Red Flowers

This week, I though I would just share some scripture again. It is calming during these torrential, harrowing and trepidatious times. We never saw the coronavirus encroaching upon us and we never anticipated that it would endure this long. Remember? In the beginning, quarantine was simply supposed to last for two weeks. Now, we are approaching the anniversary of when this trial affected everyone in the United States; except the military perhaps… and medical personnel.

First, I would like to share Psalm 45:1-17 NASB.

My heart is moved with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are the most handsome of the sons of mankind;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Strap Your sword on Your thigh, Mighty One,
In Your splendor and majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth, humility, and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, God, is forever and ever;
The scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of justice.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your companions.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh, aloes, and cassia;
From ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You joyful.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble women;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.

Listen, daughter, look and incline your ear:
Forget your people and your father’s house;
Then the King will crave your beauty.
Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him.
The daughter of Tyre will come with a gift;
The wealthy among the people will seek your favor.

The King’s daughter is all glorious within;
Her clothing is interwoven with gold.
She will be brought to the King in colorful garments;
The virgins, her companions who follow her,
Will be brought to You.
They will be brought with joy and rejoicing;
They will enter into the King’s palace.

In place of your fathers will be your sons;
You shall make them princes in all the earth.
I will make Your name known among all generations;
Therefore the peoples will praise You forever and ever.

Proverbs 18:10-15 (NASB) reminds us of our security in the Lord.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous runs into it and is safe.
A rich person’s wealth is his strong city,
And like a high wall in his own imagination.
Before destruction the heart of a person is haughty,
But humility goes before honor.
One who gives an answer before he hears,
It is foolishness and shame to him.
The spirit of a person can endure his sickness,
But as for a broken spirit, who can endure it?
The mind of the discerning acquires knowledge,
And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.

Psalm 73:1-28 tells us that the Lord is our Refuge.

God certainly is good to Israel,
To those who are pure in heart!
But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling,
My steps had almost slipped.
For I was envious of the arrogant
As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
For there are no pains in their death,
And their belly is fat.
They are not in trouble like other people,
Nor are they tormented together with the rest of mankind.
Therefore arrogance is their necklace;
The garment of violence covers them.
Their eye bulges from fatness;
The imaginations of their heart overflow.
They mock and wickedly speak of oppression;
They speak from on high.
They have set their mouth against the heavens,
And their tongue parades through the earth.

Therefore his people return here,
And abundant waters are drunk by them.
They say, “How does God know?
And is there knowledge with the Most High?”
Behold, these are the wicked;
And always at ease, they have increased in wealth.
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure
And washed my hands in innocence;
For I have been stricken all day long,
And punished every morning.

If I had said, “I will speak this way,”
Behold, I would have betrayed the generation of Your children.
When I thought of understanding this,
It was troublesome in my sight
Until I entered the sanctuary of God;
Then I perceived their end.
You indeed put them on slippery ground;
You dropped them into ruin.
How they are destroyed in a moment!
They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!
Like a dream when one awakes,
Lord, when stirred, You will despise their image.

When my heart was embittered
And I was pierced within,
Then I was stupid and ignorant;
I was like an animal before You.
Nevertheless I am continually with You;
You have taken hold of my right hand.
You will guide me with Your plan,
And afterward receive me to glory.

Whom do I have in heaven but You?
And with You, I desire nothing on earth.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
For, behold, those who are far from You will perish;
You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You.
But as for me, the nearness of God is good for me;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
So that I may tell of all Your works.

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