Like the cold of snow [brought from the mountains] in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to those who send him; for he refreshes the life of his masters.
It is often difficult to find people you can really trust. A faithful employee ("messenger") is punctual, responsible, honest, and hardworking. This person is invaluable as he or she helps take some of the pressure off his or her employer. Find out what your employer needs from you to make his or her job easier, and do it.
16 Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.
You are the way, the truth, and the light, I move faith and not by sight for You. I thank You Lord for this day and this week You are setting up in advance for me. As I look to You, I give the cares of my heart, the concerns of my mind, and the burdens on my shoulders that You would help carry the weight of them for me. Lord, as I walk out today, I lift up my family and friends to You and ask Lord that You be with them and encourage them today. Help us all Lord to be more like You and to shine for You. Help me Lord to be the guy You called me to be. Help me Lord to be the helper You have called me to be. Help me to be the encourager that You have called me to be. So that Lord each day, the work that gets done is the work that makes the biggest impact and draws us all towards the final goal and plan. Lord, thank You for this day and may everything I say and everything I do bring You praise, honor, and glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
1 I WILL sing of mercy and loving-kindness and justice; to You, O Lord, will I sing.2 I will behave myself wisely and give heed to the blameless way–O when will You come to me? I will walk within my house in integrity and with a blameless heart.3 I will set no base or wicked thing before my eyes. I hate the work of them who turn aside [from the right path]; it shall not grasp hold of me.4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil person or thing.5 Whoso privily slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off [from me]; he who has a haughty look and a proud and arrogant heart I cannot and I will not tolerate.6 My eyes shall [look with favor] upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks blamelessly, he shall minister to me.7 He who works deceit shall not dwell in my house; he who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.8 Morning after morning I will root up all the wicked in the land, that I may eliminate all the evildoers from the city of the Lord.
1 DOES NOT skillful and godly Wisdom cry out, and understanding raise her voice [in contrast to the loose woman]?2 On the top of the heights beside the way, where the paths meet, stands Wisdom [skillful and godly];3 At the gates at the entrance of the town, at the coming in at the doors, she cries out:4 To you, O men, I call, and my voice is directed to the sons of men.5 O you simple and thoughtless ones, understand prudence; you [self-confident] fools, be of an understanding heart. 6 Hear, for I will speak excellent and princely things; and the opening of my lips shall be for right things.7 For my mouth shall utter truth, and wrongdoing is detestable and loathsome to my lips.8 All the words of my mouth are righteous (upright and in right standing with God); there is nothing contrary to truth or crooked in them.9 They are all plain to him who understands [and opens his heart], and right to those who find knowledge [and live by it].10 Receive my instruction in preference to [striving for] silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold,11 For skillful and godly Wisdom is better than rubies or pearls, and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. 12 I, Wisdom [from God], make prudence my dwelling, and I find out knowledge and discretion. 13 The reverent fear and worshipful awe of the Lord [includes] the hatred of evil; pride, arrogance, the evil way, and perverted and twisted speech I hate.14 I have counsel and sound knowledge, I have understanding, I have might and power.15 By me kings reign and rulers decree justice. 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges and governors of the earth.17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me. 18 Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation, and right standing with God). 19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than refined gold, and my increase than choice silver.20 I [Wisdom] walk in the way of righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation), in the midst of the paths of justice,21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit [true] riches and that I may fill their treasuries.22 The Lord formed and brought me [Wisdom] forth at the beginning of His way, before His acts of old.23 I [Wisdom] was inaugurated and ordained from everlasting, from the beginning, before ever the earth existed. 24 When there were no deeps, I was brought forth, when there were no fountains laden with water.25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth, 26 While as yet He had not made the land or the fields or the first of the dust of the earth.27 When He prepared the heavens, I [Wisdom] was there; when He drew a circle upon the face of the deep and stretched out the firmament over it,28 When He made firm the skies above, when He established the fountains of the deep,29 When He gave to the sea its limit and His decree that the waters should not transgress [across the boundaries set by] His command, when He appointed the foundations of the earth–30 Then I [Wisdom] was beside Him as a master and director of the work; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing before Him always, 31 Rejoicing in His inhabited earth and delighting in the sons of men. 32 Now therefore listen to me, O you sons; for blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are those who keep my ways. 33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not refuse or neglect it.34 Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.35 For whoever finds me [Wisdom] finds life and draws forth and obtains favor from the Lord.36 But he who misses me or sins against me wrongs and injures himself; all who hate me love and court death.