This week we read through chapters 22-28. I even read them on the correct days this time. Woot! And it was a busy week so I feel like it’s a small victory :)
Ok, lets get started. Chapter 22 v 2-3 talks about how there were times when David called to the Lord and he did not answer and he found no relief but then David says, “Yet you are Holy.” This was a great reminder for me that even when I feel like God is forgetting about me and I get all wrapped up in myself HE IS STILL HOLY and will always be holy way more than I will ever understand here on Earth. It’s a humbling thought. He is a constant when everything down here that gets in the way are variables.
Psalm 23 is one of those passages of scripture that become so familiar sometimes that we don’t focus on what it’s really saying. At least for me anyway. So I really tried to see some things in here that I haven’t before. And what I learned was a whole lot of things about who God is which is sort of how this study began when shannon had the idea. There are six verses here and at least 14 attributes of God. Here’s a list and I probably missed some:
- provides needs
- gives rest
- gives peace
- renews strength
- guides me
- stays close in bad situations
- welcomes me
- gives us overflowing blessings
- unfailing love
- He lets me live in his house forever
I’m sure there’s more. What a great God we have!
Chapter 24:1 “The Earth is the Lords and everything in it. the world and all its people belong to Him.” I like this verse simply because it helps me keep prespective of why we’re here. Again, when everything else seems to get in the way, remembering this brings me back to my purpose here. I wish I could play that over in my head all day and never forget it. Then maybe I would stop trying to get control of everything.
Ok, chapter 25 I wrote down verses 7, 11, and 18 which are all David asking for forgiveness. And then I wrote in my notes that I don’t know why I find these significant. A pattern? Something to learn from David? From God? About me?
Yeah I still don’t know, just thought I’d share that with ya :)
Chapter 26:1-3 “Declare me innocent, O Lord, for I have acted with integrity. I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Put me on trial, Lord, and cross examine me, test my motives and affections. For I am constantly aware of your unfailing love, and have lived according to your truth.”
v12 “I have taken a stand and I will publicly praise the Lord.”
After I read that I said to myself, “I want to be able to say all that and mean it!” and then it occured to me that it would make a good prayer. So I’m going to pray it and work towards those things.
In my little journal note taking book, there are verses printed at the bottom of each page. The page with my notes for chapter 27 just so happens to have Psalm 27:1 at the bottom. And it just so happens to be a popular verse about not being afraid which is something I just so happen to struggle with. Hmmm, coincidence? I think not :)
And then there was verse 8 “My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ and my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming.'” which made my heart feel all warm and happy inside. Like a little tender moment with God.
Ok, I think I have taken up enough of your time. I liked this weeks study alot and I’m looking forward to out next batch of Psalms. I’m learning lots about God and David and myself. This is good…very good. Why don’t you join in? Check. it. out. You won’t ever regret getting to know your God better.