Morning Reflection 3/22/12 – Psalm 29

A psalm of David.

1 Honor the LORD, you heavenly beings;
honor the LORD for his glory and strength.
2 Honor the LORD for the glory of his name.
Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.
3 The voice of the LORD echoes above the sea.
The God of glory thunders.
The LORD thunders over the mighty sea.
4 The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is majestic.
5 The voice of the LORD splits the mighty cedars;
the LORD shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon’s mountains skip like a calf;
he makes Mount Hermont leap like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the LORD strikes
with bolts of lightning.
8 The voice of the LORD makes the barren wilderness quake;
the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the LORD twists mighty oaks
and strips the forests bare.
In his Temple everyone shouts, “Glory!”
10 The LORD rules over the floodwaters.
The LORD reigns as king forever.
11 The LORD gives his people strength.
The LORD blesses them with peace.

via Psalm 29 NLT | YouVersion.

One of the sad things about my childhood is my mother worked, so in the summer I had to stay in the house. My parents did not want me wandering around the neighborhood without any type of supervision. The silver lining in this cloud of home detention was that The Andy Griffith show was on just about every day around lunch time. In the summer, I would spend my time watching the adventures of Andy, Barney, and all there the rest. I watched so many episodes that now, as an adult, I can tell what happens in any episode after watching about 30 seconds of it anywhere in the episode. Continue reading “Morning Reflection 3/22/12 – Psalm 29”

Morning Reflection 3/21/2012 – Psalm 28

Prayer for Help and Thanksgiving for It

Of David.

1 To you, O Lord, I call;
my rock, do not refuse to hear me,
for if you are silent to me,
I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
2 Hear the voice of my supplication,
as I cry to you for help,
as I lift up my hands
toward your most holy sanctuary.a
3 Do not drag me away with the wicked,
with those who are workers of evil,
who speak peace with their neighbors,
while mischief is in their hearts.
4 Repay them according to their work,
and according to the evil of their deeds;
repay them according to the work of their hands;
render them their due reward.
5 Because they do not regard the works of the Lord,
or the work of his hands,
he will break them down and build them up no more.
6 Blessed be the Lord,
for he has heard the sound of my pleadings.
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.
8 The Lord is the strength of his people;
he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
9 O save your people, and bless your heritage;
be their shepherd, and carry them forever.

via Psalm 28:4 (NRSV) – Biblia.com.

Where do you go when you need help? Where do you go when you need a friend? Where do you go when your world is crashing down around you? No matter what he was facing, David knew he could turn to God.

There are many places we can turn when we run into a rough patch in life. We might call a good friend, take some money out of our savings account, or pull out a credit card. I find those of us who are rich (which would be most anybody reading this, especially if you live in the US) have resources we can utilize when things get tough. Continue reading “Morning Reflection 3/21/2012 – Psalm 28”

Morning Reflection 3/20/12 – Psalm 27


 

 

Triumphant Song of Confidence

Of David.

 

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When evildoers assail me

to devour my flesh—

my adversaries and foes—

they shall stumble and fall.

3 Though an army encamp against me,

my heart shall not fear;

though war rise up against me,

yet I will be confident.

4 One thing I asked of the Lord,

that will I seek after:

to live in the house of the Lord

all the days of my life,

to behold the beauty of the Lord,

and to inquire in his temple.

5 For he will hide me in his shelter

in the day of trouble;

he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;

he will set me high on a rock.

6 Now my head is lifted up

above my enemies all around me,

and I will offer in his tent

sacrifices with shouts of joy;

I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud,

be gracious to me and answer me!

8 “Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!”

Your face, Lord, do I seek.

9 Do not hide your face from me.

Do not turn your servant away in anger,

you who have been my help.

Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,

O God of my salvation!

10 If my father and mother forsake me,

the Lord will take me up.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord,

and lead me on a level path

because of my enemies.

12 Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,

for false witnesses have risen against me,

and they are breathing out violence.

13 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord

in the land of the living.

14 Wait for the Lord;

be strong, and let your heart take courage;

wait for the Lord!

 

Trust is something that isn’t given. Trust is earned. Reading through the various psalms I find  that David knows that he can trust God, because God has always been trustworthy.

I tend to forget that God can be trusted. When the enemy crowds around and I fear that war is drawing near, fear starts telling me I’m alone. If I believe what fear tells me, I forget that God is trustworthy. The higher my fear, the lower my trust. However, the higher my trust, the lower my fear. When I trust God, fear flees.

David trusted God. That is why he is able to write what he does. That is why he is able to wait for the lord and take courage. God had “earned” his trust time and time again. No matter what was going on around him, David knew he could trust and he did.

 

Morning Reflection 3/19/12 – Psalm 26

Plea for Justice and Declaration of Righteousness

Of David.

Psalm 26

Plea for Justice and Declaration of Righteousness

Of David.

1 Vindicate me, O Lord,

for I have walked in my integrity,

and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.

2 Prove me, O Lord, and try me;

test my heart and mind.

3 For your steadfast love is before my eyes,

and I walk in faithfulness to you.a

4 I do not sit with the worthless,

nor do I consort with hypocrites;

5 I hate the company of evildoers,

and will not sit with the wicked.

6 I wash my hands in innocence,

and go around your altar, O Lord,

7 singing aloud a song of thanksgiving,

and telling all your wondrous deeds.

8 O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell,

and the place where your glory abides. Continue reading “Morning Reflection 3/19/12 – Psalm 26”

Morning Reflection 3/16/12 – Psalm 25

Prayer for Guidance and for Deliverance

Of David.

1To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me.
3Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

4Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.
5Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.

6Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.
7Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!

8Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
9He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
10All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.

11For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12Who are they that fear the Lord? He will teach them the way that they should choose.

13They will abide in prosperity, and their children shall possess the land.
14The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes his covenant known to them.
15My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

16Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.
17Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring mea out of my distress.
18Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins.

19Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me.
20O guard my life, and deliver me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.

22Redeem Israel, O God, out of all its troubles.

via Psalm 25:16 (NRSV) – Biblia.com.

I remember heading of town one day when I realized I didn’t have any money with me. Usually I don’t carry too much money, but I like to have something, especially when I’m leaving town. As I was wondering what I would do I realized that I still had a credit card. Society is at a place now that as long as I had a credit card with me, I believed I would be fine.

So, as I read this psalm, I have to wonder where is my trust? Is my trust in God, or have I placed my trust in my resources?

David’s trust was securely in God. I’m not sure mine always is. Perhaps this is why Jesus told the disciples that it was difficult for a rich person to enter into the kingdom of God (Mark 10:25).