Thursday, July 11: Psalm 140 – 145
Talk about malice and spite for your enemy:
“Let burning coals fall on them!
Let them be flung into pits, no more to rise!”
A great camp song came to mind as I read Psalm 141, “I will call upon the Lord.” There is plenty of similar language to that camp song and this Psalm. The rock (v.7), calling on the Lord (v.1), just to name a few. Our evening prayer service also, came to mind as a familiar sung refrain is mentioned here: “Let my prayer rise before you as incense” )v. 2)
Here is a echo of Psalm 46 . . . God my refuge and strength.
If you haven’t noticed these few Psalms return to being “Psalms of David” and I can’t help but wonder what was David referring to when he says, “I remember the days of old.” Is he dreaming of being a simple shepherd boy, long before he was anointed king? Does he long for the safety of his youth, long before he lived in fear of his adversaries? What is it that you long for David? How would it have brought you peace?
Here’s another great camp song reminder. “He’s my rock, my sword, my shield” (v.2) Maybe after three weeks of youth activities, I’m youth’d out (Mission trip, day camp at church, and community VBS) Even with all of those now done, I keep singing in my head. Still great songs. Still great youth. Still a great God to give our thanks and praise too!
Did you notice a constant here?
The Lord . . . The Lord . . . The Lord . . .
Who is the Lord? This Psalm will answer that question and a simple response may be summed up in verse 3:
“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised!”
Readings for the next few days:
Friday, July 12: Psalm 146 – 150
Saturday, July 13: Proverbs 1 – 3
Sunday, July 14: Proverbs 4 – 6
Monday, July 15: Proverbs 7 – 9