Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Psalm 73

Summary: The psalmist sees the prosperity of the wicked and how God doesn't seem to punish them for it and almost falters in his faith. But he affirms that it is God who guides him and in Whom he trusts.

Response: Normally, I'd be more than happy to talk politics, but my wife just had a girl! So I can start praying that God guide her as He has me; that she sees the world for what it is; and that, each in our own way, we can help to bring heaven on Earth.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Psalm 72

Summary: The psalmist prays fervently for a peaceful and prosperous reign for the new king. He notes that such splendor and abundance as he describes is only possible through God.

Response: I hear it and it sounds like David praying for Solomon. But I wonder if people who saw Jesus as King had this psalm in mind. And yet, He calls us to the work of His Kingdom, helping the oppressed and needy, sharing our personal wealth of time and goods, and praying for one another.

I'm preaching to myself as much as anyone, so that I can better do God's will. It's not always easy for me to submit to that will. I'm very comfortable and, in a way, that scares me, but I have a hard time being inauthentic about my feelings. I want to work through them so I can actually get to a new place instead of pretending for a Sunday. And I'm sorry if this seems like babbling to you.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Psalm 71

Summary: David compares God to a protecting shelter, keeping him safe and his enemies out. Then the usual "I praise You, kill my enemies," etc.

Response: But there is a moment, a glimmer of hope! He asks to be kept alive until he has taught that love of God to the next generation. It doesn't get mentioned again, but I have hope yet for this David guy.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Psalm 70

Summary: David sends a cry of emergency to God. He wants his enemies shamed and disgraced, and the godly (himself included) joyful and praising.

Response: I have to try to take it all in. I want to conveniently ignore the hatred, but it's in there in both directions. David was a warrior and battle was how he knew to solve problems. Maybe if he knew that God had (and still has) other solutions besides violence, he would've written about them instead. If anything, Jesus' insistence on loving enemies stands in stark contrast to David's feelings, which is okay, but I know Who I'm supposed to follow.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Psalm 69

Summary: David imagines his situation as being stuck in mud and deep water. While he knows he sins, he also has false accusers that he wants God to deal with. David brings more than just his prescribed physical offering, but adds his personal worship.

Response: If there's one feeling I can relate with David on, it's feeling like you need to keep your head above water (a close second would be asking enemies to die though, in my case, they are fleas that are currently in my basement and garage. Yay). Lord, help me to focus on You and give You the time You deserve. You are worth my time. You are worth my praise. Slow me down so I can better do Your will.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Psalm 68

Summary: David exalts God as a great military leader. By keeping Israel's enemies under submission, He keeps Israel safe.

Response: I will admit I'm still working on getting a grasp on David's propensity for battle. This is one path I haven't tried yet: what if David feels (probably true) that military strength was his only path to true peace and that he more or less needed the biggest hero around?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Psalm 67

Summary: The psalmist wants God to bless the psalmist's people, that the world might see those blessings and praise God.

Response: I mean, yeah? But we are blessed for much more than showing God's glory as an end in itself. God's blessings are meant to be shared, from time and money to skills and relationships. It's hard, but worth it to get past "bless me" to "bless through me."