Readings for Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Psalm 66 – 69
Here the Psalmist sings a song of thanksgiving, and it is much like the song Miriam sang after the Israelites crossed over the Red Sea (Exodus 15). Good news is shared as the Psalmist tell once again of crossing over on dry ground, traveling with cloud and fire, passing on foot, until reaching the spacious place (i.e. Promised Land).
Psalm 67 starts with reiterating Moses’ words to the people (Numbers 6:24-26), with a slight variation. The Psalm states:
May God be gracious to us and bless us
Nam make his face to shine upon us.
Great words, but there is one additional phrase, with which we can relate all the more that repeats a few times throughout:
Let all the peoples praise you, Or God;
Let all the peoples praise you!
(V. 3 & 5)
Right in the middle of this Psalm an image of this holy/triumphant procession is painted for us as the people journey up to “the sanctuary” (v. 24) or the “Holy Place” (v.17) . This grand procession is complete with:
- Singers (who come first)
- Musicians (who are last)
- Girls with tambourines
- The tribe of Benjamin (in the lead)
- The tribe of Judah
- The tribe of Zebulun
- The tripe of Naphtali
Could this be the procession that led the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem, where David danced and the people rejoice? (2 Samuel 6) I think it could be!!
As I read our last Psalm for today, I wonder how many enemies do you have? Do you know them? Do they know they are your enemies? Could you count them? What made them your enemies? Here the Psalms states, they are “more in number than the hair on my head” (v. 4) . That’s a lot of enemies.
Can you imagine the guilt? What would you do? Where would you turn?
The only thing to do is to turn to God. Make your plea. A plea that starts at verse 13, crying out . . . at an acceptable time . . . answer me . . . deliver me . . . draw near to me . . . redeem me . . .set me free!
Readings for the next few days:
Wednesday, June 26: Psalm 70-73
Thursday, June 27: Psalm 74-77
Friday, June 28: Psalm 78-79