Sept. 9 – (Ps. 107-108) Take the first and last verse of Ps. 107. It is a wonderful statement of God! “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Whoever is wise will observe these things, and they will understand the loving-kindness of the Lord.” Selah
Did you notice that Psalm 57:7-11 and Psalm 60:5-12 were combined to form Psalm 108? In this Psalm, David is celebrating his victory. He knew that without God, he would have been defeated. We can say a big AMEN to that as well! It is much easier to praise Him with a victory, but do we praise Him just as much with a defeat (perceived as a defeat)? God is always constant. His attributes are constant as well and always worthy of praise no matter what is going on in our lives!
Sept. 10 – (Ps. 109-113) In Psalms 110-112 God is reminding Israel to worship Him and not get caught up in the worship of idols that their neighbor nations worshiped. Who is God? Answer the question by making a list of God’s attributes from these psalms. Pick out several and reflect on one attribute each day. At the end of the day reflect how this attribute of God affected you and thank Him for it.
How do you react when you get bad news? Do you get angry at the situation or person you think is causing it? Do you despair and want to give up? Here is something the Lord is showing me. Read 112:7 and then look at 112:10. God is showing me how to respond more like verse 7 and less like verse 10. “Thank you, Jesus, for Your Word!”
Sept. 11 - (Ps. 114-118) Psalms 113-118 were used during the Passover, the Feast of Tabernacles, and other traditional Jewish festivals. The titles for today’s chapters are: The Power of God in His Deliverance of Israel, The Futility of Idols and the Trustworthiness of God, Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death, Let all the Peoples Praise the Lord, and Praise to God for His Everlasting Mercy. We are to live a lifestyle of thankfulness and praise to God every part of every day.
In Psalm 118 the psalmist understood that in the midst of calamity, God was with him. We can live in assurance and calm. Despite troubles around us, if we love and trust God, he will be with us. We have nothing to fear if we put our trust in our Guardian.
Sept. 12 – (Ps. 119:1-88) “How can a man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” How do we do all that on a constant basis? “I will meditate on Your precepts and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.” It takes time… little by little as we read His word and follow what He is telling us. (Just like doing a daily Bible Study!)
Sept. 13 – (Ps. 119:89-176) I love verses 89-94 because they give me hope to trust in Him as I take His Word…. lean on it, trust in it, and do it! His Word never fails!
Sept. 14 – (Ps. 120-127) Psalm 127 was exactly for me today… well all of the reading for today, really. I was so exhausted yesterday I could hardly function and turned the lights out at 10 pm (is this a “getting older” syndrome?). By 2 AM I was awake and “thinking” and had to get up and start doing something. Why couldn’t I shut my mind off? Psalm 127 told me why. My life is orchestrated by God. My only “job” is to listen to Him and do what He is telling me to do. I can’t worry my way into anything I know He is calling me to do or be. I have to seek Him and then obey what He is saying and let Him “make” it happen. Somehow that is very freeing…if I can do that on a moment by moment experience! “God help us all!”