Monday, March 12, 2012
Psalm Journey Continued
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 96- "Sing to the LORD, bless his name, tell of his salvation from day to day." v.2
This Psalm is one of worship, an often quoted and much loved Psalm. I highlighted this verse because I thought how we should be daily witnesses not only of God's redemptive salvation but also in how day to day He saves us in the little ways.
Psalm 97- "The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory." v. 6
This Psalm of God's Might Righteousness ascribes God the proper glory. It reaffirms what Romans 1 says about how all people have witnessed God and are without excuse.
Psalm 98- "Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy" v. 8
This is a joyful hymn of praise for God and His Creation, and how God will come to deliver us.
Psalm 99- "Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called on his name. They cried to the LORD and he answered them" v. 6
I love how this Psalm is lauding God's holiness, but says how these men, mere mortals, cried to God and He answered them. A Holy God! Praise Him!
Psalm 100- "Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name" v. 4
Is there another Psalm where every line is iconic? Yes, probably. But I was amazed how familiar I was with this classic Psalm.
Psalm 101- "Morning by morning I will destroy all the wicked in this land, cutting off all evildoers from the city of the LORD" v. 8
This Psalm is attributed to David. Yet as I read it I feel sad as I think of his son Abimelech and how David did nto intervene despite this Psalm's pledge.
Psalm 102- "Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet unborn may praise the LORD" v. 18
And it was! And we are that unborn generation that praises God along with the Psalmist.
Psalm 103- "The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love" v. 8
I love this Psalm!! It is a listing of a few of the amazing character attributes of God. It is a Psalm to persue and know Him better.
Psalm 104- "May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD" v. 34
This Psalm talks about how God provided creation in all of its wonder, and how all creation looks to Him, for He is its source and Hope.
Psalm 105- "For I remembered his holy promise, and Abraham, his servant" v. 42
This is a Psalm for the people to remember what God has done with Israel.
Psalm 106- "They exchanged the glory of God for the image of an ox that eats grass" v. 20
This is another historical recounting Psalm- but this one focuses on the nation of Israel's unworthiness and blatant sin... and yet God was with them. Hope for us all!
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