“They make a pit, digging it out, and fall into a hole that they have made…” The scriptures imply that a great deal of sin and evil has a built in judgment and punishment. Evil people end up falling into the holes that they have made. If this is true, why do we worry so much about revenge, making sure others pay for their sin and mistakes? Lord, give me faith to believe that I don’t have to worry about getting even or making sure others are punished. Free me instead, to be part of your salvation for the world.
“…establish the righteous, you who test the minds and hearts…” Just as we are called to love God with all our heart, soul, body, and mind; so the Psalmists says, God is the one who “tests” the truthfulness of both our mind and our hearts. Can our hearts be right with God if our minds are out of sync with God? Is our thinking right, if our hearts are out of sync with God? Try us, O God, and be sure that we have pure hearts and clean and truthful thinking about all things.
“every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.” There are circumstances, events, and hurts that cause a lot of tears. The Psalmist is never afraid of tears, yet often Christian people think that tears are a sign of doubts and unbelief. Strong faith believes that God hears the tears, beyond the words. What are you crying about these days! What brings tears to your eyes? Lord Jesus, hear my tears and accept my prayer. Amen.
“Turn, O Lord, save my life…for in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who can give you praise?” “I can’t praise you if I’m dead,” is an interesting argument in prayer. It assumes that in life, the one praying is in fact, bringing praise to God. Does my life here on earth bring praise to God? How is God honored and lifted up by my living? May my life O Lord, be a living praise!
“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.