Proverbs 22:8 – “He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, and the rod of his anger will fail.” The idea of just retribution is significant. Jesus’ teaching on justice reflects the idea in this verse. A person who lives by violence is likely to die violently; a person who lives wickedly should not be surprised if he falls victim to crime.
Ecclesiastes 3:14, 15 – “I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him. That which is has already been, and what is to be has already been; and God requires an account of what is past.” God’s works have a durable quality to them. The “fear of God” in the bible refers to true piety, not terror.
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Psalm 9: 1, 2 – ” I will praise You. O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” “With my whole heart” – real praise is not half-hearted it involves our whole being. God is to be praised for His works and His name. His name represents who He is; His works stand for all He does. Most High is a designation for the Lord, especially as He rules the nations.
Psalm 3: 1-4: “LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me. Many are they who say to me, ‘there is no help in God.’ But you, O LORD, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the LORD with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill.” At this point in King David’s life his main adversary was his son Absalom and his friends who had turned against him and told David “even God would not help him.” The phrase, ‘but You oh LORD’ changes the mood of the psalm from dejection to confidence. When no one would help David, God was his shield. God was his glory and when on one would encourage David – God would encourage him and lift him up. God can lift us all up if we approach Him with a humble mind and a sincere heart.