the armor and safe passage of the willing student.  You will recognize the safe path when this wisdom enters you through the teaching of the Holy Spirit.

Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:  To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;   Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;  Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;  Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:  Proverbs 2:11-15

There is safety in wisdom that protects us from the traps that await the rebellious and violent people.  Those have chosen the way of death for a season of lust who have no faith in the life to come.  These people around us celebrate their sins and have fellowship with the darkness of death.

To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;  Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.  For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.  None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.  That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.  Proverbs 2:16-20

That discretion of wisdom can save you from the beautiful temptress who uses your vanity to lead you to destruction.  These are the women (and men) who rebel against the wisdom of their parents and their God.  How many diseases, divorces, and deaths are multiplied in our modern world in the pattern of these ancient warnings!  The way of rebellious temptation is a downward spiral and today the world is circling the drain.  This wisdom will take you by the well marked path of life.

For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.  But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it..  Proverbs 2:21-22

These men who stay on the path of wisdom are promised a home in their land which they may possess and stay in.  But the warning remains for the removal of evil men from their homelands.  It had already been done to the Canaanites before Israel, and this would also happen to the evil of Israel as we will see.


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We have completed the Psalms and the message of King David.  He reminded us to praise the Lord, and he is remembered as a man after God’s own heart.  His son Solomon witnessed the rebellion of his brother Absalom and all the trials of David’s kingdom.  He was instructed by the Psalms and all the teachings of this godly father.  Yet when he became the king he had allowed some compromises that were not pleasing to God.  We may have hope for our children if they can remember our wisdom when it is needed.  David was a king who demonstrated humility to his son.  Solomon must have remembered this lesson from the Psalms:

 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.  Psalm 111:10

The fear of God is a starting point for wisdom, but it may take a season to reach us.  So we find Solomon in a few youthful indiscretions as he assumes leadership of a nation that is also inclined to backslide.

And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.  Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the Lord, until those days.  And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.  And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.  In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.   1 Kings 3:1-5

So Solomon had taken a gentile wife, and sacrificed in the high places forbidden in the Law of Moses.  Even after the temple was built he offered sacrifices in a well known high place.

Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree:  And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.  Deuteronomy 12King :2-3

God is merciful, and agreed to give Solomon his wish, to answer his prayer in spite of the errors going on.  It takes us time to learn, and Solomon was a young king.  So Solomon made his request.

And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.  And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.  And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.  Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?   And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.  1 Kings 3:6-10

Solomon was king, and he was already a married man, but he was humble enough to acknowledge his youth and inexperience.  He knew that he needed help to manage a nation that had brought some grief to his father.  He knew that he had to ask for help for the mission ahead of him.  The Lord rewarded his servant for this request.

And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;  Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.  And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.  And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.  And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.  1 Kings 3:11-15

Solomon was given wisdom, wealth, and honor.  His first act with this wisdom was to go to the proper house of worship in the temple in Jerusalem and make offerings there.  He immediately demonstrated wisdom in his leadership for which he became famous.  Yet the working of wisdom is not an instant miracle, and his life would only see that gift fulfilled after some hard lessons.  He will only reveal the sum of that wisdom after the sum of his regrets.

Proverbs 1

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;  To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;  To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;  To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.  A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:  To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.  Proverbs 1:1-6

These proverbs are presented to give perception and discretion.  Oh I wish our leadership candidates today could understand discretion, diplomacy, and humility.  God is taking us into situations that have been prophesied for many millennia and those warnings are cloaked in dark sayings.  Understanding, wisdom, and equity do NOT proceed from the mouth of the loud, vain, corrupt, wealthy, powerful, FOOLS we would choose to be our kings.  Hear these proverbs!

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:  For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.  Proverbs 1:7-9

So the Psalm of David was remembered and repeated by Solomon, and his instruction and examples live on in the confirmation of these proverbs.

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.  If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:  Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:  We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:  Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:  My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:  For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.  Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.  And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.  So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.  Proverbs 1:10-19

So Solomon has turned away from the high places, and calls us to ignore the popular temptations.  It should be obvious that we are not to join with thieves and killers, but almost the entire population of Germany followed a lie for their own prosperity in the last century.  Is America any better for the previous century when our desire for land and farms displaced the Native Americans?  Are we any better when we allow big corporations to corrupt our political system to gain our way in elections?  Do we send our young people to war for the greed for oil and profits?  Your snares are known to everyone; your secrets are revealed.  Those who are discovered conspiring to violence for greed will be caught in their own traps and hanged on their own gallows.  (Thus saith the Lord)

Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:  She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,  How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Proverbs 1:20-23

The message of hope has been declared in all the world; in every language by missionaries  in the air, on the radio, and on the internet.  Good men have lived the example of faith for many millennia so wisdom has been displayed to everyone.  Even the Old Testament people received the Gospel when Jesus went to them after his crucifixion.  God accepted Solomon while he was sinning, and rewarded his humility with wisdom and wealth too.  How long will we try to steal what God is willing to give?

Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;  But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:  I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;  When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.  Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:  For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:  They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Proverbs 1:24-30

We have been offered the only name by which we can be save; Praise the name of the Lord, who is Yeshua, Jesus.  This God of mercy has made a limited time offer.  Because the world follows popular belief they have chosen to mock the truth of the Ancient of Days, and they deny the life offered to them.  God will destroy the people who rebelled against him even as Absalom rebelled against his father David.  He evokes the image of a tornado, which we have often seen in America, as his destruction of evil men.  They who do not fear God will not be heard when they finally will cry out to him.

Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.  For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.  But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. Proverbs 1:30-33

If the world chooses to devour others with evil, they will be devoured by their own evil.  Deviating from the truth of salvation in Jesus will kill the fools of this world.  The wealth gained by oppressing others will be the evidence of possessing stolen goods before the throne of judgment.  This does not apply to those who come humbly to find wisdom to help other people and will serve our God.  You who have entered the Kingdom of God by faith will fear no evil.


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King David was a mortal man, who lived, aged, and died.  A lifetime of experience is reflected in these psalms or songs.  Here he delivers the one single message that all of mankind needs for success.  That message points to the only answer we have; to look to someone else for our hope.  Our mission is to deliver that hope to others.

Psalm 146

Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul.  While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.  Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.  His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.  Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:  Psalm 146:1-5

Do this in private, but do it in public too.  Tim Tebow is on target even while he is being a target.  Yes the world complains about preaching, but the lost sheep of Israel are in the same crowd.  So speak up!  Don’t place your hopes on wealthy or influential people, nut in the God we praise.  We will find our joy only in trusting god.

I have other blogs that address aerospace themes, and another that crosses between heaven, space, and earth.  I let the Lord have credit from time to time when I am challenging the established giants of aerospace.  I really need a miracle!  Joseph and Daniel were not of the priesthood, but their secular employment glorified God.

Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:  Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners:  The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:  The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.  The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.  Psalm 146:6-10

This is God who created the earth unlike any planet ever seen to date.  God protects, feeds, and heals those who embrace him.  This is God Who loves those who are faithful yet delivers evil men to judgment.  This God is forever and he is to be praised; to the world.

Psalm 147 

Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.  The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.  He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.  He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.  Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.  Psalm 147:1-5

Yes, we sing praises to God in worship too.  Even in the sanctuary praise is good, even if we are all gathered believers.  God reinforces Jerusalem, his church through praise.  When we demonstrate praise to the congregation they learn that this is our key purpose, and they are healed and made whole.  God is the creator who knows all of his creation, every star and asteroid by name.

The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.  Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:  Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.  He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.  He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.  Psalm 147:6-10

This God lifts those who are willing to be humble, rejects the cheaters and the violent.  Sing praises in the congregation and join the musical instruments in harmony.  God provides rain for plants, which feed the animals and the baby birds in the nest.  God is not impressed by the strength of man or beast, which he created and harvests as all flesh.  To a world of industry he still provides as he did for agriculture.  There is some credit for the workers, and destruction for the greedy captains of industry.  He warned the Jews not to abuse their own, and needs no union to render judgment in his season.  He is not impressed by our skill in marketing or manufacturing and does not forget the crimes of our greed.

The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.  Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.  For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.  He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.  He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.  Psalm 147:11-15

God has built walls around the people who call on his name.  Publicize the goodness of this God who secures the locks on your fortress.  God has given you a home of peace and prosperity for your health.  God has published his word to the word, and it quickly influences the people of the world around you.  Your light motivates the lost to desire your hope, so tell them his name.

He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.  He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?  He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.  He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.  He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the Lord..  Psalm 147:16-20

When the fall comes he sends the frost, then the blizzards on the earth.  When the winters of life are harsh, who can stand in the icy blast?  But as the seasons move, the warm spring melts the snow, and fills the rivers with the water that brings us life.  He teaches the righteous leaders his word, the living water, for our prosperity.  No nation outside the Kingdom of God sees this prosperity, and you are released from God’s anger by grace.  Remember to Praise our God.

Psalm 148 

Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.  Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.  Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.  Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.  Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.  Psalm 148:1-5

We are all called to Praise God, those with him in heaven, those on the high achievements of this life, even the angelic host above us all.  Our celestial Sun, moon,   planets, and stars are placed to reveal his glory.  There are galaxies beyond the galaxies that we can see or detect, and nebulas of living water giving glory to this creator, Yeshua Ha Meschia, Jesus, our Lord.  Let us all praise the God who spoke us into being.

He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.  Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:  Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word:  Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:  Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:  Psalm 148:6-10

God created the universe to be eternal, not to collapse on itself or to end.  Every terrible living creature, powerful storm, shaking mountain, volcano, and all life fulfill his word and publish his praise.

Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:  Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:  Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.  He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord.  Psalm 148:11-14

David was a king who pulled the people together and established a great nation.  It grew stronger under his son Saul, but never help the moral high ground as it did under David’s godly modesty.  God is our refuge and every ruler of this age should give him glory.  The name of the Lord is the key they needed, and Jesus, Yeshua provided that key.  Those who praise any other deity, government, or philosophy are denied the power of his grace.

Psalm 149

Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.  Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.  Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.  For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.  Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Psalm 149:1-5

Let Israel and the children of Zion have joy in their King.  We remember that David revealed a King in his prophesy earlier, a messiah who is revealed as Yeshua, who we pronounce as Jesus now.  This is not a king, but the word is capitalized as King, the only King of Israel.  And we remember that Yeshua allowed both Jew and Gentile to be grafted into the tree of Israel.  The sons of Ishmael are also being rejoined with their brother Isaac in the house of Abraham…there is revival in the crisis of ISIS!  If you are among the celebration in Zion then join the celebration!  God is pleased with his people and reflects his beauty over you now…rejoice!

Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;  To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;  To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;  To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.  Psalm 149:6-9

Your praise of God is your weapon against the gathering darkness.  Christians are being martyred all over the world but their praise is raising up a greater army even as during the Roman persecution.  Praise of Jesus is your power to overcome, even as Christians won over Rome and the world.  The Kingdom of God is without boundaries so be within the kingdom when judgment begins.

And I saw the beast, and  (ALL!) the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.  Revelation 19:19

The kings of the earth will make war on God.  All the kings of the earth will choose the wrong side.  But your Kingdom is without boundaries and is always found with the army of the Lord.  Your boundaries are established in your praise of the only name by which you can be saved:  Yeshua Ha Meschia, Jesus.

Psalm 150

Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.  Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.  Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.  Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.  Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.  Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord..  Psalm 150: 1-6

Do not be deceived, no political party is Christian, and no nation is Christian.  True faith is a minority and cannot win the vote or the carnal warfare.

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  Matthew 7:14

Arms will not save you from corrupt government.  All the nations of the earth will war against God.  The KINGDOM OF GOD will be HIS army, and the boundaries are found within his praise.  Christians are in the Kingdom of God wherever they are now, and we will be with him when his time comes.  Here is where you should be when his time comes:


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David has been persecuted by enemies, and he is about to go on the offensive.  The works of darkness have offended him and he is going to war now.  Face it, man is damaging the world with sin, and threatening our own extinction.  God gave us a time and a season to get it right.  If God made us stewards, why are we so insanely self destructive?

Psalm 144 (A Psalm of David.)

Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:  My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.  LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!  Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.  Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.  Psalm 144:1-5

Bless God for teaching me how to engage in warfare.  Is this the God of love?  David and Israel have been the targets of invading armies and violence for many millennia.  Modern Israel has survived wars in the face of overwhelming enemy numbers and Russian technology.  They have done so without the full support of their allies in many cases, and it may be so today as well.  Many feel that American leadership is abandoning Israel.  But their God is a shield and remains trustworthy today.  Why should God favor Israel when they are still mortal flesh, born in sin like everyone else?  David knew that we are mortal, and undeserving, as Israel is today.  But he was confident to ask God to shake the earth and the powers in it.  But does David expect to see the victory by the military might of Israel?  Israel would soon be defeated by Babylon because of their sins.  What did he expect?  The scriptures he read pointed to a variable range of experience ahead.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.  Ecclesiastes 3:3-8

Life offers seasons of joy, sorrow, prosperity, sickness, war, and death.  How could David expect to war against all the threats of life?  Notice what David is expecting of God now.  The next verses point to the real source of his hope for victory.

Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.  Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;  Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.  I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.  It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.  Psalm 144:6-10

David asks God to do his warfare, to deliver the miraculous deliverance from the works of evil men.  David has learned to engage in spiritual warfare, keeping his life honest and letting God be the judge of men who do evil.  He gives credit to God for saving him, not to his own strategic skills or the power of his army.

Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:  That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:  That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:  That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.  Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.  Psalm 144:11-15

How can children threaten David, the king of Israel?  I once lived in an affluent suburb where some of the church youth were experimenting with heroin.  Such was the nature of Sodom, the city of choice for Lot.  God did rid Abraham of the sinners who threatened his nephew.  He led me out of that kind of a city too, and life is much better in the less affluent areas of rural America.  David asked God to cleanse the land, and he still brings prosperity to those who honor his word.  Spiritual warfare is holy living and prayer, and overcomes much more than the weapons of carnal warfare.

Psalm 145

I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.  Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.  Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.  One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.  I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.  Psalm 145:1-5

David finds so many ways to repeat this message; instructing us to praise God.  This message is to go outside the church and our secret prayer chamber though.  This is a message meant for a few lost sheep, who already desire God.  He knows who they are, and sends us to share his word with those few.  The enemies of God will abuse and bully us, but those few lost sheep will be listening and watching from the same crowd.  His sheep know their master’s voice, so the scriptures are your trumpet to call them in.  Jesus is the word, and the word is his voice.  You are empowered to deliver the word and his sheep.

And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.  They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.  The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.  The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.  All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.  Psalm 145:6-10

When God moves the world sees the power of his works, and they know that you praise God for those acts of deliverance.  Egypt was aware of the loss of their Army in the day of Moses.  They have never been able to get vengeance on Israel to this day.  There are Christians in Egypt today who are actually grafted in to the family of Abraham by faith.  They too are persecuted today but they will be one with their Lord and Israel.  God was firm with ancient Egypt, but merciful to those who have learned to fear God.

They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;  To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.  Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.  The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.  The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season..  Psalm 145:11-15

Men are accepting Jesus in the midst of Islamic persecution and they speak of the kingdom of God fearlessly.  The zeal of Moslems who come to Christ declares the glory of Yeshua Yahweh and their faith in his promise of eternity.  Christians have been persecuted before, and still God is the dominion, forever and his church only grows.  God will lift the fallen, and the dead, and exalt those who bow to him.  We all wait on God and he feeds us the bread of life in his season.

Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.  The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.  The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.  He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.  The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.  My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever..  Psalm 145:16-21

God has made a food chain that services everything that lives.  While some things in nature seem harsh, it was less so before the sin of man changed it.  The debate about man’s role in the environment still rages, but the extinction of many species testifies to it.

As God made us stewards we will also be judged for that performance.  God first slew animals to cover the sin of Adam and Eve, so he has a righteous plan even in this destruction.

Life is difficult since being changed by sin, and we should learn from this as being part of God’s righteous correction.  God will save those who love him per this declaration of David.  God offered himself as a sacrifice in place of animals to all who would recognize Jesus, Yeshua, as being the human form of himself.  His gift alone was clean enough to be a righteous offering for sin.  Like David we should accept and honor the name of our God; Yeshua, Jesus.

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