Proverbs 15:32, MSG: An undisciplined, self-willed life is puny; an obedient, God-willed life is spacious.
Psalm 50:3-6, MSG: Our God makes his entrance, he’s not shy in his coming. Starbursts of fireworks precede him. He summons heaven and earth as a jury, he’s taking his people to court: “Round up my saints who swore on the Bible their loyalty to me.” The whole cosmos attests to the fairness of this court, that here God is judge.
Psalm 50:17-22, MSG: You never answer the door when I call; you treat my words like garbage. If you find a thief, you make him your buddy; adulterers are your friends of choice. Your mouth drools filth; lying is a serious art form with you. You stab your own brother in the back, rip off your little sister. I kept a quiet patience while you did these things; you thought I went along with your game. I’m calling you on the carpet, now, laying your wickedness out in plain sight. “Time’s up for playing fast and loose with me. I’m ready to pass sentence, and there’s no help in sight!”
Psalm 50:23, MSG: “It’s the praising life that honors me. As soon as you set your foot on the Way, I’ll show you my salvation.”
Psalm 50:10-15, MSG: Every creature in the forest is mine, the wild animals on all the mountains. I know every mountain bird by name; the scampering field mice are my friends. If I get hungry, do you think I’d tell you? All creation and its bounty are mine. Do you think I feast on venison? Or drink draughts of goats’ blood? Spread for me a banquet of praise, serve High God a feast of kept promises, and call for help when you’re in trouble — I’ll help you, and you’ll honor me.