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14 October 2021

Proverbs 23:19-21

Listen, my son, and be wise,
    and set your heart on the right path:
20 Do not join those who drink too much wine
    or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
    and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Be not among – that is, do not be as one of them. Be wise and direct your heart; do not follow your heart. Do you want to be your own decision maker? Then be it now while you can. Choose to follow the way of righteousness now. For once you choose to be among the drunkards and gluttons, you will find your will to choose gone. Drunkards do not choose to remain drunkards. They do not choose to lose their willpower and destroy all their relationships. They do not choose to be fired and to end up sick on the street. The same holds true for gluttons. They do not choose to keep eating and destroy their health. They do not choose to be sated with food or other forms of pleasure. They cannot give up what they thought they would not want to give up. They find themselves slaves to what they thought was serving them.

Be wise now. Direct your heart now. Choose now while you still can.

 

Psalm 84

How lovely is your dwelling place,
    Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints,
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh cry out
    for the living God.
Even the sparrow has found a home,
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
    Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
    they are ever praising you.[c]

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
    whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
    they make it a place of springs;
    the autumn rains also cover it with pools.[d]
They go from strength to strength,
    till each appears before God in Zion.

Hear my prayer, Lord God Almighty;
    listen to me, God of Jacob.
Look on our shield,[e] O God;
    look with favor on your anointed one.

10 Better is one day in your courts
    than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
    than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
    the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
    from those whose walk is blameless.

12 Lord Almighty,
    blessed is the one who trusts in you.