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A Journey Through the Psalms and Proverbs

Ron Smith

Ron Smith

Hello, I’m Ron Smith. Today is my 70th birthday. If you’re in need of a warm fire, gather around my cake.

I enjoy 19th-century English literature—Austen, Brontë, Dickens, Shelley, and others. I failed sophomore English Literature in high school. I changed my attitude about the subject in college and was offered an English Literature professorate at Mississippi State University, which my wife turned down. Go figure!

In mentoring the homeless at Our Calling, inmates at Lew Sterrett Jail, men at Summit, or disciples at Equipped Disciple, I've learned that all people are sinners facing judgment and equally need Jesus Christ.

January 10, 2017

ON JUDGMENT DAY, WHAT IS CHRIST WORTH?


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Psalm 7

In You Do I Take Refuge

A Shiggaion [1] of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite.

7:1 O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge;
save me from all my pursuers and deliver me,
lest like a lion they tear my soul apart,
rending it in pieces, with none to deliver.

O Lord my God, if I have done this,
if there is wrong in my hands,
if I have repaid my friend [2] with evil
or plundered my enemy without cause,
let the enemy pursue my soul and overtake it,
and let him trample my life to the ground
and lay my glory in the dust. Selah

Arise, O Lord, in your anger;
lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
awake for me; you have appointed a judgment.
Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about you;
over it return on high.

The Lord judges the peoples;
judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
and according to the integrity that is in me.
Oh, let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
and may you establish the righteous—
you who test the minds and hearts, [3]
O righteous God!
10 My shield is with God,
who saves the upright in heart.
11 God is a righteous judge,
and a God who feels indignation every day.

12 If a man [4] does not repent, God [5] will whet his sword;
he has bent and readied his bow;
13 he has prepared for him his deadly weapons,
making his arrows fiery shafts.
14 Behold, the wicked man conceives evil
and is pregnant with mischief
and gives birth to lies.
15 He makes a pit, digging it out,
and falls into the hole that he has made.
16 His mischief returns upon his own head,
and on his own skull his violence descends.

17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 7:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
[2] 7:4 Hebrew the one at peace with me
[3] 7:9 Hebrew the hearts and kidneys
[4] 7:12 Hebrew he
[5] 7:12 Hebrew he

MEMORY VERSES

Psalm 1:2

but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.