By Wisdom A House Is Built

“By wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
And by knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.”
–Proverbs 24:3-4

So we see that wisdom is key in establishing a house and filling it with good things.

And yet we also are commanded,

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
–Matthew 6:19-21

So while wisdom is key in establishing a house and filling it with precious riches, the truly wise who fear the Lord above all else will also recognize that this earth’s riches will not last — true riches are the eternal, heavenly riches.

Likewise, Paul admonishes us that if we have been risen with Christ, we ought to seek those things which are above (the eternal, heavenly things), not things on the earth (Colossians 3:1-3).

Therefore, God, I pray that you would grant me Your true, eternal wisdom;

That You would establish my house with your precious riches — not the riches that this world offers, but those which will last to eternity —

That You indeed would help me to be a soul-winner, bringing in the harvest which You told us is plentiful and ripe;

That You would make me a Body-edifier, strengthening the Church which is Your Body for greater acts of service and love;

That You would help me to raise a family in Your good and perfect ways, eventually “training up children in the way they should go,” so that they might not depart from You, but follow You wholeheartedly and shine Your light to a dark and dying world.

For, after all, Lord, if it is by wisdom that a house is built and established, I ought also to recognize this very first precept:

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
— Proverbs 9:10

So, knowing the equivalence of Your fear and Your wisdom, may I fear You, God, giving You the reverence, respect, awe, and even dread that You deserve, as the One and Only Holy and Perfect God, who alone deserves the preeminence — the first place above all other things. May I humbly bow and submit to Your authority, and may Your wisdom guide my life in this New Year, according to Your continual kindness in Christ Jesus.

Thank You, Lord.

Amen.

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I Love My God

I love my God so much; He is so precious to me.
No matter what the circumstances that threaten me,
He is ever my strength, my warm embrace.

He loves me with a mother-like love – unconditional, ever-present.
Even if I stray, He is always willing to take me back.

He is the source of my joy, the only reason that I live.
Because of Him, I hope and praise Him exuberantly.

I wave my arms and dance with vigor;
My face is radiant because of all my God’s blessings and mercy.

He grants rest for my soul in the midst of the harshest turmoil.
I will never be ashamed when my feet are planted on His words.

I cannot contain my excitement;
I have to show it to the world.
They have to know the awesome God that I serve.

He is absolutely lovely.
Though I have not seen Him,
His face cheers my soul;
His hand draws me near;
His love beckons me to His side.

What can I say about my God?
His breath can unearth mountains,
His voice silences nations.
The world stood in silent anticipation in the beginning,
And even now all the world longs for Him to bring redemption.

Even I await His glorious finale.
All this life is His grand show,
Scripted out according to His masterful planning and ingenious mind.

Who could dare to argue with God?
Who could prove to know any better than He does?
Is the One who made the human brain not capable of understanding it?

He searches deep into my soul;
He sees my inmost thoughts and feelings,
My deepest desires and greatest fears.
He knows where I came from
And He knows where I will go.

He loved me before I came to be,
And it was His unfailing love that sent Him –
That drove Him – to the cross.
In pain, scorned, abandoned,
This most loving God of all
Was unloved.

I love my God so much.
I love Him because He loved me first;
Because He fought through all of His anguish,
Despising the shame but realizing that
There was a great hope He was achieving for us,
A hope that was worth pursuing,
Even in the face of the vilest death.

And my God is not a victim of death,
But indeed He is a victor.
He’s seated on high;
He rose from the tomb.
He’s who I’m counting on
When I feel weak and afraid,
For His power –
His death-defeating, dynamite power –
Is living and working in me,
Giving me strength that I need.

When I awake in the morning,
My heart belongs to God.
When I lay down to sleep,
His eyes watch over me.
My every step has been laid out
So that I might know Him more
And come to treasure Him for all He is.

I desire to know You even more deeply, God,
Because I have found Your love to be sweet.
Even Your punishment and chastisement
Serve ultimately to draw me closer to You.
So prune me, refine me in the fire,
Take out my impurities
And help me to become a godly man,
A reflection of Christ Himself,
A leader of confidence and humility,
Of peace and justice.

I want to be a man worthy of full respect –
Gracious, well-mannered, sober-minded,
Intelligent, gentle, bold, responsible, fearless;
One who’s whole life is devoted to loving God
With everything he has
And who likewise loves others
With whom he come in contact.

I want to be the kind of person
Who can lead a family;
Who can lead a band;
A hospitable person,
A caring person;
Someone who take care of the sick,
The imprisoned,
Widows,
Orphans,
And the oppressed.

I never want to have a tight grip
On my time, my money or my faith,
But I want to give generously
And help out wherever I can.

I want to have a heart like Yours, God,
And it is only through You that I can accomplish this.
Live through me and accomplish Your work.

Thank You. I love You so much.

Amen.