Monday, March 19, 2018

Psalm 128

Summary: The psalmist claims that God's followers will be happy, blessed, and prosperous.

Response: I can see where Jesus had to clarify some things. Life for a believer isn't always rainbows and butterflies, but that doesn't mean that God doesn't bless in different ways.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Psalm 127

Summary: Solomon (hey there buddy) posits that only that which God starts really turns out as well as it should, especially one's family.

Response: I've definitely seen when I try to start something versus when God opens doors for me. The phrase used here, "in vain," certainly comes to mind.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Psalm 126

Summary: The psalmist recounts God's outpouring of blessing, overwhelming with joy and apparent to all. He wants it to happen again, to flood in, to comfort those who weep.

Response: I've seen many times the kind of action that only God can do. I know He is already working and I just need to follow Him and keep my eyes peeled.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Psalm 125

Summary: The psalmist compares godly people with the mountain on which Jerusalem sits, being immovable and surrounded by similar mountains to protect it. Then the usual do good to good, do bad to bad.

Response: I suppose I can see fairly easily how people get this idea that God is just looking for them to slip up so he can smite them. The word here may be God-inspired, but I have doubts it's God's will and not the writer's.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Psalm 124

Summary: The psalmist confesses God's protection, noting that he and fellow believers would never have made it on their own.

Response: Lord, help me to see Your hand in my life, that I can praise You all the more.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Psalm 123

Summary: The psalmist looks too God like He is his master, expecting God to care for him in the face of those who pride themselves in being self-reliant.

Response: I notice the writer, David or not, isn't condemning those who would hurt him physically this time. Instead, it's those who don't put trust in God. Even though they do nothing direct to him, the psalmist wants God to save him from them.

I wonder if I treat self-reliance like that, like something to be avoided. After all, God gives the power to do anything, and without that, we aren't capable of much. I wonder how often I can start to ask for this assistance in doing what He has called me to do.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Psalm 122

Summary: David is excited to go to Jerusalem, where the nation gathers at God's Temple. He prays that there be peace there.

Response: I honestly hear joy in this voice and a lack of David wanting other people dead. I wonder what it is about that place that changes him so. Maybe it is that the temple is there; maybe that the assembly (including defenseless women and children) is there; honestly, I'm not sure I have a good answer as to "why."