Aug. 26 – (Ps. 62-66) Psalm 63 is a Psalm of David while he was in the wilderness of Judah.  He words here show His dependence is totally on God and David is praising Him for it. If only we would constantly remember God’s nearness and saving power every moment of every day (and night)!

            (Ps. 66) “Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!  Sing out the honor of His name!”  This psalm continues to encourage us to tell of God’s goodness in our lives.  Think of even one thing the Lord has done in your life…. and share it!  I want to say I have felt God’s grace in a very powerful way.  It’s seems when I am lacking, I feel Him strengthening me in a specific area I need for that time.  It’s just amazing to me that when I am weak, then He is strong!  Bless His name forever!!! 

Aug. 27 – (Ps. 67-68) Do you remember the song we used to sing every week at the end of service?  Every time I read Psalm 68, I start singing the song!  That’s what a song should do!  Songs are supposed to bolster our faith and trust in God.  That’s why I think it’s so important to listen to Christian music as our steady diet of what we take in (especially when we just going about our daily routine).  His Words and teachings then float to the surface as some word or action can trigger the Truth in love!  Let God Arise!!!! 

Aug. 28 – (Ps. 69-72) Psalm 69 is David’s cry to God for trust and hope despite over whelming misfortunes.  David knew that only God can give eternal gladness and joy.   This Psalm has also been called a Messianic Psalm because it portrays the humiliation and rejection of Jesus.  Can you see it in this chapter?

Psalm 72 is written by Solomon.  He asked God for wisdom for himself and righteousness for his son.  In this prayer he looked forward to the eternal, perfect reign of Christ.  My favorite verses here are verses 18-19. “Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only does wondrous things!  And blessed be His glorious name forever!  And let the whole earth be filled with His glory.  Amen and Amen.”  Our God and our Father only does wondrous things!!! 

Aug. 29 – (Ps. 73-75) Psalms 73-89 is considered the third book of Psalms. The tone darkens further in this book. The opening Psalm 73 starkly questions the justice of God before seeing light in God’s presence.  That light has almost escaped the psalmist in Psalm 88, the bleakest of all psalms.  Book 2 ended with the high point of royal aspirations; Book 3 concludes in Psalm 89 with these expectations badly threatened.  There are a few of the psalms that cut through the darkness. The brief third book contains most of the psalms of Asaph (73-83).  As well as another set of Korah psalms (84,85;87,88).

In Psalm 73 we see the author questioning God’s wisdom because he felt the wicked were prospering and the righteous suffering.  We need to always pray for Gods perspective when we don’t understand a perspective or person.  There is always one more view we aren’t aware of that would change how we see it.

Psalm 74 seems like Asaph is tired of being stepped on.  He seems rejected, defeated, and forgotten. He prays for God to restore Israel and grant revenge.  Isn’t it interesting that we want God to “get” our enemies but give us mercy?  That’s all I’m going to say.... 😊        

Aug. 30 – (Ps. 76-77)   In Psalm 75 and 76, Asaph grew in confidence that God would bring the wicked to judgment.  God would not let anyone deserving of judgment slip free unnoticed.  I am reminded again that God’s holiness contrasts with our sinfulness.  Without mercy from God, we all would be judged.  Let’s humble ourselves before God and thank Him for His redeeming love and mercy!  In Psalms 77, Asaph is reviewing God’s past miracles and mighty works on behalf of the Israelites when they went to the Promised Land.  I think Asaph needed encouragement during a time of personal distress.  When we remember and meditate upon God’s previous works in our lives, it gives us courage to continue to walk through a current difficulty or struggle. 

Aug. 31 – (Ps. 78) In Psalm 78, Asaph is recounting Israel’s history from slavery in Egypt until the reign of King David. Asaph retold the story in order that the Jewish people would remember their past and be reminded of the mercy that God had shown them.  This reminds me to remember what God has done for me during a time of His silence or seeming inactivity of His Hand when I get impatient for Him to “arise” in a situation.  Many times, it brings me back to the prayer, “God please move in this current situation or move me.” God wants to change me or my attitude rather than a situation.  He is just waiting for me to realize it and change how I think about it.  Peace is not being in a storm, it’s being able to joyfully sing in that storm.  It’s around 6:00 AM and I’ve been reading and typing with my windows open.  The birds since about 5:00 AM have been so wonderfully singing!  When I first opened the window, it was dark out and the birds seemed even louder than now when the light shows forms and grass and trees (with a pesky rabbit running through the yard).  Is that part of showing God’s glory?  Singing when it is “dark” because your “singing” is so much louder than when the “light” comes?  Selah!!! 

Sept. 1 – (Ps. 79-82) As you read Psalm 81, think about the last time you heard from God.  What word of encouragement did He impress upon you or what caution did the Holy Spirit bring to your mind?  Are you hearing daily? Terry Law spoke on this one time.  One of his points was that God, through the Holy Spirit speaks to us every day.  We just need to have a continually listening ear.  Are you taking action on what you hear?  Our response should be that of a child who loves and trusts their parent.  Maybe even more like Samuel as a child; “Speak Lord, for your servant hears.”  Something for us to ponder…something for us to work on!