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Monday, August 6, 2012

Psalm Sunday

This is it! The last week! 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 141- "Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
    keep watch over the door of my lips" v.3

What a wise verse and a great way to start out this week!

Psalm 142- "I cry aloud to the Lord;
    I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy" v. 1

This psalm is the proper reaction in times of struggle-- crying out to the Lord.

Psalm 143- "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, 
    for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to you I entrust my life." v. 8

I've felt this way on several recent mornings. I have failed my magnificent Lord, worthy of perfection, and I am crushed... and need him all the more.

Psalm 144- "Lord, what are human beings that you care for them,
    mere mortals that you think of them?" v.3

Earlier this week I was dwelling on this, on who I am to God, as part of a Bible Study!

Psalm 145- "The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever." v.20-21

I love how the psalmist shows his God given desire that none should die. He encourages all to praise the Lord, to love Him.

Psalm 146- "The Lord watches over the foreigner 
    and sustains the fatherless and the widow, 
    but he frustrates the ways of the wicked." v.9

This verse shows God's mercy and holiness, side by side. Some people want God to be fuzzy and harmless, saying a loving God will not destroy anyone. But those who say that do not understand God's holiness.

Psalm 147- "Great is our Lord and mighty in power; 
    his understanding has no limit. " v.5

This verse was the memory verse for the Vacation Bible School I volunteered at this summer. Did you know I did that?
Psalm 148- "young men and women, old men and children. Let them praise the name of the Lord for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens." v.12-13

Yes, let Him be praised! This Psalm lists lots of classifications of people and other creatures, beyond just the ones listed here, urging their praise of God.

Psalm 149- "May the praise of God be in their mouths 
    and a double-edged sword in their hands, " v.6

I love this! The sword of the spirit is the Word of God, and I picture warriors of God waging spiritual battle.

Psalm 150- "praise him with timbrel and dancing, 
    praise him with the strings and pipe," v.4

I danced. :) 

Thank you for joining me on my Psalm journey. I hope it encouraged someone else as well!


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