Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man. Proverbs 3:3-4 NKJV
I love these verses and the video I found is just perfect. I dance and sing and praise God around the house and in church. Oh to be obedient and wear my love for Him around my neck for all the world to see. It’s my prayer that all who meet me see His love and mercy in me. It’s my prayer that unbelievers seek to fill the emptiness of their hearts with Jesus. I had a hole in my own heart, but no more. It is filled with the Holy Spirit. I am filled and fulfilled.
John MacArthur* wrote about verse 3:
The virtues of mercy (the Heb. word for lovingkindness and loyal love) and truth that come from God are to become part of us–outwardly in our behavior for all to see as an adornment of spiritual beauty, and inwardly as the subject of our meditation…Such inward and outward mercy and truth is evidence of New Covenant salvation…
I keep reading this part over and over again:
outwardly…our behavior…an adornment of spiritual beauty
inwardly…the subject of our meditation
Father, we come to You empty and You fill us with Your Spirit. May Your love and mercy pour through us and outwardly adorn us in spiritual beauty. May we internalize Your lovingkindness and meditate on it day and night. Lord, may we return the faithfulness You have for us by demonstrating it to the rest of the world. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
*MacArthur, John (1997). The MacArthur Study Bible, New King James version. Thomas Nelson, Inc. Nashville, TN.