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!)
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!!!