Allow me to introduce a new challenge. I’m calling it, “The Sword Training Challenge – 40 Days in the Word of God.” Inspired by the 40 days that God spent teaching Moses and the 40 days that Jesus spent teaching the Apostles, I am introducing this challenge to read the Bible for 40 days and see how the Lord speaks to you. I am calling it sword training because we must know how to wield the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
For the next 31 days, I will read and talk about 1 chapter from Proverbs and 5 chapters from Psalms each day. With that cadence, we will reach the end of both books in 31 days. After that, I’ll round it out with nine days of other pivotal scriptures. So, without any further ado, let’s jump into today’s scriptures…
– Proverbs 1
– Psalms 1-5
For me, the key verse in Proverbs 1 is verse 7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” It’s just that simple. The rest of the chapter demonstrates the choice that each one of us faces on a daily basis, and the reward or consequence of that choice. Do we follow God, or chase after the flesh?
Psalm chapter 1 follows the same train of thought. Blessed is the man that delights himself in the ways of the Lord. He is like a tree planted by the river. Woe to the man who delights in wickedness, for he is like that chaff which the wind drives away. It reminds me of the old Sunday school song about building your house on the rock vs. building your house on the sand. The ungodly will perish, but the righteous are firmly planted.
Psalm 2 gets exciting as the prophesies of Jesus come into play. The Lord is talking about the wickedness of the earthly kings who are only concerned with enriching themselves through the destruction of others. Then in verse 6 he talks about the king that He will put in place. While it doesn’t use the phrase here, we would be safe calling him the king-of-kings. We are encouraged to be wise by serving the Lord with fear, and rejoicing with trembling. Now this is not a frightened fear of the Lord. It is a respectful fear of the Lord.
In Psalm 3 we find David seeking the Lord’s deliverance from his enemies. I find it encouraging that as we read through the Psalms we see David run through every emotion – sometimes praising God, and sometimes crying out for help. Other times lamenting the failures of his own humanity, but through it all he never losing faith in God. That could be my story today. If I were writing the Psalms it is quite possible that I would be writing the same things.
Finally, Psalms 4 and 5 both speak to me of God’s protection of his people. David sings about how the Lord is a shield around us and that he will smite our enemies. Is this sounding familiar? Yes, that’s right! We are seeing foreshadowing of the armor of God as David says, “For thou, Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor wilt though compass him as with a shield.”
There you have it, my friends! That’s where the Lord took me as I read today’s scriptures. Feel free to comment your insights and what the Lord has spoken to you. I welcome the interaction.
May the Lord bless you and keep you!
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