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Day Thirty Serving

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Good Evening! So sorry our feast was delayed today -- I have not forgotten! I bid you welcome to the thirtieth serving of "Five A Day...with a Slice of Wisdom"! Congratulations to those of you who have followed with me these past thirty days and completed this challenge. I am glad for any amount of time you were able to spend doing this! I want to encourage you to continue in this practice! It has been a really good experience. I hope you have been strengthened by it as I have. It is a joy to sit down and feast with you. Tonight's serving is taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible. As always, you can go to , if you desire another version.

Please let me know how you did with this challenge!!!!!!

Note: I am feeling led to do another challenge soon entitled "Juicy Fruit". It will be a challenge to dive into the Fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23. Just as in the natural we need our daily servings of fruit, we need the same spiritually. Only Spiritually we are usually given seed, the fruit is developed, and then manifested in us. Thus, we are known by our fruit. The fruit we develop in us in meant to be shared. Developing it is a challenge. It is not simply eating it and exuding it immediately. It is an ongoing process. Let me know if you are interested. My goal is to start this in August.

A Moment of Grace:

Father God, what a precious gift You are! How we love to sit in Your Presence and dine with You! No matter how many times we read through Psalms, Proverbs, or any other Book in You Word, we are always learning something new and always growing. We want to have a better understanding of You and what Your expectations of us are. We discover this in daily communion with You! As we imbibe Your Word, we find out how You abide in us and we in You. We discover the great depth of Your character. We seek out Your infinite wisdom. We learn so much because You are the great Teacher! We are also inspected. Are we in line with Your Perfect will? We are corrected, convicted, but never condemned. We thank You for Your discipline. We thank You for discipling us and drawing us closer to Your side. We thank You for how real and open we can and should come before You. David is candid before You and He was/is genuine. May we be the same. Let us not be afraid to come boldly to Your throne room. Let us not be afraid to openly express our love for You. You say if we acknowledge You, we will be acknowledged but if we deny You we will be denied. I pray that each of us will always acknowledge You even to our own hurt.
Father, I pray Your special favor upon each one present here. Manifest Your Word in us. Bring us into a deeper knowledge and relationship with You. I am gladdened by this fellowship around Your table. This has been such a sweet blessing. I pray that this fellowship will continue both here in our daily lives and into eternity where this fellowship will be whole, complete, and everlasting! We pray this in the Name of Jesus. Amen!

Come and Dine...............

Psalm 21

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 21

The King’s Victory

For the choir director. A Davidic psalm.

1 Lord, the king finds joy in Your strength.
How greatly he rejoices in Your victory!
2 You have given him his heart’s desire
and have not denied the request of his lips. Selah
3 For You meet him with rich blessings;
You place a crown of pure gold on his head.
4 He asked You for life, and You gave it to him—
length of days forever and ever.
5 His glory is great through Your victory;
You confer majesty and splendor on him.
6 You give him blessings forever;
You cheer him with joy in Your presence.
7 For the king relies on the Lord;
through the faithful love of the Most High
he is not shaken.

8 Your hand will capture all your enemies;
your right hand will seize those who hate you.
9 You will make them burn
like a fiery furnace when you appear;
the Lord will engulf them in His wrath,
and fire will devour them.
10 You will wipe their descendants from the earth
and their offspring from the human race.
11 Though they intend to harm[a] you
and devise a wicked plan, they will not prevail.
12 Instead, you will put them to flight
when you aim your bow[b] at their faces.

13 Be exalted, Lord, in Your strength;
we will sing and praise Your might.

Footnotes:a.Psalm 21:11 Lit they stretch out evil against
b.Psalm 21:12 Lit aim with your bowstrings

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Psalm 51

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 51

A Prayer for Restoration

For the choir director. A Davidic psalm, when Nathan the prophet came to him after he had gone to Bathsheba.

1 Be gracious to me, God,
according to Your faithful love;
according to Your abundant compassion,
blot out my rebellion.
2 Wash away my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I am conscious of my rebellion,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against You—You alone—I have sinned
and done this evil in Your sight.
So You are right when You pass sentence;
You are blameless when You judge.
5 Indeed, I was guilty when I was born;
I was sinful when my mother conceived me.

6 Surely You desire integrity in the inner self,
and You teach me wisdom deep within.
7 Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones You have crushed rejoice.
9 Turn Your face away[a] from my sins
and blot out all my guilt.

10 God, create a clean heart for me
and renew a steadfast[b] spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from Your presence
or take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore the joy of Your salvation to me,
and give me a willing spirit.[c]
13 Then I will teach the rebellious Your ways,
and sinners will return to You.

14 Save me from the guilt of bloodshed, God,
the God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing of Your righteousness.
15 Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare Your praise.
16 You do not want a sacrifice, or I would give it;
You are not pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice pleasing to God is[d] a broken spirit.
God, You will not despise a broken and humbled heart.

18 In Your good pleasure, cause Zion to prosper;
build[e] the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on Your altar.

Footnotes:a.Psalm 51:9 Lit Hide Your face
b.Psalm 51:10 Or right
c.Psalm 51:12 Or and sustain me with a noble spirit
d.Psalm 51:17 Lit The sacrifices of God are
e.Psalm 51:18 Or rebuild
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Psalm 81

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 81

A Call to Obedience

For the choir director: on the Gittith. Of Asaph.

1 Sing for joy to God our strength;
shout in triumph to the God of Jacob.
2 Lift up a song—play the tambourine,
the melodious lyre, and the harp.
3 Blow the horn on the day of our feasts[a][b]
during the new moon
and during the full moon.
4 For this is a statute for Israel,
a judgment of the God of Jacob.
5 He set it up as an ordinance for Joseph
when He went throughout[c] the land of Egypt.

I heard an unfamiliar language:
6 “I relieved his shoulder from the burden;
his hands were freed from carrying the basket.
7 You called out in distress, and I rescued you;
I answered you from the thundercloud.
I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah
8 Listen, My people, and I will admonish you.
Israel, if you would only listen to Me!
9 There must not be a strange god among you;
you must not bow down to a foreign god.
10 I am Yahweh your God,
who brought you up from the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

11 “But My people did not listen to Me;
Israel did not obey Me.
12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts
to follow their own plans.
13 If only My people would listen to Me
and Israel would follow My ways,
14 I would quickly subdue their enemies
and turn My hand against their foes.”
15 Those who hate the Lord
would pretend submission to Him;
their doom would last forever.
16 But He would feed Israel[d] with the best wheat.
“I would satisfy you with honey from the rock.”

Footnotes:a.Psalm 81:3 Lit feast
b.Psalm 81:3 Either Passover or Tabernacles
c.Psalm 81:5 LXX, Syr, Jer read out of
d.Psalm 81:16 Lit him

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Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville Tennessee. All rights reserved.

Psalm 111

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 111

Praise for the Lord’s Works

1 Hallelujah![a]
I will praise the Lord with all my heart
in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

2 The Lord’s works are great,
studied by all who delight in them.
3 All that He does is splendid and majestic;
His righteousness endures forever.
4 He has caused His wonderful works to be remembered.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate.
5 He has provided food for those who fear Him;
He remembers His covenant forever.
6 He has shown His people the power of His works
by giving them the inheritance of the nations.
7 The works of His hands are truth and justice;
all His instructions are trustworthy.
8 They are established forever and ever,
enacted in truth and in what is right.
9 He has sent redemption to His people.
He has ordained His covenant forever.
His name is holy and awe-inspiring.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow His instructions[b] have good insight.
His praise endures forever.

Footnotes:a.Psalm 111:1 The lines of this poem form an acrostic.
b.Psalm 111:10 Lit follow them

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Psalm 141

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 141

Protection from Sin and Sinners

A Davidic psalm.

1 Lord, I call on You; hurry to help me.
Listen to my voice when I call on You.
2 May my prayer be set before You as incense,
the raising of my hands as the evening offering.

3 Lord, set up a guard for my mouth;
keep watch at the door of my lips.
4 Do not let my heart turn to any evil thing
or perform wicked acts
with men who commit sin.
Do not let me feast on their delicacies.
5 Let the righteous one strike me—
it is an act of faithful love;
let him rebuke me—
it is oil for my head;
let me[a] not refuse it.
Even now my prayer is against
the evil acts of the wicked.[b]
6 When their rulers[c] will be thrown off
the sides of a cliff,
the people[d] will listen to my words,
for they are pleasing.

7 As when one plows and breaks up the soil,
turning up rocks,
so our[e] bones have been scattered
at the mouth of Sheol.

8 But my eyes look to You, Lord God.
I seek refuge in You; do not let me die.[f]
9 Protect me from[g] the trap they have set for me,
and from the snares of evildoers.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
while I pass by safely.

Footnotes:a.Psalm 141:5 Lit my head
b.Psalm 141:5 Lit of them
c.Psalm 141:6 Or judges
d.Psalm 141:6 Lit cliff, and they
e.Psalm 141:7 DSS reads my; some LXX mss, Syr read their
f.Psalm 141:8 Or not pour out my life
g.Psalm 141:9 Lit from the hands of

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Now, for our Slice of Wisdom (look at it a a rich muli-layered pastry without the calories!).....

Proverbs 21

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

21 A king’s heart is like streams of water in the Lord’s hand:
He directs it wherever He chooses.

2 All a man’s ways seem right to him,
but the Lord evaluates the motives.[a]

3 Doing what is righteous and just
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

4 The lamp[b] that guides the wicked—
haughty eyes and an arrogant heart —is sin.

5 The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit,
but anyone who is reckless certainly becomes poor.

6 Making a fortune through a lying tongue
is a vanishing mist,[c] a pursuit of death.[d][e]

7 The violence of the wicked sweeps them away
because they refuse to act justly.

8 A guilty man’s conduct is crooked,
but the behavior of the innocent is upright.

9 Better to live on the corner of a roof
than to share a house with a nagging wife.

10 A wicked person desires evil;
he has no consideration[f] for his neighbor.

11 When a mocker is punished,
the inexperienced become wiser;
when one teaches a wise man,
he acquires knowledge.

12 The Righteous One considers the house of the wicked;
He brings the wicked to ruin.

13 The one who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
will himself also call out and not be answered.

14 A secret gift soothes anger,
and a covert bribe,[g] fierce rage.

15 Justice executed is a joy to the righteous
but a terror to those who practice iniquity.

16 The man who strays from the way of wisdom
will come to rest
in the assembly of the departed spirits.

17 The one who loves pleasure will become a poor man;
whoever loves wine and oil will not get rich.

18 The wicked are a ransom for the righteous,
and the treacherous, for[h] the upright.

19 Better to live in a wilderness
than with a nagging and hot-tempered wife.

20 Precious treasure and oil are in the dwelling of a wise person,
but a foolish man consumes them.[i]

21 The one who pursues righteousness and faithful love
will find life, righteousness, and honor.

22 A wise person went up against a city of warriors
and brought down its secure fortress.

23 The one who guards his mouth and tongue
keeps himself out of trouble.

24 The proud and arrogant person, named “Mocker,”
acts with excessive pride.

25 A slacker’s craving will kill him
because his hands refuse to work.
26 He is filled with craving[j] all day long,
but the righteous give and don’t hold back.

27 The sacrifice of a wicked person is detestable—
how much more so
when he brings it with ulterior motives!

28 A lying witness will perish,
but the one who listens will speak successfully.

29 A wicked man puts on a bold face,
but the upright man considers his way.

30 No wisdom, no understanding, and no counsel
will prevail against the Lord.

31 A horse is prepared for the day of battle,
but victory comes from the Lord.

Footnotes:a.Proverbs 21:2 Lit Lord weighs the hearts
b.Proverbs 21:4 Some Hb mss, ancient versions read tillage
c.Proverbs 21:6 Or a breath blown away
d.Proverbs 21:6 Some Hb mss, LXX, Vg read a snare of death
e.Proverbs 21:6 Lit is vanity, ones seeking death
f.Proverbs 21:10 Or favor
g.Proverbs 21:14 Lit a bribe in the bosom
h.Proverbs 21:18 Or in place of
i.Proverbs 21:20 Lit it
j.Proverbs 21:26 Lit He craves a craving

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville Tennessee. All rights reserved.

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