Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Weekly Psalm Journey

Okay, so it's been a little more than a week. I've not really been able to get online much the last few days, and when I have I've decided the Psalms can wait one more day... then another...

So here are my reflections on Psalms 37 through 45.  And if you'd like to reflect along with me, add yours below!

Psalm 37-This psalm offers a lot of wisdom: the brevity of man's life, to take delight in the Lord, to commit our way to Him and He'll vindicate us (let God fight our battles for us, don't insist upon your 'rights'), to be still and wait for Him, refrain from anger and worry because they lead to evil, the day of judgment is coming, it's better to be poor and righteous than rich and wicked, to be generous, that if you hold onto the Lord you might stumble but you won't fall, God will not forsake those seeking Him, hope in and obey God and He'll exalt you, God delivers the righteous... all this and more in this little Psalm. It's jam packed.

Psalm 38- In the mood I was in when I read this psalm, it portrayed just how I felt. In it the psalmist laments at his weak and desperate sake, and how he is waiting on the Lord and pleads to not be forsaken. I identified with it so strongly then. I was feel desperate and was waiting for God to come through. And he did.

Psalm 39- Again I really identified with this psalm. I was feeling very anguished in my spirit, very convicted of my sins and weaknesses.  And again, I declared that I was waiting on Him.

Psalm 40- A few years ago, someone pointed out this Psalm as being important in my life, that God makes this true in my life:
I waited patiently for the LORD;
   he turned to me and heard my cry. 

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
   out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
   and gave me a firm place to stand.

And I believe, and I pray through this psalm and it is precious and reverent to me.

Psalm 41- Pondering this one. I can see where Jesus quoted it; I can also see David's voice distinctly. The Bible is such a fascinating, living book.

Psalm 42- I sang this one. :) This one is the first Psalm of 'book two' of the Psalms. Did you know there was more than one book? I didn't.  This psalm (and remember they're all songs) has a noticeable refrain.  This is also the Psalm that says "as deer pants for streams of water so my soul thirsts for the Lord".

Psalm 43- Guess what? Since I sang the Psalm before, it was easy for me to see that Psalm 42 shares the same refrain. The notes say some ancient sources combine them.  It's from this psalm that my friend Lydia and I wrote a song a few years ago, based on verse 4 "And I will go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy, and I will praise Him, I will praise Him with harp, Oh God, my God, my exceeding joy!"

Psalm 44- Hmm. I found this Psalm interesting, because the psalmist claims, on behalf of the nation of Israel, that they've been faithful to the covenant with their forefathers, but they're being crushed anyway because God has forgotten to be their God, and they cry out "Awake!"... yeah, I don't buy that. I mean, bad stuff does happen to 'good' people, that's not what I'm objecting too, but none of us are perfect. None of us could perfectly carry out the Mosaic covenant. But still, I identify with the feelings, I get where it comes from, and often the Psalms are about honest emotion.

Psalm 45- The notes about this psalm say it's a wedding song. As they describe the magnificent king groom, my heart can't help but cry 'My Jesus!' with love.

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