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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Psalm Sunday

It's Psalm Sunday! Each Sunday I'll continue posting the next step of the Psalm Journey until it is completed. To read any Psalm in full, click the link on its name. Otherwise, I've provided one verse that stood out for one reason or another, and then do a brief reflection.

Psalm 56- "In God I trust; I am not afraid.
     What can a mere mortal do to me?" v. 11
This Psalm means a lot to me. I am often caught up in the fear of men, and I pray for deliverance. I cling to God and pray for growth; what else can I do?

Psalm 57- "I cry out to God Most High,
     to God who fulfills his purpose for me." v. 2
Wow God! Let me cling to you, live in you, my precious refuge! Let me stay in the shadow of your wings, O Beloved!

Psalm 58- "The righteous will rejoice when they see vengeance done;
    they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked." v. 10
My Bible says this is a "prayer for vengeance". I admit, when the Bible talks like this I get uncomfortable. I'm more of a "grace for all" kind of girl- but I also have a temper and a hatred of injustice, so who knows what might happen? But I know vengeance is the Lord's, and His alone. I leave it up to Him to decide what is right. I trust Him.

Psalm 59- "Do not kill them, or my people may forget,
     make them tottter by your power, and bring them down,
     O Lord, our shield" v. 11
This is an interesting verse, which shows forethought of how the Lord uses events around us and people we encounter to remind us of His glory. The psalmist doesn't ask God to refrain from killing his enemies for mercy sake, but so that in seeing a once powerful nation brought low the memory of God's intervention would last longer.

Psalm 60- "O grant us help against the foe, for human help is worthless." v. 11
What a wise verse.
This Psalm seems like a rallying battlecry.

Psalm 61- "From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is fain.
    lead me to the rock that is higher than I." v. 2
This seems to be a Psalm of the weary, ready to crawl into God's refuge and rest, the way we take to our beds  or our loved one's arms after an exhausting day. Selah! :)

Psalm 62- "Once God has spoken;
     twice have I heard this:
     that power belongs to God." v. 11
This Psalm exhorts us to put our trust in our wonderful God, who is never failing and never-changing.


Psalm 63- "for you have been my help,
     and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy." v. 7
I have long loved Psalm 63 and turned to it for comfort and encouragement. Love this one!

Psalm 64- "Then everyone will fear;
    they will tell what God has brought about,
    and ponder what he has done" v. 9
Fear of the Lord is the only fear we should have. The Lord rights a situation suddenly in this Psalm, which causes this reaction. We all should somberly fear and love him both, our refuge and joy.

Psalm 65- "the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy." v. 13
This is a prayer of thanksgiving for produce of the earth. God provides, and all can see His glory in nature's majesty.

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