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Sunday, June 10, 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 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. 

Hey everybody! This week is Psalms 120-131

120- "I am for peace; but when I speak,
they are for war. " v 7

Jesus in His sermon on the mount talked about how the peacemakers are blessed. I bet the Psalmist would have liked to have heard that.

121- "I lift my eyes toward the mountains.
Where will my help come from? " v. 1

This is my mother's favorite Psalm. It is so lovely and reassuring! It shows God as our savior and protector, and it just encourages me.

122- "Jerusalem, built as a city should be,
solidly joined together, " v 3

This is a Psalm that talks about the peace and unity of Jerusalem. It makes me think about Revelations, where the saints are said to be the New Jerusalem herself, and of John 17 and many of the epistles where God's hart for our unity is clearly revealed. May we be more unified! Let us join together in love for you!

123- "Like a servant’s eyes on his master’s hand,
like a servant girl’s eyes on her mistress’s hand,
so our eyes are on the Lord our God
until He shows us favor. " v 2

Yes, God, let us be ever watchful of you... but not just until you show us favor, but always!

124- "If the Lord had not been on our side—
let Israel say—" v. 1

Oh, that we never know what will happen when God is not at our side, but let us stick to him like happy little burs!

125- "Jerusalem—the mountains surround her.
And the Lord surrounds His people,
both now and forever. " v 2

Yes, go before us, be beside us, and take up our rearguard. We need you.

126- "Though one goes along weeping,
carrying the bag of seed,
he will surely come back with shouts of joy,
carrying his sheaves." v 6

People! I am so excited! I see Jesus in this verse! He was the man of sorrows, carrying the bag of the seeds of our faith, of us. And He will come back with shouts of joy with His sheaves! Yes, let us each go down to the earth, die to Self, and come back with a hundred fold.

127- "Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the sons born in one’s youth." v 4

You know what is interesting? I never noticed before that "in one's youth" part.  I thought, "Huh. So what about sons born when the father is older?" Then it hit me that this is about military service. Because the next line has the father engaging with the enemy at the city gate. The father here, by having sons in his youth, is still young enough to also take up arms. So he will fight with his sons. Interesting.

128- "Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house,
your sons, like young olive trees
around your table. " v 3

This happens if the man fears the Lord, according to the Psalm. Ryan fears the Lord... haha...

129- "Then none who pass by will say,
“May the Lord’s blessing be on you.”
We bless you in the name of Yahweh." v 8

This struck me in that the psalmist (or those singing the Psalm) are distinguishing themselves from those they are talking about. It shows how they don't want anyone to be mistaken, and how they want to express good will towards any who hear.

130- "But with You there is forgiveness,
so that You may be revered. " v 4

Oh how awesome that this is true!!

131- "Lord, my heart is not proud;
my eyes are not haughty.
I do not get involved with things
too great or too difficult for me.
Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself
like a little weaned child with its mother;
I am like a little child. " v 1-2

I  included both verses because if you ever wondered what Jesus meant about having faith like a little child: this is it. I am going to pray this one now. Hope you enjoyed this weeks Psalms. Two more weeks to go!

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