Going Deeper 3/6/2019

The Psalm for Lent 1...
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16   You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,  will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust." ...   Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.  For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.  On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.  You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.  Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name.  When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them.  With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.

If you desire clear and consistent expressions of theological truth, don't look to the Psalms!  If you are looking for expressions of human emotions, from songs of praise to cries of desperation--and pretty much everything in between-- look to the Psalms!  Pretty much everything we experience and feel along our earthly journey is expressed in the Psalter (a fancy name for the collection we call the book of Psalms).

Psalm 91 is an expression of trust in God.  It is a good Psalm to use in times of threat and stress, expressing confidence in the enduring strength of God.  How powerful it can be for us to remind ourselves that our God is with us and has promised to deliver and protect!  

However, as we know, there are times when things fall apart.  Psalm 22 can give expression to our sorry and pain.  (Jesus used it on the cross!)  Maybe we fall and need a way of expressing our guilt and asking for grace.  There are Psalms for that... Psalm 51 comes to mind.  But there are times when we want to express gratitude for the grace and deliverance of God.  Psalm 21 works well for that.  If you need help expressing your feelings when the stresses and threats have worn you down, there are plenty of those as well, such as Psalm 69.

The Psalter is a great resource, providing words that can speak whatever we are feeling in our hearts at all times and in all seasons!

With You in Him,
Mark