Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Daily Gratitude Year 4-Day 90: Today, I am grateful for Psalm 34.
This Psalm is chock-full of goodness...and it won't add one inch to your hips!
This was the place my Bible opened to this morning. It contains so many favorite verses that I couldn't choose just one to highlight..so I decided to tell "the story" of the Psalm as it speaks to my heart with my Bible journaling tools.
It starts with my soul crying out to "magnify the Lord" in the first verses. Few knew God like David. David chased God with his whole heart and was fearless in light of the knowledge of God's hand on him. Only when his eyes turned to lust and worldly wants did he find himself in deep do-do. This Psalm 34, is David...in my opinion...at his best!
Why? Because it shows many parts of God's character and the many levels of relationship he and David shared. David did not expect a perfect or easy life. In fact, he anticipated trouble. He had first hand knowledge of God's personality from the warrior to the gentle father. This Psalm sings of the whole relationship...and the promise of eternity fro those who put their trust in God.
Let's look closer:
God, you are amazing! Vs. 3 "Oh, magnify the with me, and let us exalt his name together!"
God, I believe in you. Vs. 4 "I sought the , and he answered me
Tell your story. Vs. 6-7 "This poor man cried, and the heard him
Celebrate. Vs. 8 "Oh, taste and see that the is good!" Not just in the rescues...but in the daily moments of living. Let all of our senses take him in. Taste and see the Lord is good.
Dare to be different. Different is good! Vs. 13-14 "Keep your tongue from evilTurn away from evil and do good;
You & Me, Lord. It is about relationship. I am yours and you are mine. Vs. 18 "The is near to the brokenhearted
Have optimism. You will have troubles but will not be defeated. Vs: 19-20 "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones;
Just breathe. Vs. 22 "The redeems the life of his servants;" Note the semicolon...not a period. Pause and think. The Lord redeems the life of those who are His. He heals all brokenness. He breathes into us our first breath and celebrates our eternal breath when we choose life in Him. I believe we are souls with temporary bodies...not bodies with temporary souls.
So much packed in just a short passage.
Today, I am grateful for Psalm 34.