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."

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Psalm 66

Summary: David sees the whole earth worshiping God. He recounts a defining act, when God parted the waters for His people to cross. Even though the relationship isn't perfect on humans' ends, God still offers discipline, mercy, and renewal. David finishes by extending an invitation to that same relationship.

Response: God really is worthy of all this praise. So many times, I'll go through the motions, but I don't want to be desensitized to God's greatness.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Psalm 65

Summary: David praises God for His mercy. In His forgiveness, God chooses to gift the earth His abundance.

Response: Yes, I like this one a bit better, not because I'm not challenged by it. You have to be in a certain mood to accept God's forgiveness, and I don't always have that.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Psalm 64

Summary: David contends that, even though people try (and sometimes succeed) in hurting innocents, God sees and doles out justice.

Response: And, again, I prefer to focus less on the God who avenges and more on the God who saves. But thanks I guess for the vengeance? I suppose I'd rather a perfect God try to wield it than me; I'd let it get to my head.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Psalm 63

Summary: David confesses that God satisfies him, like cool water or fine meat after being in the wilderness. This is why he thinks about God day and night, delighting in the very thought of God.

Response: (yes, there's also a kill-my-enemies part, I'm ignoring that for today) God is amazing all on His own, whether or not we choose to acknowledge it. I pray I would​ seek and find Him more and more and have the boldness to call it out when I see it.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Psalm 62

Summary: David can't find anyone to trust but God. The humans all around him will break trust given the first advantageous opportunity. So he goes all in on God.

Response: Now this one I think I get. You can't quite say "God alone" and then extol the virtues of anyone else. If it's God alone, He's it. I pray I could lift Him that high mentally, even though He deserves so much more.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Psalm 61

Summary: David compares God to the top of a mountain, at which one is safe.

Response: Hey, other than an oddly placed "long live the king" segment, this one was fairly normal. David wants to be like a welcome visitor or one under temporary shelter with God; how cool then that God wants to offer permanent residence in Him!