Friday, February 17, 2012

Psalm 7 For Real Friday

Hi Stamping Friends!!

Psalm 7:1
"O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: 
save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me: (KJV)..."


Stamps: Mixed Bunch, You're a Gem
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Accessories: Blossom Punch, Adorning Accents Edgelits and Embossing Folders, Blossom Bouquet Punch, Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Black Button

This Psalm study was great, but it was tough to come up with a card for it. I chose the sentiment 4 EVER because we can always put our trust in God. He will always be there for us... FOR EVER! I think I'm going to use this card for my hostess club this Sunday. I've seen similar cards like this one on the net. It's simple and pretty and uses lots of new toys! :)

The Matthew Henry commentary had some interesting thoughts on Psalm 7 and putting our trust in God:
"David, thus basely abused, has recourse to the Lord. The injuries men do us should drive us to God, for to him we may commit our cause. Nay, he sings to the Lord; his spirit was not ruffled by it, nor cast down, but so composed and cheerful that he was still in tune for sacred songs and it did not occasion one jarring string in his harp. Thus let the injuries we receive from men, instead of provoking our passions, kindle and excite our devotions."

I love the thought: "The injuries men do us should drive us to God..." and also, "Thus let the injuries we receive from men... kindle and excite our devotions." Use the hurtful things that people say and do to you, to bring you closer to God.

Here is what my NIV Life Application Bible has to say about Psalm 7:
"Have you ever been falsely accused or so badly hurt that you want revenge? David wrote this psalm in response to the slanderous accusations of those who claimed he was trying to kill Saul and seize the throne. Instead of taking matters into his own hands and striking back, David cried out to God for justice. The proper response to slander is prayer, not revenge, because God says, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay". Instead of striking back, ask God to take your case, bring justice, and restore your reputation."

One thing I learned from Wendy Pope and this week's lesson on Psalm 7 is that my words have the power to hurt or to heal.

So often, when someone says something hurtful to us, or about us, our first response is to say something just as hurtful back. But this psalm of David teaches us to stop, and give it to God instead. Do not try and seek revenge on your own. Even through words or conversation. Instead, lay it before the feet of the one you can always trust to protect you.

Some thoughts from Wendy: "Words hurt. Words heal. And in order for the right words to come out of our mouths, the right words must go into our heart. God wants our words to be gifts."

Here are some great verses to remind us of the power of our words:

Ephesians 4:29 "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."

Proverbs 12:18 "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing."

Proverbs 16:24 "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."

What a wonderful lesson to learn! I constantly need to be reminded of the power of my words. And I need to remember to ask God for assistance in keeping me from wanting to have the last word. Psalm 141:3 says, "Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips." There are many times my mouth should be locked up! I come from a long line of "arguers". We all love to get the last word. I literally used to have to bite my tongue to keep myself from answering back. Now I just let them have the last word. It's not worth hurt feelings, just to prove a point.

If I'm not stamping, I'm usually reading. Here are a few of the books I've read in the last few months:

And here are some of the books on my list of books to read next:

What about you? What have you read lately that you would recommend?

I hope you have been blessed today!
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping! (and reading!)

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