“Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised” – our God is worthy of our praise, we can never praise Him enough. He is great. There is nothing and no one greater than He. Do I greatly praise our great God? Does my praise align with how great He is? I fear my praise is often too wimpy and weak for our great God. O God help me praise you better!
PROVERBS 10 : 5-7
3 contrasting statements. Be prudent and bring honor, don’t be lazy and bring shame. Righteousness brings blessing, wickedness conceals violence. The memory of the righteous endures and is a blessing, the name of the wicked will rot.
“As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”” – this would have been a perfect opportunity for Jesus to extol Mary and institute the worship of her and put her on the pedestal that the Catholic Church puts her on, but He doesn’t. Instead, He tells them who is really blessed, the one who hears the Word of God and keeps it, the very thing that institution has been prohibiting for centuries. Praise God for the martyrs of the church who died so we can hear the word of God and learn how to keep it!
“The eye is the lamp of the body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness” – O be careful little eye what you see! What I allow to pass before my eyes is so important, I must be vigilant to keep my eyes healthy. It’s no wonder that there are so many visuals in our world, the world, the flesh, and the Devil want there to be darkness in my eyes so that there can be darkness in my body. Today as we walk around may we seek to keep our eyes healthy.
“Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit, one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.’ This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike.” – the same is true for us today, we are so easily turned away from the LORD our God and we deceive ourselves and act like we will be safe in our rebellion. Rebellion is never safe.
Chapter 30 details that no matter how far the people of God wonder, if they return to the LORD with all their heart and all their soul He will bless them and be restored. The same is true today, if we will but acknowledge our sin and turn from it in true repentance God is faithful and just to forgive us. We can never out sin the grace of God, no one is ever too far gone for God to save and restore.
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
Joshua commissioned to succeed Moses as the leader. The people are commanded to be strong and courageous and Joshua is commanded to be strong and courageous. God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous.
God knows that His people are going to rebel and go after other Gods and He tells that to Moses and Joshua. Yet, He still chose them and made provision for them to return to Him. The same is true for us today. God chose us knowing we were not perfect, knowing we are weak, knowing we are sinful and yet He sent His Son to rescue us. Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised!