God Is Good.


While the psalmist asks God to remember, this is really a projection due to the psalmist’s tendency to forget. We are the ones that need to remember the fidelity of God and God’s power to intervene on our behalf. Once again, you will notice what frequently happens in the psalms; the writer pours out his grief, distress, anger, etc. until it is spent. Then there is room for the rush of God’s presence to fill him.

Such is the case here. It was not until the psalmist has gone into the sanctuary of the Lord in verse 17 that he understands the ultimate justice of God. Just as in the case of Job, only the presence of God gives him peace. So also for “Doubting Thomas,” the night of the Resurrection; only in the sanctuary of the open side of Jesus’ wound could Thomas find an end to doubt and the beginning of faith: My Lord and my God!

How lovely are verses 21 to 26!

Psalm 73

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer from today’s reading:
You are the strength of my heart. v. 26
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B.
Wednesdays are dedicated the Psalms.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

Beginning Sunday, July 8th, the Firestarters from the new edition of
The Bible Through the Seasons
for families will be posted daily. 

God’s Judgments

 

It is said in 1 Kings 4:32 that Solomon wrote 1,005 songs. Just two of them are attributed to him in the psalms: 72 and 127. Today’s is a song of glory in the Lord whom we celebrate in God’s Spirit released for us. Verse 10 of the psalm connects with the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. Adoration, praise, and glory, so fitting for Epiphany, now find their fulfillment in the complete power of Jesus risen and the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Verses 18 and 19 celebrate the victory of the Lord and his domain over the earth. The last verse is a conclusion to “Book Two” of the psalms.

God’s tender mercies are here for you right now. Open your heart to the Lord who wants to show you his face and let you into his heart. The condition? …total surrender. Let go of any person, place, or thing that does not lead you to God.

Psalm 72


This is the fourth of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
One each week over the three-year cycle.


For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting Firestarters from the original version of The Bible Through the Seasons. 

In You, O Lord, I Put My Trust.

We live in a society that fears death. There is a desperate attempt in the cosmetic industry to make death seem far away by keeping us looking young. Children often reject their aged parents, placing them in nursing homes, even when it is possible and a blessing for them to live with their families.

An anonymous old man appears to be the author of this psalm. A whole life of dedication to the Lord and trust in God shines through these verses. He has had his times of rejection, yet there is serenity shining through this psalm, for the Lord has constantly upheld him from birth.

In verse 14, he will praise the Lord “yet more and more.” The idea in Hebrew is to find new ways to praise God. Old age has not taken away inventive, creative, and alive ways to praise His God. May we all be the same as we learn how to praise God more fully, even into our old age.

Psalm 71


This is the third of thirteen weeks in the season of Pentecost, Year B
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
One each week over the three-year cycle.

For the next few weeks, I’ll be posting Firestarters from the original version of The Bible Through the Seasons.