“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy.” The word, “refuge,” is defined as “a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble.” The Psalmist say, God will be that for his people. What pursuers, dangers, or troubles are you facing in your life right now? What would it take to change your troubles into joy? What would it take to get you to sing? What would you sing? Cause me to rejoice and sing O Lord, as you provide safety and shelter in my life. Amen.
“O Lord…in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch.” The Psalmist demonstrates an interesting posture in prayer. I, personally, tend to plead my case by trying to do something about it. The Psalmists commits to watch and see what God will do. What is the difference? What are you pleading these days to God? Are you content to watch and trust him? Help me to watch and wait on you O Lord, let me “take refuge in you and rejoice! Amen.
“I will both lie down and sleep in peace…” There is a confidence, a trust, a gladness that comes from the Psalmists relationship with God that transcends what others are doing and saying knowing God allows him to sleep at night. Do you sleep well? Is something particular keeping you awake at night? Father, there is noise, there is threat, there is injustice, there is wickedness; all that upsets me in body, heart, and soul. Help me to trust you fully and know the peace of rest in Christ and his Spirit. Amen.
“Deliverance belongs to the Lord; may your blessing be on your people.” This general blessing upon all God’s people, comes on the tail end of verses 1-7 where the Psalmist seems to get his own needs met. I’ve always heard to pray for others first, but is it possible to be fully concerned about and pray for others, if we are struggling with adversities that leave us drained? Does God invite us to trust him and bring our needs? What need in your life, if met, would free you to bless others? Lord hear my prayer…Lord bless your people. Amen.
“How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? … I will sing to the Lord…” Only six verses in this short Psalm, yet an emotional road trip from feelings of God’s abandonment to feelings of confidence in His blessings. It is natural to doubt and question, yet our prayers that honestly bring such to God will most often lead us to an assurance of His bountiful love and blessing in our lives. How short would your psalm be these days? What would you need for God’s assurance? Hear our prayer Lord Jesus and lead us to song!
“O kings, be wise; be warned O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, with trembling kiss his feet…” Psalm 2 is advice to kings and rulers of this world. Though many my think they have power and control over things, God laughs at their misunderstandings and applications of power. What temptation of power appeals to you? Whether parent, employer, teacher, preacher, or any other kind of authority, how does this Psalm call us to humility under God? Teach us O Lord, that all power in given by you for your purposes alone. Amen.
“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Lately I have noticed that many testimonies are very general; “God is good,” “He’s been so good to me,” and “I am so blessed.” I wonder if we need to pause and reflect a little deeper and be prepared to give thanks with a “whole heart” with a willingness to tell “all of God’s wonderful deeds.” What is your “telling” today? Help us to recognize your hand in our lives O Father, and give voice with great thanksgiving. Amen.
“O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” This Psalm is the text of many songs of praise both historically and in our contemporary worship. God has created all things and rules over all. Yet God has created humans and invited them to help God care for and guide it towards God’s purposes and desires for thriving life. How would your life change if you believed both these things when you woke up each morning? “O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
“for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” We live in a day in which we value many shades of grey and living color; it seems so limiting to have just two ways. There is a fundamental orientation of our heart however; we lean toward God or our own will and ways. Which way is your heart oriented these days? Holy Spirit, Spirit of truth and mercy, search us, reveal the truth of our way, and lead us in the way of the righteous, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place…All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit… God chooses the time. His people come together in one place for His purposes. God’s Spirit empowers. It is so easy for us to want the power of the Spirit for our purposes like Simon (Acts 8:8ff); without a thought for God’s timing and the unity of the body of Christ. How is this a temptation for me? Why is the time and common gathered place essential and prerequisite? Forgive us, Fill us O Lord.