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Words of wisdom: A New Anointing

May 19, 2018

The Verse of the Day for May 19, 2013 provides a portrait of godly wisdom found in James 3:17-18 in the New International Version

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

This passage brings to mind a previous series of blog posts: “Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

In reflecting upon wisdom and looking over some of the poetry that I had written with references to wisdom, I came across a journal entry written over ten years ago where I discussed the term “apothecary” which is part of the name used for my blog. Here is an excerpt:

“[I am] reading Exodus 25: a discussion of the recipe given to Moses to prepare the holy anointing oil for the tabernacle, to be “compounded after the art of the apothecary.” I am moved to tears as I read the passage and think of the years I spent as a pharmacist; indeed, I was endeavoring to follow recipes “to compound after the art of the apothecary.” Only within the last three or four years have I come to realize the connection between the natural and the spiritual within the context of my “compounding after the art of the apothecary,” both in terms of my bi-vocational endeavors. The phrase, of course, is also the title of a poem “After the Art of the Apothecary.”

The poetic entry for today is “A New Anointing” with a reference to the anointing oil that I mention in the journal excerpt.

A New Anointing

But my horn you have exalted
like a wild ox; I have been
anointed with fresh oil.

Psalm 92:10

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Isaiah 61:3

We are still overwhelmed, utterly astounded
When we recall all that the Lord has done and stand
In this place of grace where sin had once abounded.
Yielded and still, we submit to all that He has planned.
Here we receive a new anointing compounded
Still after the art of the apothecary.
Fragrant blessings caress all that we do and say,
As we touch the realm of the extraordinary.
We must walk in wisdom and not be confounded
By devilish devices that distract and dismay.
We look to God who shall bless and refresh our soul,
As He pours this precious ointment upon our head
That we might be sanctified, preserved and made whole
And trade sorrow for the oil of gladness instead.
Trusting in God’s will is never disappointing,
As we receive from on high this new anointing.

David Baroni gives us a spirited rendition of “A New Anointing,” a perfect musical selection for today’s blog entry, more “Good Medicine” placed on the shelves of Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe.

Another word to the wise

June 3, 2016

Proverbs 15--1

The Verse of the Day for June 3, 2016 comes from Proverbs 15:1 in the Holman Standard Christian Bible, but I would like to add verse two and look at the rendering of these words of wisdom in the Amplified Bible as well:

Proverbs 15:1-2 Holman Christian Standard Bible:

A gentle answer turns away anger,
but a harsh word stirs up wrath.

The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive,
but the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness

Proverbs 15:1-2 (AMP):

Contrast the Upright and the Wicked

1 A soft and gentle and thoughtful answer turns away wrath,
but harsh and painful and careless words stir up anger.
The tongue of the wise speaks knowledge that is pleasing and acceptable,
but the [babbling] mouth of fools spouts folly

This passage provides a striking contrast between the words of those who are wise in contrast to the words of those identified as fools. As we observe these two different views, the Word of God becomes a mirror that we look into and observe ourselves and note our behavior, as we recognize the truth of this poetic expression:

No word of God is void of power

Every word is true

Each of us decides in thought, word, and deed

What word applies to me

What word applies to you.

I recall posting a series entitled “Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise.” The entries were reflective comments on wisdom as revealed in the Book of Proverbs. From this bountiful resource we can apply the principles of wisdom, as each day abounds with opportunities to learn and grow in our relationship with God, our Father, and others.

A most valuable lesson that we can learn relates to using wisdom in terms of the words that we speak. This poem mentions wisdom in the context of the Spirit of Wisdom:

The Power of the Tongue

But the tongue can no man tame;

it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison

James 3:8

We know the tongue has power to generate life,

To produce seeds that will eventually take root

And will bring forth two very different kinds of fruit:

Love, joy and peace or envy, confusion and strife

Can build or destroy a brother, a friend, a wife.

With his hand, the helmsman easily turns great ships,

So we covenant to guard the gates of our lips,

For words can heal or pierce the heart as a sharp knife.

We desire life and long to see good all our days,

So we speak the truth and refrain from speaking lies.

Like Jesus, we want our tongue to speak what God says.

We seek to be wise but never in our own eyes.

Pressing toward the finish, the coming of God’s kingdom,

We seek not just a word but the Spirit of wisdom.

We conclude with this musical offering “The Way of Wisdom” by Michael Card

“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 11

May 25, 2013
This blog entry is the first in a series featuring "a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This blog entry is another in a series featuring a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

Each morning as I rise to use the bathroom and refresh myself to start the day, I often recite a statement made by Prophet Kim Clement, as I look in the mirror and wash my hands: “I see myself somewhere in the future, and I’m looking so much better than I look right now. . .” I go on to attach this personal addendum: “But right now, I’m looking good!”

While looking in the mirror, many times I think of my true identity, as I continually attempt to assess who I am and who I desire to be, as I seek to do the will of God. Some time ago, I posted a blog entry entitled “My New Identity Kit” which contained a poem with a reference to wisdom as well as to knowledge. Here are “Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise” for Day 11:

My True Identity

 

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord,

are changed into the same image from glory to glory,

even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

II Corinthians 3:18

I look in the mirror of God’s Word and I see,

Not the man I am but the man I shall become,

Reflected in my eyes, my true identity.

 

Released from shackles of a slave mentality,

The bondage of Egypt I have now overcome.

I look in the mirror of God’s Word and I see.

 

I smile as I keep singing of “A Brand New Me.”

In my heart I have prepared for God a new home,

Reflected in my eyes, my true identity.

 

“I am what I am” is my new reality:

A first-born son, model of the Father’s Kingdom.

I look in the mirror of God’s Word and I see.

 

God’s blessings in double measure overtake me,

Flowing by the spirit in knowledge and wisdom,

Reflected in my eyes, my true identity.

 

I live to fulfill my prophetic destiny,

As joys unfold with even greater joys to come.

I  look in the mirror of God’s Word and I see

Reflected in my eyes, my true identity.

 

As I begin to understand more fully who I am and who God intended for me to be, not only am I looking good, but I am also “feeling good” as this YouTube video by Michael Buble makes known:

 

 

“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 8

May 22, 2013
As we go through life, we encounter difficult situations whereby we can grow if we apply the lessons learned.

As we go through life, we encounter difficult situations whereby we can grow if we apply the lessons learned.

Many times as I begin my day in a meditative way, a passage of scripture or song lyrics will come to mind to jumpstart my day. This morning I thought of the lyrics to a powerful song performed by Barbra Streisand called “Lessons to be Learned:

Why did that right road take that wrong turn?

Why did our heart break, and why did we get burned?

Just like the seasons there are reasons for the path we take:

There are no mistakes—only lessons to be learned.

I began to think of some of the lessons that God is teaching me this season of my life. As a life-long learner, an ever-eager student in the University of Life, I am continually learning more about God and my relationship with Him, particularly in terms of applying the principles of wisdom, not just this month during this time of sharing “Words of Wisdom” from the Book of Proverbs, but each day abounds with opportunities to learn and grow.

A most valuable lesson that I am learning relates to using wisdom in terms of the words that we speak. An original poem that mentions wisdom in the context of the Spirit of Wisdom is “The Power of the Tongue:”

The Power of the Tongue

But the tongue can no man tame;

it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison

James 3:8

 

We know the tongue has power to generate life,

To produce seeds that will eventually take root

And will bring forth two very different kinds of fruit:

Love, joy and peace or envy, confusion and strife

Can build or destroy a brother, a friend, a wife.

With his hand, the helmsman easily turns great ships,

So I covenant to guard the gates of my lips,

For words can heal or pierce the heart as a sharp knife.

I desire life and long to see good all my days,

So I speak the truth and refrain from speaking lies.

Like Jesus, I want my tongue to speak what God says.

I seek to be wise but never in my own eyes.

Pressing toward the finish, the coming of God’s kingdom,

I seek not just a word but the Spirit of wisdom.

The last line of the poem brings to mind another song that captures the essence of that for which I am seeking: “Seekers of Your Heart” rendered by Steve Green, Sandi Patty and Larnelle Harris.

This blog entry is the first in a series featuring "a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This blog entry is another in a series featuring a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 7

May 21, 2013
This blog entry is the first in a series featuring "a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This blog entry is another in a series featuring a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This morning as I start to think about wisdom in Proverbs, I recognized that wisdom is portrayed as a woman in the first nine chapters of the book, as the entire message concludes with the 31st chapter which offers the magnificent portrait of the epitome of wisdom displayed in the “virtuous woman.”

Lady Wisdom

In researching the personification of wisdom as a woman, I discovered a discussion by Bryony Taylor, who asks, “Why is wisdom personified as a woman in the Old Testament book of Proverbs?” The text is an undergraduate essay that she wrote for her BA in Theology & Ministry. One of her references speaks of the image of “Lady Wisdom,” a term that I use in the poetic entry for the daily dose of “words to the wise” for Day 7:

Come, Dine with Lady Wisdom

Come and dine with me,” Jesus said.      

Come and dine with me,” Jesus said.

“I’ve prepared a table to set before you. “

“Come and dine with me,” Jesus said.

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 Riches and honor are with me,
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[New American Standard Bible] Proverbs 8:18

                              

Come, dine with Lady Wisdom, consummate hostess.

She invites you to partake of her sumptuous feast.

All who eat at her table will know great success.

For Wisdom is principal: the first and not the least.

Come, be satisfied at her banqueting table.

Eat and drink—those who hunger and thirst she will fill

With fruit from above—gentle, pure and peaceable.

To give long life is the pleasure of her perfect will.

Come, buy without money and purchase without price.

The gracious Lady freely gives to those who ask.

From her bounty she has more than enough to suffice.

Your goblet will ever overflow from her flask.

“Come and dine with me, Wisdom calls throughout the lands.

Glory, honor, wealth and favor flow from her hands.

Today’s blog entry concludes with a YouTube video of a tribute for Mother’s Day 2007 from Cornerstone City Church, containing excerpts from the God’s Word Translation of Proverbs 31 with background music.

“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 6

May 18, 2013
This blog entry is the first in a series featuring "a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This blog entry is another in a series featuring “a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This morning as I began to reflect upon wisdom as expressed in the Book of Proverbs, I happened to think about an important component of my spiritual life: “faith.” My mind went back to what I recall as my “first teaching based on the Bible.” I was a rising sophomore in high school when I volunteered to prepare a message for Youth Night at a church camp that I attended in Northern Michigan that summer. For some reason, I was led to share on “faith” and opened with Hebrews 11:1, 6:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

But without faith, it is impossible to please him, for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

Over the years, faith has been a subject that I have studied and endeavored to understand and apply to my life, in my efforts to be “the mighty man of faith whom God called me to be.”

A number of years ago, my daughter, Melissa, asked me to write a commentary on faith for her website, and this is what I shared:

To unleash our true purpose and passion and then turn it into profit, we must establish a firm foundation upon which we build. As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, faith is the bedrock of our lives. We define faith as confident assurance, trust and conviction that we will prevail. Faith–“the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”– operates beyond what we see, for we walk by faith, not by sight.

In the midst thundering echoes of “No!” faith says “Yes!”  Voices shout “You can’t” but faith proclaims “We can and we will!” At the point of total exhaustion, faith says, “Take one more step.” After more failed attempts than we can number, faith gives us courage to try one more time. Faith is tenacious—you hold on and never give up. Although the diagnosis, bank statement or other evidence says “No way!” faith responds with “God will make a way.”

In terms of illustrations of faith, we find excellent examples from the Bible and from the lives of great men and women who achieved impossible dreams. Despite a barrage of reasons why they would fail, they transformed failure into success. Without faith it is impossible . . . but with faith, the impossible becomes possible.  We, who live in the state of Ohio, recognize and rejoice in our State Motto: “For with God all things are possible.”Indeed, faith is our solid foundation. Like the wise man who built his house on the rock, when the storms of life approach, if we have laid a firm foundation, the house that we build will stand, for faith is our sure foundation.

Following a similar pattern of building, we must also apply wisdom to our lives, for as Proverbs 9:1-3 remind us:

Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns.

She has prepared a great banquet, mixed the wines, and set the table.

She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come. She calls out from the heights overlooking the city.

In looking over some of the poems that I have written with wisdom as the subject, I found this piece that speaks of these two vital elements of our lives as believers:

Wisdom and Faith           

Through words of wisdom and faith, I call forth blessing

to come upon me and overtake me.”

Patricia King

 

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men,

but in the power of God.

I Corinthians 2:5

 

Through words of wisdom and faith, I call forth blessing

Upon blessing to overtake me and abound,

As I press toward the mark, while each day progressing

Until all who love His appearing will be crowned.

Through wisdom and faith, I call forth that which is not,

As though it were and follow faithful Abraham,

The father of all who still believe, no matter what.

I declare that I am all that God says I am

And align my life in synch with the coming Kingdom.

Through the Blood of the Lamb and my testimony

I overcome by faith and the power of Christ’s wisdom,

For nothing can deter me from my destiny.

I press toward the mark, the prize I am destined to win,

By faith, hand in hand with wisdom, her gracious twin.

Here is a link to another blog entry discussing faith with accompanying musical selections, more “good medicine” from the shelves of Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe:

https://drlej.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/faith-the-foundation-of-my-life/

How firm is my foundation: Not a question but a statement

Faith and Wisdom are two vital components of building our lives as committed believers who walk in the power of God.

“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 5

May 17, 2013
The Book of Proverbs encourages us to pursue wisdom, as one would pursue hidden riches or treasures

The Book of Proverbs encourages us to pursue wisdom, as one would pursue hidden riches or treasures

Although several days have passed since my last blog entry on wisdom, I have been thinking about the subject nonetheless. Here are “Words of Wisdom” –a daily dose of “words to the wise” for Day 5, mindful that the number 5 represents “God’s grace,” once again so gloriously displayed.  The poem for today is directly related to the previous entry for Day 4 “In Pursuit of Wisdom,” in that I write about the subsequent demonstration that indicates that an individual is serious in terms of pursuing wisdom.

An incident came to mind that occurred while I was in basic training, after having been drafted into the U.S. Army back in 1967. At the end of the training period, we were told to prepare for a thorough inspection of our barracks by the Inspector General. I recall that I had received my first pay which I had placed in the bottom of an empty stationery box that I had hidden underneath some of the clothing items that lined my footlocker. In my haste to prepare for the I.G. inspection, I inadvertently threw what I thought was an empty box into the trash which I later recalled having thrown into the dumpster behind the barracks. We passed the inspection with flying colors and our company performed well on the parade field, being selected as the group with the best formation. As a result, we were given a pass to go into the neighboring town for the day.

As I went to get my pay which I had stashed away, I realized that I had thrown my month’s wages into the trash, as I remembered what I had done in preparing my footlocker for inspection. Without hesitation, I walked swiftly to the back of the barracks and climbed into the dumpster. In pursuing the object, I ignored the strange looks and snide comments and inquiries that asked “Johnson, what are you doing? What are you looking for?” I walked over to the area where I recall that I dumped the trash, and I diligently searched for and finally found the box that contained the money that I was looking for.

The Bible urges us to follow after or to pursue wisdom in the same manner that you would seek to find hidden treasures, such as silver or gold. In a similar manner, the object that I was seeking was more valuable to me that the embarrassment or inconvenience that I had to endure in order to obtain it.  When I jumped into the dumpster without hesitation, I demonstrated the essence of message of the following poem:

The Proof of Desire

Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts,

but especially that you may prophesy.

I Corinthians 14:1

The proof of desire is pursuit.

Mike Murdock

 

In each new season may my life abound with fruit,

As I follow after God and seek His favor,

To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

 

This passion to please is my relentless pursuit,

As I seek to taste His goodness and to savor.

In each new season may my life abound with fruit.

 

As a seasoned tree is strengthened from leaf to root,

I flow with fullness of joy as I labor,

To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

 

Though I may seek as silver His wisdom and truth,

This life swiftly passes, fleeting as a vapor.

In each new season may my life abound with fruit.

 

I have yearned for God’s presence, even as a youth.

I now forsake all to scale the heights of Mount Tabor,

To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

 

I ever seek to know God’s will and to do it,

To follow in the steps of Jesus, my Savior.

In each new season may my life abound with fruit,

To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

 

Recently my thought have so frequently turned toward my experience in the military back in the late Sixties, during which time I experienced a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, and I have never been the same. I continue to pursue wisdom as a demonstration of my desire to please God in all that I say and do.

I conclude this blog entry with a YouTube video of “Words of Wisdom from the Bible—Pursuit of God’s Truth,” a song entitled “Wisdom Calls” by Seven Days, from their album “The Weight of the World.”

“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 4

May 10, 2013
This photo taken at Indiana Dunes State Park brought to mind a childhood experience that I related to the pursuit of wisdom, as I reflect on wisdom while reading from the Book of Proverbs.

This photo taken at Indiana Dunes State Park brought to mind a childhood experience that I related to the pursuit of wisdom, as I reflected on wisdom while reading from the Book of Proverbs.

While preparing this reflective entry on wisdom from the Book of Proverbs, I thought about the exhortation to pursue wisdom; this challenge resonates throughout the 31 chapters containing Solomon’s advice to son.

I recall going on a field trip to the Indiana Dunes State Park, outside of Gary, Indiana, when I was in middle school, what we called “junior high school,” back in the day. Somehow I came across a small stream running through a wooded area. As I followed the creek through the winding woods, I was determined to find the area where the stream began, but as I progressed, the size of the stream remained the same and continued to flow on endlessly. After about a half an hour, I realized that I needed to get back to area where we supposed to meet before departing on the bus and returning to “the Steel City.” When I arrived at the place where we were to meet, I learned that I was quite late, and that I had delayed their departure.

As I was reading from the Book of Proverbs once again, this experience from my childhood came to mind, in light of the exhortation to pursue wisdom, to search diligently for wisdom, and wholeheartedly seek to find this valuable spiritual entity. I also thought of the following poem that is related to this topic:

In Pursuit of Wisdom

 13 Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man

 who finds skillful and godly Wisdom,

 and the man who gets understanding

 [drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences],

 

 14 For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver,

 and the profit of it better than fine gold.

 

 Proverbs 3:13-14 [Amplified Bible]

 

To cause to flee as one chases an enemy,

To relentlessly follow and then overtake,

As a hunter reads footprints and tracks down his game,

So your fragrance arouses me as I awake.

Desire, a fire, flames the passion deep within me.

Though I have felt your touch and kissed your lips before,

As a lover pursues his beloved, so I

Yearn to be with you and to know you even more,

Assured that all who pursue you shall also find.

As the sun rises to follow its daily course,

Zealously I seek you with my heart and soul and mind,

As one traces a winding river to its source.

As one forsakes all to pursue a priceless treasure,

So I seek the Spirit of Wisdom’s good pleasure.

Although that experience occurred almost sixty years ago, I am still earnestly seeking to find the source of all life, the river of life, from which flows wisdom, knowledge, understanding and all the attributes of God.

I conclude this blog entry with a song of worship that also came to mind, “My Soul Follows Hard after Thee” with lyrics by Don Moen:

This blog entry is the first in a series featuring "a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This blog entry is another in a series featuring “a daily dose of ‘words to the wise,’ poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.”