Friday, July 5: Psalm 108 – 114
How many of you have your alarm set to wake up with music? While, I don’t it can be a great way to start the day, and Psalm 108 is no different. Like an alarm clock set to music, our Psalmist sings, “awake, my soul! Awake, O harp and lyre!” (v. 1&2) Awakened to God, we find victory over our enemies (v. 7-9) and strength to meet the day ahead.
Of all the pleas for help, one voice remains constant throughout Psalm 109:
Help me, O Lord my God!
Save me according to your steadfast love!
There is a question that I have pondered, and pondered again as I read the opening verse. What would it be like to sit at God’s right hand? Jesus tells James and John (Mark 10: 35-45) it is not his to grant. But what would it be like? Awe inspiring indeed, is about the best that I could come up with.
We have heard several Psalms on the “fear of the Lord.” Here again Psalm 111, brings that to light, and it gives some clarification as to what that “fear” means . . . “for the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (v. 10)
Much like Psalm 111, “fear” return and this time it brings “Happiness.” Putting these ideas together, “Fear of the Lord” is not a scary/terror type thing. Instead is meant more for creating a relationship that has depth and meaning.
“who is like the Lord our God,
Who is seated on high,
Who looks far down on the heavens and earth?“
(v. 5 & 6)
What can you say to this, but absolutely no one is like the Lord our God!
Think about how many “water stories” we have encountered.
- Crossing the Red Sea
- Moses in the basket
- The gushing rock
- Crossing the Jordan
- Elijah and Elisha parting the waters
- And of course many others . . .
This Psalm gives praise to the “sea” who constantly turns back at the Lord’s command.
Readings for the next few days:
Saturday, July 6: Psalm 115 – 118
Sunday, July 7: Psalm 119
Monday, July 8: Psalm 120 – 125
Tuesday, July 9: Psalm 126 – 132
Wednesday, July 10: Psalm 133 -139