Sunday, February 19, 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 on its name. To read other Psalm Sunday posts, click the button to the left. Below I've provided one verse that stood out for one reason or another, and then do a brief reflection on the psalm. 

Psalm 76- "Glorious are you, more majestic than the everlasting mountains" v. 4
Glorious indeed! May the hearts of all people from you, O my God! 

Psalm 77-"Will the Lord spurn forever, and never again be favorable?" v.7
This recalls my heart to a time in my life when I believed the Lord has removed intimacy from our relationship because of my sin and unfaithfulness. I tried and tried to regain the intimacy of my youth, when I had sought him upon my bed and in the Holy Bible, but He seemed to hide from me. Then a friend came and showed me His ever faithful and I need not try but instead to abide. Nothing I can do creates the intimacy- when I tried under my own power, I didn't find Him because it only through His power I can approach the most Holy God. It is not anything that I did which enabled me to garner friendship with Him, but instead what He did at the cross for me. When I focused not on earning His favor but instead seeking Him and the love with which to gain Him that I fell in love with Him. And I was not restored to the intimacy of my youth, but instead introduced to a greater intimacy and love than I had ever known.

Psalm 78- "Yet he, being compassionate, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them; often he restrained his anger, and did not stir up all his wrath." v. 38
This Psalm tells of the history of the people of Israel's rebellion and God's reaction. It shows the injustice of faithlessness towards our glorious King, worthy to be praised. Humble my heart, O God, and show me how to serve you best. I am in your hands, as I always was, but willingly. Destroy me, lift me up, whatever. The choice is yours, as it always was, and You are ever just.

Psalm 79- "Then we your people, the flock of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever, from generation to generation we recount your praise." v.13
Let us lift up a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, dear sweet One, Worthy One!

Psalm 80- "Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved" v. 19
My heart sings for the lost, that they may know you, that there would be True purpose to their existance. You alone are the Alpha and Omega.

Psalm 81- "In distress you called, and I rescued you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah" v. 7
He tested and Israel was found wanting; God was found holy.

Psalm 82- "They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk around in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken" v. 5
This is an interesting Psalm which requires further study. This verse, however, well feel I am a "they" in this, maybe. Seeking God.

Psalm 83- "Let them know that you alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth" v. 18
Rests in you.

Psalm 84- "Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young at your altar, O LORD of hosts, our King and my God" v. 3What an interesting picture! I never thought of birds nesting in the temple! (btw, v. 10 is one of my favorite songs!)

Psalm 85- "Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people and his faithful, those who turn to him in their hearts" v. 8
O heart in me, be ever toward the LORD our God! May He speak peace to us, and whisper His blessing.

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