The LORD is My Strength and My Shield—Of David
To you, O LORD, I call: my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.
Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.
Reading Proverbs everyday like we have this last month gives us principles on which to live wisely. Proverbs remind me of the way less direct people talk. They give examples or tell stories or talk around what they are really trying to get across. Not that that is bad communication; it is just less direct and to the point. Like some less patient people, the commands of scripture are more directive! Do not commit adultery. Do not bear false witness. Flee sexual immorality (I Cor. 6:18). Contrast these directives with Proverbs 7:6-27: For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness….Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death.
In all of these, sexual purity is the point. No matter the style or the time or culture from which it was written. In this case, from Moses to Solomon to Paul. Look how different their circumstances, cultures, and times were. Moses was wandering in the desert with a homeless people, Solomon was one of the world’s richest kings, and Paul was a missionary to non-Jews within the Roman Empire. Inerrancy of scripture, though, teaches us that all the Bible is from God in some mysterious way–whether directive or not.
My point is that there are differences in style among the writers of the Bible. Naturally that would be so. But, that doesn’t mean interpreting its meaning is open to individual style and preference or cultural ways. We need to remember this when reading through the Bible and seeking its truth for our life and knowledge of God.
At any rate, reading the Bible in our own language for ourselves is a hallmark of the Protestant Reformation. It is a treasure to hold on to and pass on to our children and grandchildren.
And reading the Bible for ourselves shows us our need for mercy. Who could ever really live as wisely as Proverbs calls us to do? Who could ever be entirely sexually pure in mind, body, and desire? That is why we need a Savior and why we need mercy from a just and sovereign God. David sees this in Psalm 28. He is crying out for the Holy Spirit to strengthen him and stir his heart to remember His Savior.
I hope He will stir our hearts today–to read His word, to remain sexually pure, to tell the truth.
Let’s read Psalms this month.