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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Day Four, Psalm 4!

Welcome to day four! Today I think will be a read and meditate day. I'm doing this in the morning this time. That was the original plan, but I've been posting it at night instead because I get busy or whatnot. Hopefully from now on I'll get it up in the morning. 

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
         You have relieved me in
my distress;
         Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.


This totally fills me with peace reading this. I've definitely called on God in my distress before, and so even reading this fills me with the peace of His sure answer to those calls.
       
 How long, O you sons of men,
         
Will you turn my glory to shame?
         
How long will you love worthlessness
         
And seek falsehood?  Selah 
 But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly;
         The LORD will hear when I call to Him.


You know, I sometimes have trouble relating to the Psalmist when he rails against other people. But that's because I've never been hunted down by people trying to kill me. Thank you, God. I do of course get upset by people, they hurt my feelings or just infuriate me. But I usually rail to go, not to them. That is, I'd say, "God, how long will they turn my glory to shame? Will they always love worthlessness and seek falsehood?"  One compelling thing about the Psalms is that they are so personal, so expressive of what goes on in us. But we're not all the same and I'm anticipating that coming up as I go through this...

I love how even though David (this is a psalm of David) answers his own cries. The Lord does hear our cries, and He has set us apart for Himself. For Himself! Such a key phrase!
       
 Be angry, and do not sin.
         Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.  Selah 
 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness,
         And put your trust in the LORD.


 I always smile now when I hear "Be angry, and do not sin" because I've heard people I love dearly speak on that. It is also a reassuring verse for those of us who get angry: it is possible to be angry and not sin. Of course, I don't think it's particularly easy. I think David offers us advice on how to keep ourselves from sinning: by meditating in our hearts, on our beds, still. If we let ourselves be angry when we're faced with the one we're angry with, during the day,we're likely to be blow up.

Ooh, what an interesting phrase: the sacrifices of righteousness. I think of offering ourselves as living sacrifices.  Yes, yes, let us put our trust in Him!
        
 There are many who say,
         “Who will show us
any good?”
         LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
 You have put gladness in my heart,
         More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
         For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.


Oh wow. Those first three lines there: God, let us shine your light. Let the many see You, the only one who is good, the one who is only good.  Let the light of Your countenance shine out, and attract them. Save them. God, we all need saving.

You have put gladness in my heart! You are the bread of life, your precious blood the wine, and I feast on you.  You bring me to the place of rest, and give me peace beyond understanding. I love you, Lord, let us be together forever!

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