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Psalm 4 (KJV):
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A Psalm of Peace,
Hopefulness & Sleep
The Daily Walk with Miracles, June 19, 2017, by Paul Evans. For my friend Paul Y.’s son David, who is going through some hard times now. KJV Bibles verses are Public Domain along with Matthew Henry’s commentary, courtesy of The Official King James Bible Online. Photo image about taking advice courtesy of Employment Dispute Resolution Ltd (NZ)
Wednesday Morning Counsel
COUNSEL for MONDAY: See Beyond Sunday: The Appearance of What’s Right, Bible Study Tools, June 19, 2017, by BibleStudyTools. An appreciation of our humanity, as if to say, we are all sinners before God, fully dependent on His Grace. And we must make some minimum sacrifice, you have to start somewhere. So, as per the movie from books by that Greek guy Georges Kazantzakis, who also wrote “Zorba the Greek,” and “The Last Temptation of Christ,” watch “Never on Sunday” (English subtitles). They don’t make movies like this any more, and it’s a shame. About weekdays, my dad always used to say, it’s not just “things” which are important, it’s “the appearance of things.” In this hypocritical society we live in, both are important: “conform or be cast out,” as Rush said in the song, “Subdivisions.” At least make some obligatory sacrifices, at a minimum, try to fit in a little bit, right? It’s not such a high price to pay for acceptance. And I do wish society were a little more tolerant of those who are “different.” As Jesus instructs us, “judge not, lest ye be judged.”
Where You Find It
Personal Note from Paul Evans: I feel that while most of the “truth” is in the Bible and many secrets, it is right and proper to take knowledge where we find it (so long as this does not in understandable ways contradict the Bible). “The internet isn’t in the Bible, but the Bible is on the internet,” yet we must not fail to maintain our humanity, humility, decency and even kindness, when we can. See 1 Corinthians 13: 1-2: 1: “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity (love), I am nothing.” Some versions I have read provide the end of verse two as “how dark is that darkness.”
Try to have a little kindness and love for your fellow man, when it’s at all appropriate. Please do try to understand also my own personality as you read my prose: as a photo/image I carried stated, “autism is not a disease: don’t try to cure us, try to understand us.” I still get so very much wrong, and I also want to apologize for my occasional dark humor. I describe my brand of humor as “wry, kind of wacky a la Monty Python, somewhat existentialist,” whatever that might mean, anyway it’s NOT sarcastic, really, but I guess is wry or ironic at times. God Bless all my readers who tolerate and pray for me. I ask that you please pray for my friend Paul Y.’s son David, who needs your prayers. Amen.
In terms of those — like myself — who in an engaged state with a woman/man or else just in a relationship, in terms of oral sex, were stupid and/or guilty, this can be a terribly burdon. Oral sex carries with it a certain burdon, more of less, of possession with it: that’s why God warned us about it in the Garden of Eden story. This is just one of the things the Psalmist and Matthew Henry are talking about, but it definitely is included here. Rely on God, read the Bible and pray, so that your difficulty may be minimized. For a single man it may be helpful to drink a little less water. But read and pray. Amen.
“A warning to “philosophers” about Descartes’s cogito ergo sum (I think therefore I am): Thinking about stuff will get you words and logic, not happiness or a good life. That’s up to God. Well, God and/or the CIA.”
Psalm 4 (KJV)
4:1 (To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David.) Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.
3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.
4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710
The children of men proved, and the happiness of godly people. (1-5) God’s favour is happiness. (6-8)
1-5 Hear me for thy mercy-sake, is our best plea. He who will not ask such blessings as pardon, and justifying righteousness, and eternal life, must perish for the want of them. Alas! that so many should make so fearful a choice. The psalmist warns against sin. Keep up holy reverence of the glory and majesty of God. You have a great deal to say to your hearts, they may be spoken with, let it not be unsaid. Examine them by serious self-reflection; let your thoughts fasten upon that which is good, and keep close to it. Consider your ways, and before you turn to sleep at night, examine your consciences with respect to what you have done in the day; particularly what you have done amiss, that you may repent of it. when you awake in the night, meditate upon God, and the things that belong to your peace. Upon a sick-bed, particularly, we should consider our ways. Be still. when you have asked conscience a question, be serious, be silent, wait for an answer. Open not the mouth to excuse sin. All confidence must be pan answer (an answer?). Open not the mouth to excuse sin. All confidence only: therefore, after commanding the sacrifices of righteousness, the psalmist says, Put your trust in the Lord.
6-8 Wordly people inquire for good, not for the chief good; all they want is outward good, present good, partial good, good meat, good drink, a good trade, and a good estate; but what are all these worth? Any good will serve the turn of most men, but a gracious soul will not be put off so. Lord, let us have thy favour, and let us know that we have it, we desire no more; let us be satisfied of thy loving-kindness, and will be satisfied with it. Many inquire after happiness, but David had found it. When God puts grace in the heart, he puts gladness in the heart. Thus comforted, he pitied, but neither envied nor feared the most prosperous sinner. He commits all his affairs to God, and is prepared to welcome his holy will. But salvation is in Christ alone; where will those appear who despise him as their Mediator, and revile him in his disciples? May they stand in awe, and no longer sin against the only remedy.
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