Readings for June 24, 2019
This is pretty cut throat writing on behalf of the Psalmist as utter vengeance is wished on all those who are evil. And evil, where does it come from . . . birth. Once evil, always evil
As I read through this Psalm, I can imagine David living in fear, on the run, seeking safety in the mountainous caves. “Each evening they return” he pleas as if for help, seeking safety in his time of trouble. For David, even in these darker chapters of his life, “signs of God’s great might” are revealed as God is David’s fortress and strength.
If you are David, and you have experienced defeat, where do you turn? God of course! Take a look at v. 7 and following, does it sound familiar? As I read, I was reminded of St. Paul’s words to the Ephesians (6:11-17) as we are called to put on the Armor of God.
Lead me to the rock
that is higher that I;
For you are my refuge,
A strong tower against the enemy!
(v. 2b – 3)
Last week in my sermon I reflected on Elijah hearing God in the silence. (1 Kings 4-15a) Similar themes come up here, as our “Soul waits in silence.” True silence is hard to find, just take a moment to be still an listen . . . silent? Probably not. Yet, here we are reminded to find that inner silence sot hat we can find God.
The Psalmist is desperate for a relationship with God. There is true longing for something greater . . .
My soul thirst (v. 1)
My flesh faints (v. 1)
My soul clings. (v. 6)
all for the Lord!
Reading through the Psalm surprised me with words of “Shooting” and “Ambush.” Honestly these weren’t words I expected in a song of praise to God. Not words I like to hear much in life, and too often we hear them again and again. Together let us seek the peace that only Christ can give!
From the dawn of creation to the depths of the sea, to the stillness of the valley . . . God created it all! Here, praise is given as God reveals power and majesty, in the gift of nature that surrounds us.
Readings for the next few days:
Tuesday, June 25: Psalm 66-69
Wednesday, June 26: Psalm 70-73
Thursday, June 27: Psalm 74-77