Good morning Campers…we made it to Friday of the first week of the New Year so here’s a high five and a cup of joe.
If you were sitting across the table from me right now (which I am glad you are not because my devotion times are attended with bed-head hair, remnants of mascara from yesterday mingled with tears and whatever that stuff is that pools in the corners of your eyes in the morning and much much coffee…you might say a prayer for Russ as this is the sight he sees when he heads off to work every morning but I digress…) I would offer you a refill on your cup and I would start yakking your ear off about a study of Psalms I started this week.
It is through some email that came from Lifeway called 40 Days of Prayer by Angela Thomas-Pharr.
Basically I get an email with a couple of Psalms to read and a prayer she has provided each day for 40 days.
Simple and yet powerful.
and accomplishes what He purposed it to do.
So here is a little thought from today’s reading to go along with your imaginary refill…
My Bible notes at the start of Psalm 3 mention that this particular passage is a “Psalm of David when he fled Absalom his son”
And my first pause is to take in the heart of a father as he would be fleeing from his own son.
The betrayal of Absalom was surely attended with great sorrow and questions in the heart of King David.
And yet his heart turned to compose a PSALM…which is, by definition, to play or make music while singing, to sing forth praise.
In the midst of the greatest betrayal of his life, his words reveal where the treasure of his heart was found.
But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts my head. Psalm 3:3
Do you see it?
David’s life wasn’t held up by his being a King or a dad or anything else.
It was the LORD who sustained him.
The other thing that is so interesting is the word Psalm itself.
This word Psalm Is the Hebrew word mizmor which is defined as an instrumental song; a song with words accompanied by music.
I love this.
Because as I am sitting here thinking about how much I love instrumental music, I also realize I have not been given any talent to PRODUCE it.
I need someone else to provide the instrumental part so that I can warble the words part…and hope and pray that everyone else is singing loud enough to cover my voice because I am one of those “joyful noise” people…
And yet God commands in several places in His word that we sing praises to the accompaniment of instruments.
Psalm 98 tells us to Sing to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of a psalm, with trumpets and the sound of a horn…
How like God to set about a way to draw us together in order to praise Him.
I need those who can play the instrument..they need us to sing with them…the Body needs the many parts working together…each doing what he or she was given the resources, talents, giftings, grace to do.
Play your part well today…if you have been given much…give much to the glory of His Name.
God bless you each and every one.
Sing hymns and songs…speak to each other of what the Lord has done in you…give glory to the One and Only God and to His Son who saved us <3