Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Too Much!

Today is one of the days when I wish I had 3 hours to write about everything in these Psalms!  (But you probably wouldn't have 3 hours to read them! HA!)

Psalm 33--
I was interested in the talk of Nationalism and Kings in this Psalm.  Verse 12 talks about "The nation whose GOd is the LORD, the people that God has chosen as his possession is truly happy".  I wonder how that works.  As Americans we talk a lot about the wonderful times in the past when we were a Christian Nation.  But we weren't founded that way and further we aren't the "chosen ones".  How does this work if God hasn't chosen us?

But then I get to verse 16--"Kings aren't saved by the strength of their armies; warriors aren't delivered by how much power they have". Then in verse 20, "We put our hope in the Lord!  He is our help and our shield!"

Oh, how lovely that is!  I get it--its not about if we are "chosen" or a Christian nation, its about letting God be in control.  God is the victor--not the guns or bombs.  Not the military--its God.  What would our lives be like if we let God have the power instead of taking it for ourselves?

Then Psalm 34.....

I see SEVERAL songs in this one!!  I also love Verse 8, "Taste and see how good the Lord is!" 

But this is the verse that stopped me in my tracks, "Do you love life; do you relish the chance to enjoy good things?"

Ouch.  I am a planner.  Always thinking about what is coming next.  I don't always live in the moment.  Today that's my goal.  To live for now.  To soak up the sun.  To enjoy the love.  I am going to relish the chance to enjoy good things!!!

Pastor Emily


Martha J. M. Orlando said...

Oh, what an awesome world it would be if everyone saw God as the only true power, large and in charge! I can only imagine . . .
And, I have been practicing more of "being in the moment", just enjoying the day as it unfolds.
I'm also trying to write my summer devotions all with using the Psalms. We'll see how that goes! :)

Lindsay said...

Sort of the lines of "living in the moment", the verse that jumped out to me was that God's love is all over the earth (psalm 33... verse 5 I think). Sometimes, it so easy for me to overlook all of God's grace around me... but it's always there. His love is always raining down. Do I take the time to notice? to feel it? To really soak it in? As I prepare to welcome my baby boy into the world, I find myself wanting to just soak up these moments... our last moments as a family of three... the little kicks during the last moments of this pregnancy... and when I look for the grace and love, it's always there. Thank you, God!