Tuesday, June 14
Proverbs 31:31 "Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise."
“Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”(KJV) When this Proverb was first penned, it probably was culturally shocking in its citation. Eerdmans Commentary states, “Solomon’s address to men in general: Give her the praises which she so richly merits…in public places.”
Does it seem hard for you to accept praise? Why or why not?
I’d like to also address this metaphorically. The reference to “the gates” is a reference to the public arena. Christ wants us as His prized possession, His Church to be conformed to His image. He wants the world to see His glory upon us. When that is done, society, will praise her and her reward will be God’s Kingdom at work in the hearts of mankind. Psalm 24:7-10 says, “7Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 8Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. 9Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 10Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.” (KJV)
The Messages says it like this, “7 Wake up, you sleepyhead city! Wake up, you sleepyhead people! King-Glory is ready to enter. 8 Who is this King-Glory? God, armed and battle-ready. 9 Wake up, you sleepyhead city! Wake up, you sleepyhead people! King-Glory is ready to enter. 10 Who is this King-Glory? God-of-the-Angel-Armies: he is King-Glory.”
If possible, find a resource, like a Strong’s Exhaustive Bible Concordance, hardcopy or by internet or go to http://www.biblegateway.com or www.youversion.com or www.biblos.com and reference scriptures relating to the word ‘reward’.
What are some rewards you are believing for?