Super Psalms & Promising Proverbs

David and Solomon.  Solomon and David.  What a combination!  Between David and his Psalms, and Solomon and his Proverbs, I just have to shake my head and say WOW!  Both were wise, both could write like nobody’s business, and both were kings no less.  Both, however, were human, and therefore experienced failure along the way.

Successes and failures are universal to most people, including teachers. Amen?

I love this quote by Winston Churchill…

Many of us will experience a combination of success and failure.  Therefore, we should know how to handle each.  We don’t want success to go to our head and failure to go to our heart.  Neither is a good idea. Ever.  Unfortunately, they’re fairly automatic responses for foolish folk.

I myself, have tweaked, tweaked, and tweaked some more(!) new content I’ve been assigned this year.  It’s been frustrating trying to figure out what works best for my students.  At the same time, I’m kind of like an electrical load exceeding its available electrical power as I have begun teaching a GED class at the local college three nights a week.

All of this at the same time kind of makes me want to throw a pity party as success doesn’t seem like it is around the corner. However, I know that I know from experience it could be worse, so I’m refusing to allow what looks to be failure make its path to my heart!  Likewise, when I figure it all out, I won’t let it go to my head.  I will be thankful God helped me succeed instead. 🙂

So now let’s address the question at hand:  how do we navigate our way though failure and success?  Yep, you guessed it, in Psalms and Proverbs. David and Solomon. Two men God used to guide us through the ups and downs of life.  Here is a chapter from each book.  Please take, no make, the time to read each one even if it’s not at the same sitting.  Failure and success are addressed in both!

Psalm 118 New King James Version (NKJV)

Praise to God for His Everlasting Mercy

118 Oh, (teachers) give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.

Let Israel (teachers) now say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron (school teachers) now say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
Let those (teachers) who fear the Lord now say,
“His mercy endures forever.”

I called on the Lord in distress;
The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.
The Lord is on my side;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
The Lord is for me among those who help me;
Therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me.
It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the Lord
Than to put confidence in princes.

10 All nations surrounded me,
But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
11 They surrounded me,
Yes, they surrounded me;
But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
12 They surrounded me like bees;
They were quenched like a fire of thorns;
For in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.
13 You pushed me violently, that I might fall,
But the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.

15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation
Is in the tents of the righteous (teachers);
The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted;
The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.
17 I shall not die, but live,
And declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord has chastened me severely,
But He has not given me over to death.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness;
I will go through them,
And I will praise the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord,
Through which the righteous shall enter.

21 I will praise You,
For You have answered me,
And have become my salvation.

22 The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone.
23 This was the Lord’s doing;
It is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save now, I pray, O Lord;
Lord, I pray, send now prosperity.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
We have blessed you from the house of the Lord.
27 God is the Lord,
And He has given us light;
Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise You;
You are my God, I will exalt You.

29 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.

Proverbs 3

My son (teacher), do not forget my law,
But let your heart keep my commands;
For length of days and long life
And peace they will add to you.
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh,
And strength to your bones.
Honor the Lord with your possessions,
And with the firstfruits of all your increase;
10 So your barns will be filled with plenty,
And your vats will overflow with new wine.
11 My son (teacher), do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
Nor detest His correction;
12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects,
Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
13 Happy is the man (teacher) who finds wisdom,
And the man (teacher) who gains understanding;
14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver,
And her gain than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies,
And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand,
In her left hand riches and honor.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
And all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who retain her.
19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding He established the heavens;
20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up,
And clouds drop down the dew.
21 My son (teacher), let them not depart from your eyes—
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
22 So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck.
23 Then you will walk safely in your way,
And your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
26 For the Lord will be your confidence,
And will keep your foot from being caught.
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in the power of your hand to do so.
28 Do not say to your neighbor,
“Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,
When you have it with you.
29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor,
For he dwells by you for safety’s sake.
30 Do not strive with a man without cause,
If he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy the oppressor,
And choose none of his ways;
32 For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord,
But His secret counsel is with the upright.
33 The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked,
But He blesses the home of the just.
34 Surely He scorns the scornful,
But gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise shall inherit glory,
But shame shall be the legacy of fools.

Wise teachers overcome failure, and wise teachers acknowledge that all success belongs to Him because He is directing our path.  Amen and amen. Thank you, Lord!

God bless you in your classrooms this week, dear teachers.  Until next week, stay devoted.

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