Sitting in my hotel room in Denver I find myself challenged to maintain the discipline, to keep the dream alive and write. So here’s the 4th installment of our Psalms study. If you’re not enjoying it – that’s okay. I’ll get back to my more traditional style soon enough. But for now, writing weekly and maintaining a daily discipline of being in the Word of God has been extremely beneficial for me and my marriage.
- Psalm 22:11 “Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.“
- We’ve all bee in this place before – of feeling as if we are alone and there is no one around to help us. Sitting in the corner of our bedroom on the floor, crying out to God – “If you’re there and you hear my cries, then show yourself to me! Let me hear your voice, O God!” I love the authenticity of David’s heart in asking the Lord to stay close to him. I relate. Lord, stay close.
- Psalm 23:6 “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.“
- I am terrible at believing the promises of God to be true. One moment I’m singing his praises and the next I am complaining about how difficult making sales is and how hard marriage and family relationships can be. Through conversations with my friend here in Denver we were discussing a simpler way of looking at life – of focusing on each moment of each day and just being present. I think if I were to just be 100% where I’m at all the time and not so consumed with worry about the future, I’d learn to be truly thankful. Thankful for the cup of coffee I enjoyed this morning, the mountains I climbed this afternoon, my wife dancing around like a goofball in our hotel room as I write this making me laugh and pause and thank God for her. Surely, Lord, your goodness will follow me all the days of my life.
- Psalm 24:3-4 “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.“
- For me, this is a good reminder of how holy our God is. I think we often take it for granted that we can communicate with God whenever we want to. There was a time where we needed a priest to intercede on our behalf in the temple. But then came a time where the curtain in the temple was torn in two, Jesus rose from the grave, and became our Savior. The Holy Spirit prays for us when we do not have the words to pray ourselves. And we have an open line of communication the throne-room in Heaven. How cool is that? How mighty is our God? Who can ascend the mountain of the Lord?
- Psalm: 25: 7, 15 “Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good… My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.“
- Aren’t you so thankful there is forgiveness? We’ve all made decisions that were not the greatest. We’ve all done something that we regret. He’s separated our sins from us as far as the East is from the West and remembers them no more. And how true is it that when our eyes are set on the Lord, it is then His strength, guidance, and healing power that releases us from the snare of sin.
- Psalm 26:1 “Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.“
- May this become increasingly true of my life. What a power-statement.
- Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.“
- I don’t know if you’re familiar with me or not, but anything involving waiting is not for me. I hate waiting. Patience is a virtue and I despise it. But how frequently have I attempted to take things into my own hands and then regretted it? How frequently it would have been so much easier if I had just waited for, and then listened to, the Lord? Many, many times. Wait on the Lord, for He is Good and Faithful.
- Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.“
- I am weak, but He is strong. I find rest in His harbors. He keeps the waves from crashing down on the decks of my ship and tossing me into the sea. My heart trusts in Him. I can’t help but tell you that He is Good. So, so Good.
Downtown Denver beckons. St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness need my attention so I must run for now! But I hope these verses encourage you as much as they encouraged me. Please let me know how I can be praying for you and what you’ve been learning in your Psalms Study!