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The Strong, the Wise and the Righteous

July 18, 2018

The Verse of the Day for July 18, 2018 comes from Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible. Also known as the Torah Psalm, this passage makes reference to the Word of God in every verse, employing such synonyms as “statues, Law, judgments, precepts, etc. The Verse of the Day is the next to the last verse of the Aleph or the first section where David makes a bold declaration of his intent:

Psalm 119:7 (New Living Translation):

As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!

The section ends with another declaration of intent, ending with a passionate plea:

Psalm 119:8 (NLT):

I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!

David goes on to demonstrate his efforts to live uprightly and follow the precepts of God:

Psalm 119:11 (NLT):

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

At the dedication of the Temple, David, who is described as “a man after God’s own heart,” comments on the attributes of God by saying,

17 I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously. (1 Chronicles 29:17)

David goes on to speak of his own state before God:

2 Samuel 22:23-26

23 I have followed all his regulations;
I have never abandoned his decrees.
24 I am blameless before God;
I have kept myself from sin.
25 The LORD rewarded me for doing right.
He has seen my innocence.
26 “To the faithful you show yourself faithful;
to those with integrity you show integrity.

God is always on the lookout for individuals who are “upright in heart.” A classic illustration of God looking for and finding such an “upright” person is found in Job, who is described in this way in the first verse of the book that bears his name:

Job 1:1 (Amplified Bible):

1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who [reverently] feared God and abstained from and shunned evil [because it was wrong].

Psalm 11:7 (NLT) also makes known the kind of people who get God’s attention:

For the righteous LORD loves justice. The virtuous will see his face.

II Chronicles 16:9 reveals that the eyes of Lord are always scanning the planet, looking for individuals with an upright or perfect heart. Such an individual is further described in Psalm 37:37 as “the perfect man . . . the upright,” whose life is a reflection of the peace of God. These two verses are combined in a Scripture memory song with these lyrics:

II Chronicles 16:9 and Psalm 37:37

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro,
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro,
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro,
Throughout the whole earth
To show Himself strong, to show Himself strong,
To show Himself strong in behalf of them
Whose heart is perfect toward Him.
The man with a perfect heart is whole and complete:
Mark the perfect man and behold the upright,
For the end of that man is peace.

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro,
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro,
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro,
Throughout the whole earth

Ten years ago I recall a Bible teaching that described those who survive in times of famine. The Verse of the Day and related scriptures brought to mind this response:

The Strong, the Wise and the Righteous

“In times of famine, those who survive
and prosper are the strong,
the wise and the righteous.”
Apostle Eric L. Warren

In times of severe famine those who survive are the strong
In mind, those empowered by the Spirit of Might.
Though living in a strange land, they sing the Lord’s song,
Striving to please their God, in whom He takes delight.
During drought and scarcity of food the wise
Search for wisdom as bold hunters pursue their game.
They seek to do all God’s will and not compromise.
God hears every cry when they call upon His name
And satisfies the deepest hunger of their soul.
Walking worthy of their calling as faithful sons,
They learn that to run to serve is life’s highest goal.
In times of famine they shall find grace in the Lord’s eyes;
Set apart for His glory: the strong, righteous and wise.

We end our comments on the Verse of the Day “a musical rendering of Psalm 119:1-8 offer as a worship song by Jason Silver: “All Your Commandments”

Because He is not ashamed, I am not ashamed

July 17, 2015

Romans 1_16In Romans 1:16 (NLT) we find the Verse of the Day for July 17, 2015:

For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.

This particular verse brought to mind a journal entry made over ten years ago where I examined a number of scriptures under the heading: “No More Shame!” According to Biblestudytools.com, the Arabic word for shame, disgrace, or dishonor is said to be ayb, translated as a dirty garment to be cast off by every effort. Indeed, shame is often associated with filthy garments. . . In the vernacular, we speak of “a lowdown dirty shame.” This concept related to soiled garments being removed is illustrated in Zechariah 3:3-4:

Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.”

God speaks words of comfort to Israel through Isaiah, the prophet, who proclaims: Isaiah 54:4-5

Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

The expression “not ashamed” is used distinctively in the Scriptures, beginning with its first usage in Genesis. In reflecting upon that place, we are “yearning to return to Eden, to get back to the Garden” . . . the place of innocence, the first place where there was no shame: Genesis 2:25

And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

A number of references come from the Psalms regarding having no shame: Psalm 119:6

Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.

Psalm 34:5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. Psalm 31:1

In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.

Psalm 119:116

Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.

In the New Testament, a number of references also speak of having “no shame”: Hebrews 2:11 also reveals a similar attitude that Christ has toward those who call upon his name:

For both he that sanctifies and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,

Hebrews 11:16 reminds us of God’s favorable attitude toward those who believe in Him:

But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Romans 5:5 makes a connection between having “no shame” and the hope of salvation:

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto

Philippians 1:20 goes on to say:

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

Regarding our hope that abides in our expectation of the Lord’s return, I John 2:28 encourages:

And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

Most believers are quite familiar with Romans 10:9-10 which relate to salvation through confessing the Lord Jesus as Savior and believing that God raised him from the dead, but we sometimes forget the following verse: Romans 10:11 (KJV)

For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

Scripture says, No man who believes in Him [who adheres to, relies on, and trusts in Him] will [ever] be put to shame or be disappointed.

This verse and all the above related scriptures reinforce the message of the Verse of the Day. The lyrics from the contemporary gospel song “I am not ashamed of the Gospel” echo those same sentiments, recorded here by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir: