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The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him. Psalms 28:7 NKJV

Life is a continual journey of learning. That doesn't mean cracking the books and cramming for exams, but we have life experiences and, whether we are aware of it or not, carry away learnings, some good and bad. That's knowledge; wisdom consists of recognition, acceptance, and application. For example, if I accidentally slam the car door on my finger, my reaction would be "ouch!" followed by a bruised and possibly broken finger; that's knowledge. However, if I make the finger-car door connection, accept it was my doing, and ensure in the future that all digits are removed from slamming objects, that's wisdom.

The Psalmist David exhibits wisdom in this verse; he has made the connection. First, he recognized the Lord as his "strength and shield." Then, from that realization, he accepted it as truth; he trusted the Lord. (Sometimes, we may recognize things as true yet refuse to accept them.) Then, David follows with action–he does something with what he's learned and rejoices with song and praise.

All who have accepted the title of Christian have made that same connection. In our wisdom, we learn it doesn't need to be cause and effect; we don't need to wait to give God thanks until after he does something. But we thank God for all he has done, and in our wisdom, we know he will do it again. So, when we praise and worship him, it's not only for what he has done but also for what he's doing now and what he will do. By faith and wisdom, we proactively give God the glory.

God of grace, we praise and worship you for all you've done, are doing, and continue to do. Grant us the wisdom to see your connections in everything we do today. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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