Like the shouts of the people in yesterday’s reading, the sacred writer of this prayer is into shouting praises to God and inviting us to do the same. He recalls the great events that brought God’s saving help to God’s people.
In verse 13 there is a change to encourage us to make offerings to the Lord. No longer do we bring burnt animals sacrificed on great altars. Rather then set fire to these animals, God prefers that our hearts be filled with love—on fire with love! When we want to love and serve God, then other habits that do not help us to do this, can burn away as though in a fire. Then we can burn on with the pure fire of God’s love.
Hang around a long time with the final verse till you feel the joy and comfort that the sacred writer feels and wants to share with you.
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
one each week across the three-year cycle.
This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick