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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Psalm Journey Continued!

It's been a while but I haven't forgotten! I hope you haven't either!

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 Psalm Journey' tab above. Below I've provided one verse that stood out for one reason or another, and then do a brief reflection on the psalm. 

Psalm 107- "he made the storm be still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed." v. 29
This is an awesome Psalm! The psalmist goes through different situations where humans are delivered by God: the lost, the sick, the imprisoned, those caught in storms, the thirsty, the oppressed. After each example he implores that we lavish thanks on the Lord and consider His steadfast love.

Psalm 108- "O grant us help against the foe, for human help is useless" v. 12
This is an interesting Psalm because it starts out a cheerful Psalm of praise and ends up a plea for God to go with Israel's army.

Psalm 109- "I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads." v. 25
This is a sad Psalm of David where David recounts some of the evil things people are saying against Him, and then prays these things will be true for those who speak them.

Psalm 110- "The Lord says to my lord, 'Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool" v. 1
I had to choose this verse because Jesus used it as an example of a verse that definitely was about Him! But I don't want to leave it at that: "Your people will offer themselves willingly on the day you lead your forces on the holy mountains. From the womb of the morning, like dew, your youth will come to you." v. 3 That's us! His youth, His children!

Psalm 111-"He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name." v. 9
I've done part of a study on covenant that I should be restarting today! Because of this study I see a lot in this Psalm's mention of God remembering his covenant.

Psalm 112- "Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes." v. 8
The key to this Psalm I think s in this verse, when it says 'in the end'.  Otherwise, this Psalm could be used to justified the prosperity gospel, but this verse is the key to a truthful interpretation of this Psalm.

Psalm 113- "He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the LORD!" v. 9
Yay! As a woman with polycystic ovarian syndrome, this just makes my heart happy. This is a joyous Psalm of praise.

Psalm 114- "Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the God of Jacob" v. 7
Yes, let us remember that He is Holy!

Psalm 115- "Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and faithfulness," v. 1
Yes, God. I want you to get all the glory, all the credit for the good stuff. Awesome.

Psalm 116- "For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling" v. 8
He is our deliverer. I love you, Lord!

Psalm 117- "Praise the LORD, all you nations! Extol him, all you people!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever
Praise the LORD!"
This is the shortest Psalm so I decided to include all of it. At only two verses, it is short, simple and to the point! 

Psalm 118- "The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the LORD's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes." v. 22, 23
I love this Psalm. I ended up chanting it to myself (and to God). Our God is so good and his love is steadfast; it endures forever!

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