“The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”
Eat the Word.
Psalms 119:9-11, “…Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
“Address thyself to the worship of God, and take time to compose thyself for it. Keep thy thoughts from roving and wandering: keep thy affections from running out toward wrong objects. We should avoid vain repetitions; copious prayers are not here condemned, but those that are unmeaning. How often our wandering thoughts render attendance on Divine ordinances little better than the sacrifice of fools! Many words and hasty ones, used in prayer, show folly in the heart, low thoughts of God, and careless thoughts of our own souls.”
“When a person made engagements rashly, he suffered his mouth to cause his flesh to
sin. The case supposes a man coming to the priest, and pretending that his vow was made rashly, and that it would be wrong to fullfil it. Such mockery of God would bring the Divine displeasure, which might blast what was thus unduly kept. We are to keep down the fear of man. Set God before thee; then, if thou see the oppression of the poor, thou wilt not find fault with Divine Providence; nor think the worse of the institution of magistracy, when thou see the ends of it thus perverted; nor of religion, when thou see it will not secure men from suffering wrong. But though oppressors may be secure, God will reckon for all.” -Matthew Henry
A Psalm of David.
THE EARTH is the Lord’s, and the fullness of it, the world and they who dwell in it.
For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the currents and the rivers.
Who shall go up into the mountain of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His Holy Place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted himself up to falsehood or to what is false, nor sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This is the generation [description] of those who seek Him [who inquire of and for Him and of necessity require Him], who seek Your face, [O God of] Jacob. Selah [pause, and think of that]!
Lift up your heads, O you gates; and be lifted up, you age-abiding doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates; yes, lift them up, you age-abiding doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who is [He then] this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah [pause, and think of that]!
THE PLANS of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue.
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart).
Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.
The Lord has made everything [to accommodate itself and contribute] to its own end and His own purpose–even the wicked [are fitted for their role] for the day of calamity and evil.
Everyone proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting, hateful, and exceedingly offensive to the Lord; be assured [I pledge it] they will not go unpunished.
By mercy and love, truth and fidelity [to God and man–not by sacrificial offerings], iniquity is purged out of the heart, and by the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord men depart from and avoid evil.
When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Better is a little with righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation and right standing with God) than great revenues with injustice.
A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure.
Divinely directed decisions are on the lips of the king; his mouth should not transgress in judgment.
A just balance and scales are the Lord’s; all the weights of the bag are His work [established on His eternal principles].
It is an abomination [to God and men] for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne is established and made secure by righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation).
Right and just lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right.
The wrath of a king is as messengers of death, but a wise man will pacify it.
In the light of the king’s countenance is life, and his favor is as a cloud bringing the spring rain.
How much better it is to get skillful and godly Wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; he who guards his way preserves his life.
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Better it is to be of a humble spirit with the meek and poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.
He who deals wisely and heeds [God’s] word and counsel shall find good, and whoever leans on, trusts in, and is confident in the Lord–happy, blessed, and fortunate is he.
The wise in heart are called prudent, understanding, and knowing, and winsome speech increases learning [in both speaker and listener].
Understanding is a wellspring of life to those who have it, but to give instruction to fools is folly.
The mind of the wise instructs his mouth, and adds learning and persuasiveness to his lips.
Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the mind and healing to the body.
There is a way that seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.
The appetite of the laborer works for him, for [the need of] his mouth urges him on.
A worthless man devises and digs up mischief, and in his lips there is as a scorching fire.
A perverse man sows strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
The exceedingly grasping, covetous, and violent man entices his neighbor, leading him in a way that is not good.
He who shuts his eyes to devise perverse things and who compresses his lips [as if in concealment] brings evil to pass.
The hoary head is a crown of beauty and glory if it is found in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation).
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his [own] spirit than he who takes a city.