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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

Proverbs Concerning: Our Relationship To God’s Word:  Prov 3:1-4 

1) My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

2) For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

3) Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

4) So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.



In chapters 1 and 2, Solomon has emphasized the importance of these proverbs for daily living.  Now Solomon will unveil proverbs concerning different aspects of life.  Solomon begins by sharing proverbs that address our relationship to God’s Word…


1) My son,
Once again, Solomon is addressing us as a loving teacher who is sharing these proverbs to younger students for their benefit.

forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
1.  we are not to misplace God’s standard of morality
2.  we are to sincerely desire to guard and protect the responsibilities He has given to us.
His Word is to be consistently applied to our lives throughout our lifetime.

And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.  My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.”   (Psalms 119:47-48)


2) For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
When we live according to His Words…
1.  days of long length – days in which much can be accomplished for Christ.
2.  a life filled with many years – a long physical life on earth (by treating others well and living moral lawful lives)  and eternal life with the Lord (by coming to faith in Christ and receiving eternal rewards for obedience to Him)
3.  peace, harmony, prosperity during physical life.
His Word will reap blessings upon us both now and in eternity.

“Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.  What man [is he that] desireth life, [and] loveth [many] days, that he may see good?  Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.  Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.”   (Psalms 34:11-14)


3) Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
1.  Two main themes of His Word, sacrificial kindness and reliable knowledge, should not be loosened from us
2.  We are to tie them securely to us, not allowing them to slip away
3.  And we are to permanently etch them on our desires so they will be exhibited in our actions
His Word is to be permanently incorporated into our beings, by making them a part of our desires.  This will then cause us to naturally treat others mercifully and apply the truths of the Word to our actions.

All the paths of the LORD [are] mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. (Psalms 25:10)


4) So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
1.  By living merciful lives based upon His truths we will be pleasant and desirable, as well as intelligent and successful.
2.  In all of this we will find approval in the eyes of God and man.
By living according to the principles of His Word results in pleasing lives acceptable to both God and man.

But if thy brother be grieved with [thy] meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.  Let not then your good be evil spoken of:  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  For he that in these things serveth Christ [is] acceptable to God, and approved of men.”   (Romans 14:14-18)


May we have a right relationship with the Word.  The Proverbs are God’s Word given to us to be held secure within our minds (mental knowledge) and hearts (etching them upon our desires).   By doing this, God’s Word will become a natural part of our everyday decision making and lifestyle.  When this takes place, we will treat others mercifully and submit ourselves to the will of our Lord.

May we all seek the Lord’s enabling grace to possess a right relationship with God’s Word.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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  2. terry1954 says:

    what a beautiful proverb. thank you Rob for sharing

  3. Debbie says:

    I just keep being blessed as you do this study, Pastor Rob. So comforting and encouraging to know what all His Word does for us and within us, as we delight in it and in Him. God bless you and thanks!

  4. For some reason I seem to get your post twice, but under a different “heading” or title…which is fine! I always read them as if the first :-).

    Etching them on our heart…

    Yes! Loved the imagery! “To My Child, with Love, Abba”

    Blessings to you brother.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      I post the original lesson every morning at about 5:00AM. Then I take one main point from the posting… emphasize it and include a link to the original posting in the evening (about 7:00). That way it appears on all the social feeds (facebook, twitter, google+ etc etc etc) twice a day. It seems to increase my hits a bit. It think it is because some people who aren’t on the computer in the morning would miss the posting, but since it appears in the evening as well, it serves as a reminder for them that the posting is out there. Sorry for any inconvenience. Lord bless.

  5. Those in Old testament times were so often reminded of the importance of knowing and holding true to the Word of God and told of the enormous benefits of doing so.
    Today, we experience those blessings as we study, meditate on, memorise and apply those truths in our daily living. The Word is indeed our “food” and our guide and as we read, we know Holy Spirit’s work in giving us understanding and convicting us. What a privilege!

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