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June 22, Psalms 107-110

 

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Psalm 109 is an example of what scholars call a Psalm of vengeance.  I have already alerted you to this type of Psalm.  I remind you that these kinds of Psalms show the very honest and real feelings of the Psalmist.  These Psalms do not give us a license to hold grudges toward our enemies.  In fact, seeing these Psalms as prayers to God, reminds us that God is really the only one who can take vengeance on someone.  Paul reminded the Romans, “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the LORD.  On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  (Romans 12:19-21)

Has someone wronged you?  Put that someone in the hands of God today.  He is always righteous and perfect in His judgment.

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June 21

 

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Psalms is a book of Songs.  Perhaps, you have noticed that the basis of some of the songs that we sing today have their roots in the Psalms.  I challenge you today to sing before the LORD.  If you have a hymnal at home, sing to the LORD.  (Yeah, just you and the LORD.)  Some may want to go back to some of your favorite Psalms and read them again today.

When you have carried out this exercise, answer this question:  “Don’t you feel better?”

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June 20, Psalms 104-106

 

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The three Psalms that we read today are a beautifully crafted triad of Psalms. Actually, we can think of these three Psalms as being a summary of the Old Testament from creation through the exile.

Notice in Psalm 104 the elements of the Creation story.  Notice in Psalm 105 that the Psalmist recounts God’s covenant with Abraham’s family through the plagues.  Psalm 106 remembers the rebellion of the nation of Israel once in the Promised Land ultimately leading to the exile.

What’s the result of recounting this history?  “Praise the LORD.”  (Notice this as the last line of each of these Psalms.)

What is your story?  Is there some good mixed in with the bad?  I suspect so. What do we do?  “Praise the LORD!” Think about some of your history.  As you do, give thanks, because “thanksgiving begins with thinking.”

 

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June 19, Psalms 98-103

 

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Psalm 103 is one of those Psalms that you could literally begin every day with a fresh reading.  This Psalm reminds us of so many benefits from our God. We are reminded of his forgiveness.  That forgiveness is described in terms of removing our sin as far as the east is from the west.  If that is not enough, this Psalm reminds us of how much God loves us.  The description of His love for us is “as high as the heavens are above the earth.”  We say, “But God, we cannot calculate that distance!”  “Good,” God says, “Now you are beginning to understand My love for you.”

What are we to do in light of all these reminders?  We are to “Praise Him.”  Do that today!

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June 18, Psalms 90-97

 

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Yesterday, we said that “proper worship begins with a proper attitude about worship.”  Only when we understand the attitude of worship can we even attempt to explore the actions of worship.  The attitude of worship is far more important than any worship action.  We will never get the actions right if the attitude of our heart is not right.  Having understood that, we see in today’s reading some of the many prescribed actions of worship.

The first action that we think of, I suppose, when we consider worship is singing. Singing—No surprises here!  We see multiple indications of singing as a proper action of worship.  You might draw attention to 92:1-3 and 96:1.  We have no way of knowing what their singing would have sounded like.  A few things we can note:  (1) instruments accompanied singing (2) a variety of styles {new songs (96:1) and shouting (95:1)}.

The idea of a variety of styles of singing is apparent in the New Testament as well.  Paul referred to Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in Ephesians 5:19. Were their hymns like our hymns?  Were their spiritual songs like our praise choruses?  We will never know this answer.  We can assume, however, that different styles of music had their proper place in worship.

Some other actions of worship that we see are bowing (95:6), kneeling (95:6), and giving an offering (96:8).  What other activities of worship do you see in these Psalms?

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