“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” — Proverbs 22:6
17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply your heart to my knowledge;
18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; Let them all be fixed upon your lips,
19 So that your trust may be in the Lord; I have instructed you today, even you.
20 Have I not written to you excellent things Of counsels and knowledge,
21 That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth,
That you may answer words of truth To those who send to you?
— From Proverbs 22
Matthew Henry’s comments:
The advantage designed us by them. The excellent things which God has written to us are not like the commands which the master gives his servant, which are all intended for the benefit of the master, but like those which the master gives his scholar, which are all intended for the benefit of the scholar. These things must be kept by us, for they are written to us, (1.) That we may have a confidence in him and communion with him. That thy trust may be in the Lord, Prov. 22:19. We cannot trust in God except in the way of duty; we are therefore taught our duty, that we may have reason to trust in God. Nay, this is itself one great duty we are to learn, and a duty that is the foundation of all practical religion, to live a life of delight in God and dependence on him.
(2.) That we may have a satisfaction in our own judgment: “That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mayest know what is truth, mayest plainly distinguish between it and falsehood, and mayest know upon what grounds thou receivest and believest the truths of God.”
Note, [1.] It is a desirable thing to know, not only the words of truth, but the certainty of them, that our faith may be intelligent and rational, and may grow up to a full assurance. [2.] The way to know the certainty of the words of truth is to make conscience of our duty; for, if any man do his will, he shall know for certain that the doctrine is of God, John 7:17.
(3.) That we may be useful and serviceable to others for their instruction: “That thou mayest give a good account of the words of truth to those that send to thee to consult thee as an oracle,” or (as the margin reads it) “to those that send thee, that employ thee as an agent or ambassador in any business.” Knowledge is given us to do good with, that others may light their candle at our lamp, and that we may in our place serve our generation according to the will of God; and those who make conscience of keeping God’s commandments will be best able to give a reason of the hope that is in them.
“The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all.”
— Proverbs 22: 2
“He make some poor, to exercise their patience, and contentment, and dependence upon God, and others rich, to exercise their thankfulness and beneficence. Even the poor we have always with us; they shall never cease out of the land, nor the rich neither.
2. Notwithstanding the distance that is in many respects between rich and poor, yet in most things they meet together, especially before the Lord, who is the Maker of them all, and regards not the rich more than the poor, Job 34:19. Rich and poor meet together at the bar of God’s justice, all guilty before God, concluded under sin, and shapen in iniquity, the rich as much as the poor; and they meet at the throne of God’s grace; the poor are as welcome there as the rich. There is the same Christ, the same scripture, the same Spirit, the same covenant of promises, for them both. There is the same heaven for poor saints that there is for rich: Lazarus is in the bosom of Abraham. And there is the same hell for rich sinners that there is for poor. All stand upon the same level before God, as they do also in the grave. The small and great are there.”
There in the stillness right from the start
You were the ember that lit the dark
Over the heavens and galaxies
God, You were there singing over me
There in the silence and mystery
You were the constant that stayed with me
Never a moment that You withdrew
God, You were there when I need You
I was never on my own
I was never far from home
I was always in Your arms
You were there, You were there…
Oh, my soul sings
You are faithful
You are faithful
To the end
Let my heart sing
Because You know me
And You love me
To the end