Today’s Readings: PSALM 131; PSALM 133; PSALM 138-141; PSALM 143
Today’s post’s reading: Psalm 139
Time for a confession – I struggle to read Psalms. Sure I can read one a day. Maybe even two. But these last couple weeks of Psalms has been a bit too much for me. It was even harder being on vacation with my routine thrown out the window. I am days behind in my reading plan. I have a lot to catch up.
If you haven’t figured this out yet, I really enjoy the history, the stories, the connections. Psalms seems disconnected to me, it is kind of plopped right in the middle of the Bible. Sure, some Psalms can be tied to specific events in history (especially in relation to David). But they seem to take a one of a few forms – help me from my enemies, You are my refuge, You are an awesome God, woe is me, etc. Please don’t misunderstand my position. I know we should praise God. I know that all the words of the Bible are profitable for us. I just get less out of Psalms than other people or from other books of the Bible. My wife loves Psalms, as she has reminded me whenever we get on this topic.
So today, is the first day where I felt back into my routine. I sat down this morning to have my quiet time. I decided to read today’s reading first, then go back and catch up. I really was not excited about reading more Psalms.
But what I know is that we have a great God, an all knowing God, an all present God, a loving God.
So what does this all knowing, ever present, loving, great God do to me in my Psalm doldrums? He throws Psalm 139 at me. How dare He use His Word to excite me and challenge me and to rekindle my love for His Word. How dare he!
What a great Psalm!
For the choir director: A psalm of David.
|1 O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3 You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!
|God even knew that I needed a great Psalm like this one to read today.
God even saw me as I went to Iceland the last couple of weeks. Even though my vacation schedule kept me from His word, it did not keep Him from me!
This really is knowledge that is too wonderful for me to fully appreciate or understand.
7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
|Why would I want to escape?
This is a blessing not a curse. At all times my creator is with me. My Refuge, my Savior, my Shield, my Defender, my Healer, my Alpha, my Omega.
|13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
|Do you want to know what a creator is? Here is a perfect example – He knew us from the very beginning. We were special to him when we did not have a name, or an eye color, even before we breathed our first breath of air.
How can anyone be pro abortion after reading these words?
|17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!
|How does it make you feel to know that God has thoughts about you? God is thinking about you and me right now. So often we think it is one directional, that we think about Him and he has little time to think about us. But God thinks about you and me!|
|19 O God, if only you would destroy the wicked!
Get out of my life, you murderers!
20 They blaspheme you;
your enemies misuse your name.
21 O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you?
Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you?
22 Yes, I hate them with total hatred,
for your enemies are my enemies.
|Admittedly, I struggle with these verses. I am hoping that my fellow readers can shed some light on how I am to take these verses today. Please comment below and help me understand how these verses should be taken in a New Testament world.|
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
|Ultimately, this is the truth that can help us today, in this world, at this time – your time. We should allow God to work in our lives. Are we responding to what He is finding when he searches us and tests us and points things out that offend Him?|