Psalms 27, 36, 71, 125
Pastor Lisa’s Journal
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. – Psalm 36:7
Psalm 36 opens with a list describing “the wicked.” Their actions reveal their motivations, priorities and the condition of their hearts.
- In the depth of their being (their hearts) they hear the voice of sin more than the voice of God. (vs. 1)
- They do not respect or revere God, instead embracing evil. (vs. 1, 4)
- They do not have a teachable spirit, but are egotistical (vs. 2, 4)
- They believe they are so smart they will never be caught doing wrong. (vs. 2)
- Their words cannot be trusted. (vs. 3)
- Their behavior is foolish and destructive (vs. 3, 4)
Next, the psalmist provides an important lesson. Instead of contrasting the condition of the wicked with a description of “the righteous,” the psalmist describes the greatness and glory God. Naming God’s character and deeds are acts of praise. The psalmist’s praise list is both direct and emphatic, that’s what makes it so powerful: your steadfast love, your faithfulness, your righteousness, your judgments, you save, your wings provide refuge, your house is full of abundance, you give delight, you are the fountain of life, your light sheds light on our lives. The list builds and builds to a crescendo of praise. Praise builds trust and confidence in God. Praise destroys fear and puts things into perspective.
Why should I ever fear when I know and am known by such a God?
Mighty and Everlasting God, Generous and Patient, Merciful Healer, Strong to Save, defend me from every attack of doubt, despair and destruction. You are greater. You are victorious. You are good, now and forever. Amen.
You are invited to join me on a summer adventure through one of the most beloved books in the Bible, Psalms. To download the Summer in the Psalms reading plan, click here Psalms Reading Plan
As you read, you are encouraged to use the SOAP Method for keeping a spiritual journal, as taught at New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hawaii. For more information on this simple and powerful way of engaging the Word of God, please click here or use the simple instructions provided in the reading plan itself.
I look forward to reading your comments and to all that Jesus will do in you and through you as you seek him this summer. – Lisa <><
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