C2C June 12-18

June 12 — Waiting on God — Psalms 20-26.  There are some very familiar psalms in our reading for today.  Psalm 22 is a song of lament because of affliction.  Parts of it are quoted often in the Gospel’s story of Jesus’ crucifixion, like dividing His garments and casting lots for them (Ps. 22:18; Matt. 27:35), wagging mocking heads (Ps. 22:7; Matt. 27:39), trusting with delight in God for deliverance (Ps. 22:8; Matt. 27:43), and asking why God had forsaken Him (Ps. 22:1; Matt. 27:46).  There is also David’s statement that “they have pierced my hands and feet” (Ps. 22:16), which fits the crucifixion of Jesus (Matt. 27:35).  But the psalm reminds us later that God has not abandoned His own who are suffering: “He has not hidden his face from him, but has heard” (22:24).  God’s loving presence through suffering is repeated in the next familiar psalm, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death … you are with me” (23:4).  If you are walking in a dark shadow today, be assured that God is still with you and cares for you.  He has not abandoned you but is using time and circumstances to work out what is best for you.  Be confident that “you are the God of my salvation,” therefore “for you I wait all the day long” (Ps. 25:5).

June 13 — Covered — Psalms 27-32.  There are many great things in our passage for today.  God’s Word is so rich!  One thing that struck me was the use of the word “cover” in a contrast between trying to hide my sin from God vs. having God hide my sin in His forgiveness.  “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered … I acknowledged my sin to you, and did not cover my iniquity …” (32:1, 5).  We need to develop a habit of immediately admitting to God individual, specific sins that we commit.  “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn. 1:8-9).

June 14 — Praise in Pain — Psalms 33-36.  Ps. 34 is probably my favorite psalm.  It begins with the desire and intent to exalt God (“I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth”—v. 1), and continues to encourage others to join in (“Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!”—v. 3).  It challenges those on the outside of this level of appreciation to “taste and see that the LORD is good!” (34:8).  But it also recognizes that although a godly life often contains hardship (“brokenhearted … crushed in spirit” [34:18]), God is near to them and will ultimately provide deliverance (34:19).  Are you in emotional or physical pain today?  Let it remind you that praise of Him should be on your lips.

June 15 — Delight — Psalms 37-40.  It is interesting to me how many times the word “delight” is used in our reading for today.  We are told to “delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (37:4).  When our “delight” is in God, the “desires” of our hearts will not be selfish.  The meek shall “delight themselves in abundant peace” (37:11).  The delight from peace is better than delight from things.  “The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way” (37:23).  When we desire to follow God, He will show us the way.  “I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart” (40:8).  When we memorize and meditate on the Word of God, He helps us to become willing to obey.

June 16 — Psalms’ Structure — Psalms 41-47.   You might notice in your translation at the beginning of Ps. 42 that it is the beginning of Book 2.  Psalms is divided into five books.  The first book is a collection of psalms written by David.  In Book 2 (Ps. 42-72) we see other authors: sons of Korah, one by Asaph, one by Solomon, and more by David.  As you will notice in our reading for today, many psalms have different “flavors.”  In Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart’s book, “How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth,” they list various kinds of psalms.  There are psalms of personal and corporate lament (e.g., Ps. 42), of thanksgiving (Ps. 40), of praise (Ps. 33), of celebration (Ps. 45-47), of wisdom (Ps. 37), and of trust (Ps. 62).

June 17 — Sacrifices — Psalms 48-52.  What God wanted from Israel is exactly what He wants from us: heartfelt worship and obedience.  After showing the limited aspects of ritual animal sacrifice at the beginning of Ps. 50, the psalmist points to God’s primary desire: sacrifices of thanksgiving and obediently keeping one’s vows (50:14).  The same thanksgiving and obedience (one who “orders his way rightly”) are repeated in 50:23.  A heartfelt approach to God in worship is summarized in Ps. 51:17, “… a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”  We thankfully worship and obey God because “Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised” (48:1).

June 18 — Lament — Psalms 53-59.  The psalms of David we read today fall in the category of “lament.”  The dictionary defines “lament” as a passionate expression of grief or sorrow.  We lament in various circumstances.  There was some lamenting recently in the memorial service for my sister Ruby but there was also joy.  There is a difference for people who trust in God—we can lament and trust at the same time.  Whether it is “an enemy who taunts me” (55:12) or “my familiar friend … who deals insolently with me” (55:13), you can “cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you” (55:22).

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