Wisdom is Calling
Psalms 1-2 and Proverbs 1-6
Originally, I planned to do two writings to cover these eight chapters. Then I noticed that there are many similarities in the first two Psalms and the first six chapters of Proverbs.
A godly path
Start with Psalm 1:1 "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful."(Yes I know it's KJV, but this is how I learned the chapter and it is still the way I think of it. 😊 )
Compare this to Proverbs 4:14"Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men."
Trees in Psalms and Proverbs
Compare Psalm 1:3 "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."
To Proverbs 3:18 "She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her."
This is not quite a one-to-one comparison. The verse in Psalms is talking about a person. The verse in Proverbs is Wisdom talking. But if someone is using Wisdom to feel out a situation they will be eating of the fruits of the tree of Wisdom and their path will be guided to the proverbial waters of Psalm 1.
Both of these remind us of the tree in the Garden of Eden.
Learning God's law using Wisdom
Psalms 1:2 says "But his delight is in the Law of the LORD,
And on His Law he meditates day and night"
Proverbs 4:4-7 'He taught me and said to me,
Let your heart take hold of my words;
Keep my commandments and live
Acquire Wisdom! Acquire understanding!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth
Do not abandon her, and she will guard you;
Love her, and she will watch over you.
The beginning of Wisdom is: Acquire Wisdom;
And with all your possessions, acquire understanding"
What is the law of the LORD but the beginning of Wisdom?
And how do you get Wisdom? James says you need to ask the Lord for it. James 1:5 "But if anyone is deficient in Wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without reprimand, and it will be given to him."
The end of the wicked
Psalms 1:6 says "For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish"
And Proverbs says in 2:22 "But the wicked will be eliminated from the land, and the treacherous will be torn away from it."
Putting God's word in your heart
What is the point I am trying to make? Look again at Psalms 1:1 "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful."
And now at Proverbs 3:1-3 "My son do not forget my teaching, But have your heart comply with my commandments. For length of days and years of live and peace they will add to you. Do not let kindness and truth leave you: Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart."
This verse is very similar to Moses' words of warning in Deuteronomy 11:18-20, "Take these words of mine to heart and keep them in mind. Write them down, tie them around your wrists, and wear them as headbands as a reminder. Teach them to your children, and talk about them when you're at home or away, when you lie down or get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."
All three of these passages are telling us to have God's word constantly before us. Make it surround us all the time. On a podcast I heard recently, the preacher said that when you are tempted to do something wrong, just imagine Jesus sitting in a chair watching what you are doing. He is watching, just not from a chair. But if we imagine Jesus watching and remember the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) trend, it will help us in all our decision making.
And take the last part of the Proverbs passage above – "write them on the table to your heart" and compare it to Ezekiel 11:19, "And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them. And I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, so that they may walk in My statutes, and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be My people and I shall be their God."
The meaning here being that with a stone heart a person is never going to change. A heart of flesh will allow God's statutes to be written on it, which will in turn cause a person to change.
The point is that the different parts of the Bible always reinforce each other. Consider Proverbs 2:8 "Guarding the paths of justice, and He watches over the ways of his godly ones."
Justice or injustice occurs 42 times in Psalms. Nineteen times in Proverbs. In Isaiah twenty-nine times. Thirteen times in Jeremiah. Eighteen times in Ezekiel. And in the remainder of the prophets it occurs twenty-five times. Do you think God is concerned about justice? Is He concerned when people in power ignore or pervert justice?
In fact, Micah 6:8 says, "He has told you, mortal one, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"
Here, justice is one of three things that God requires. One could find many verses supporting kindness and humility, too. God repeats things over and over because we rarely hear it the first, second or third time. Somewhere along the line – the tenth or twelfth time – it starts to sink in.
Wisdom is calling
Which leads us back to Proverbs and Lady Wisdom calling out to us. She wants us to listen. She has good words for us to live by. She has warnings to save our lives and live a long, full life. We just have to listen to her.
See Proverbs 3:13-18 "Blessed is a person who finds Wisdom, and one who obtains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver, and her produce better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace .She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are those who hold on to her."
Wisdom is calling. Will we choose to listen?