Good morning. These past few weeks have been crazy, I feel like I say that all the time. One child had a stomach bug and then recovered and then her school ended so she’s home with me, and wants to do math worksheets. The other one still wakes up in the night often, seeking reassurance from me, and as I write this, is home with me because he had the stomach bug as well. Oh well!
We need to know and remember our identity in Christ in times like these. We need a refuge, a stronghold, a safe place , when life throws us off to keep us steady. What’s your favorite verse to remember in times of unsteadiness? Mine is Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted in the heavens, I will be exalted on the earth.” Share your favorite with me in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.
For those who have been praying for me , especially in regards to my back, thank you! My pain is a lot reduced, I’m still taking medications and going to PT though( not this week since I have both kiddos!!!).
Before I start with this week’s psalms, here’s a shout-out to Matthew Winters from The Comeback Pastor who’s writing a guest post on psalm 34 which will go up here soon. As always let me know which psalm you would like featured here.
1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither –
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
This psalm has no superscription telling us who the author is, but this first psalm is a favorite with many and is extremely well-known. This contrasts the life of the wicked with the life of the righteous person. The righteous person delights in the law of the Lord (the Holy Word, the Scriptures, the Bible) and meditates on it day and night( reads it, thinks about them throughout the day, lives by the Scriptures). He/She chooses not to associate intimately with sinners and mockers and the wicked. He/She chooses his/her companions carefully. He/She is an enduring person, steady like a tree and is extremely fruitful (for the kingdom of God). He/She prospers in everything he does.
This person is contrasted with the wicked, who is blown all over the place like the wind. He/She is unsteady. His/Her way of wickedness leads to his/her destruction.
1 Why do the nations conspire[a]
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
3 ‘Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.’
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 ‘I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.’
7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:
He said to me, ‘You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8 Ask me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will break them with a rod of iron[b];
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.’
10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear
and celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
This is an equally well known and loved psalm. There is no indication of its author as well. While different from the first psalm, this one has many similarities and contrasts that it is worthwhile studying them together. This psalm contrasts the nations that rebel against the Lord’s leadership and the nation that follows the Lord wholeheartedly.
The rebel nations are trying to throw off , what they assume, is the Lord’s yoke and are trying to rule themselves. The nation that follows the Lord has made the Lord their Father and have become His children. He is pleased to give them the other nations as their inheritance and He promises His nation that they will rule the others.
There is a warning in this psalm. We are not to turn away from Him and seek our own will. It will lead to destruction and sorrow. Instead we are to humble ourselves before Him and choose Him now, while we still have time. Before His wrath and anger fall on us. We are blessed when we find our refuge in Him.