Monday, January 30, 2012

Psalm Sunday

I'm bringing back my Psalm Journey today.

Tomorrow I'm starting a Bible in 90 days challenge. As it approached, I realized it seemed right to finish what I'd started with the Psalm Journey first. But I thought, "I was supposed to blog about them... if I try to blog about all those Psalms all in one week that'd be nuts."

Then it occurred to me I didn't have to do actually publish all the posts this week! And so from now on I shall have Psalm Sundays (until I finish.)

I'm picking up where I left off and will do ten today. If you would like to read the whole Psalm, click on the Psalm heading. Otherwise I decided to pick a verse from each that stood out, and then share a short reflection.

Psalm 46- "God is our refuge & strength, a very present help in trouble" v. 1
I love this Psalm. It speaks such peace to my soul. He is our refuge!

Psalm 47- "For God is king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm." v. 7
A great Psalm to sing aloud. Dance around your living room. Proclaim His praises!

Psalm 48- "that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will be our guide forever." v. 14
This is a deep Psalm. I think you can see a lot of this Psalm reflected back in Revelations.

Psalm 49- "Do not be afraid when some become rich, when the wealth of their houses increases." v. 16
This is a somber Psalm. The verse above resonates with me because as a poor person, I get overwhelmed with the influence of the wealthy at times. This Psalm is about the equality of all humans, our sheer mortality and how God is the only salvation from Hell.

Psalm 50- "Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me; to those that go the right way I will show the salvation of God" v. 23
O Lord, humble me and give me a grateful heart. Remind my dull and forgetful brain to give thanks always and everywhere! You are so amazing God. Thank you.

Psalm 51- "Do not case me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me." v. 11
That verse always shakes me. I know Jesus came so that we may never be cast from God's presence and He shall be with us always... but this is a solemn reminder of the worst that could ever happen to anyone. Oh, God, I love you so! This Psalm is a righteous Psalm of repentance. Help all my repentance to be true, may nothing ever separate us, my love.

Psalm 52- "You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue" v. 4
David wrote this Psalm in a specific situation, but is basically contrasting one who "love[s] evil more than good" with one who "trust[s] in the steadfast love of God." Help me not to be the former, Lord, keep my tongue from devouring but instead bind it with the work of building up. I know I need help in this category.

Psalm 53- "They have all fallen away, they all alike are perverse; there is no one who does good, no, not one." v. 3
This Psalm reflects on human falleness and our need for deliverance from "great terror". May we all recognize our need for Him.

Psalm 54- "But surely, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life." v. 4
This simple Psalm seems to be a heartfelt prayer in which I sense the Lord's stability.

Psalm 55- "It is not enemies who taunt me-
  I could bear that;
  it is not adversareis who deal insolently with me-
  I could hide from them." v. 12
This is a Psalm about relying on God during the throes of being betrayed. How well my heart cries out at this reading. Peace, O heart, for your friend Jesus will never leave you or betray you. Trust in Him, He is the only unmoving rock.

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