Monday, September 25, 2017

Psalm 101

Summary: David (hey I know that guy) wants to show his loyalty to God through his integrity. To that end, he promises is associate and do business only with people of integrity; as king, he also promises to do away with those who cheat.

Response: On the one hand, having no sleaze or corruption in a country would be grand if not unheard of in today's society. On the other hand, the penalty seems a bit excessive, even given how the crime distorts so much about public service and even given that this is David's personal feelings, which he's entitled to. I mean, imprison them, take their position and influence away, root out corruption, but it doesn't have to get that bloody, does it?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Psalm 100

Summary: We praise God for a bunch of reasons: He is Creator, Shepherd, a great Giver, Shelter, ever loving and ever faithful.

Response: Definitely a long, varied, and true list. God will guide and provide always. Help me to see that, and help my church in transition to see that as well.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Psalm 99

Summary: God is shown as King above all others, be they kings of other nations, the Law itself, or even heroes of the faith.

Response: I'm trying to come up with something thought provoking or clever but I'm not feeling great. Lord, please be King of my body and help me to feel better.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Psalm 98

Summary: The psalmist calls on God's people to constantly find new ways to praise God. God, after all, is always finding new ways to bless and deliver us. It is just as right for instruments to give Him thanks as for creation itself to cry out to Him.

Response: There are so many things that are out of my hands that worry me and drag me down. There are several things I do have control over that make me feel the same way. But Lord, keep me thinking of Your blessings, that I might continually praise You.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Psalm 97

Summary: The psalmist again urges everyone to praise God. He is a ruler so powerful that creation itself bends to His will. He is a ruler so righteous that those who follow Him consider it joy.

Response: God, help me to trust in Your power. Help me to find and keep joy in doing Your will.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Psalm 96

Summary: The psalmist urges everyone to praise God. He delivers daily; He is real, unlike other 'gods;' He is Creator and full of majesty. We should give him credit for this, acknowledging His power and finding joy in it.

Response: Between devotions, circumstances, and the music I've heard this week, it's been a theme that God is in control, even if it feels more like its inverse: I am not in control of the big picture. But I still have a choice, and I pray that it would be to find joy in that and all circumstances.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Psalm 95

Summary: God is shown as Creator and Ruler, worthy of all praise, but this comes with a warning. God reminds the reader/listener that He cannot abide sin and their ancestors have seen the consequences of it firsthand.

Response: I feel for God a little bit here, like a tug-of war from kindergarteners: they will sometimes keep breaking the rules and seem surprised when I have to deal consequences. So I feel like I need to work on anger at work, sure. But I am certainly guilty of that same side myself, and I'd say it's mostly about time. I waste a lot of time, on phone and computer games and sites that really are just time wasters. There's this concept of abnegation (like checking out) that can be a reason to play games, but is also what we fight against as followers of Jesus. So the fight continues, I suppose.