Monday, February 13, 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 66- "Who rules by his might forever,
     whose eyes keep watch on the nations-
     let the rebellious not exalt themselves. Selah." v. 7
So often we laud rebels as if there is anything to be prideful about in that title. Sometimes we are called to challenge something, from a humble heart, that is wrong for righteousness sake. A lot of other times rebellion is simply Self getting its way. I think of how Moses was challenged in Numbers 16. Keep my heart humble to recognize your authority give to leaders, even when I have trouble seeing with mortal eyes.

Psalm 67- "let the peoples praise you, O God;
      let all the peoples praise you." v. 3
Yes, praise Him! Let us all rejoice for He is God!

Psalm 68- "Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation." v. 19
He is our salvation. In general this psalm lauds the physical temple and status as residence of the LORD in the OT times. But I tremble to think that God chose to dwell with us- and now with me. O holy God! How apt am I to forget to bless you! Have mercy on my foolish heart and bring me into a greater understanding of WHO YOU ARE!

Psalm 69- "They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink" v. 21
I am moved when I see Christ in places of the Bible he is not obvious. This is a psalm of David and mainly is about one who is being persecuted for waiting on the LORD, especially through cruelty and mocking. This vinegar reference is just a small nod to Christ, but it burned me. It is a reminder that in the sufferings of His people, Christ is there.

Psalm 70- "But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God!
     You are my help and my deliverer, O LORD do not delay" v. 5
I know the feeling!

Psalm 71- "Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress,
      to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress" v. 3
I pray like this a lot- I pray for God to come through in one way, then affirm that He is that. For example "save me, for you are my Savior". I think it is a bit of "I belief, but help my unbelief". Sometimes praying that He is who He says He is- our rock, our fortress, our refuge, our Savior, etc- helps our faith. This Psalm ends on a strong note, possibly because the psalmist reassured his soul with reiterating Truth.

Psalm 72- "The Prayers of David son of Jesse are ended" v. 20
This Psalm is attributed to Solomon. From that and this verse, I take it this was written by Solomon at the event of David's death. Seeing that gives this Psalm more context and meaning.

Psalm 73- "until I went into the sanctuary of God;
     then I perceived their end" v. 17
I've done Bible Study on this Psalm before. It's a real gem if you're struggling with "why do the wicked prosper?" The psalmist struggled with this until God revealed to him the Truth of this and he humbled his heart and his bitterness turned to praise.

Psalm 74- "Yet God, my King is from old, working salvation in the earth" v. 12
Bad things have happened, devastating this... yet.
God is True and good.

Psalm 75- "All the horns of the wicked I will cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted." v. 10
This brings in mind the apocalyptic symbols of horns. I won't go into all that complicatedness here, but I hold this close to my heart- He will cut off the horns of the wicked.

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