Summary: David is being persecuted and wants God to save him.
Response: No smiting, so that's nice. I have a hard time relating to this one at the moment. I have a good group of people that hold me up. Perhaps I'm too comfortable?
[I did Ps. 140 a while back on mistake. --Ed.]
Summary: David wants God to hear him and, through the advice of the godly, keep him from straying out of God's path. The wicked, though, he's just fine with the smiting.
Response: Nine more Psalms. How many of those will feature David wanting his enemies to die die die?
That aside, I know I've been saved a lot of extra heartache when I do actually listen to the advice of those God has placed in my life.
[really disappointed it took me 140 tries to think of the pun "Psummary" for the Psalms --Ed.]
Summary: David is in awe of the limitlessness of God. He knows all about us, follows us everywhere, sees all we do, was there from the very very beginning of our existence... and loves us anyway. (Also some of the usual 'smite the haterz' stuf.)
Response: Wasn't aware of that last bit. Still, this is like number two on the list of 'you know this, right' Psalms. And yet, letting that sink in can get me nearly every time.
Summary: David gives God praise for His love and protection, in public as he urges others of all classes to do.
Response: It's probably such a small detail as not to be noticed, but David here changes from sounding an attack ("God, smite those guys") to claiming defense ("God will take care of those guys"). I feel like that requires a change in heart. Yay David. And I know God protects me, which is good, because this week is a busy one. Here we go!
Summary: Stuck in captivity, the psalmist is doing his best to remember Jerusalem, how it was, and how it was taken from Israel.
Response: I easily get the sorrow and thirst for revenge, but it just feels like it isn't my fight. Lord, help me to see through others' eyes, that I might lessen pain and not add to it.
Summary: For a great many acts (including making the world, providing for each need, and the entire Exodus and Israelite settlement stories), the psalmist proclaims that God's love endures forever.
Response: I can see how Chris Tomlin could easily write a song from this. And yet, there's something in the structure here. The psalm seems to last forever, as if to illustrate the point. Like, God's been here through all of that. He didn't get too old or hurt or even bored to quit, and He won't quit on you.
Summary: The psalmist calls on God's people to praise Him: God, who chose them, has history with them, and is actually alive and powerful. The psalmist warns those who worship idols that they could wind up as dead as their statues before returning to his call: praise God!
Response: God really is alive. I know it's hard to prove or explain. It's something you experience. There are events in my life, happening right now and having happened for years, that I know could not have happened on their own or only under my strength.