The Pastor of my church has issued a challenge – for us to read a psalm (or at least part of one) every night. So the last few nights I’ve been doing that, and God’s already been giving me some new things to ponder.
I’m not going in any particular order, which adds a note of excitement. What did He show me tonight? Well, here’s my reading, Psalm 3.
“LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Arise, LORD! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.”
Now, I have to share that in the last few days I’ve felt overwhelmed by life, physically and mentally exhausted. Reading this Psalm did two things for me: it calmed my spirit and it got me excited. Those might sound opposed to each other, but they actually can work together.
I felt calmed by the idea that God will be there for me during my troubles. David talks a lot aboout that in the Psalms, doesn’t he? As if that wasn’t enough, I saw more – a whole list of promises David claims that God gives to His people. I went slowly, taking them in for myself.
- Be a shield around me
- Lift my head high
- Answer me from His holy mountain
- Sustain me
- Deliver me
- Strike my enemies
- Bless me
Can you feel a sense of excitement bubble up inside you at these truths? The Psalms are loaded with them. And you can get your fill anytime. The question is, are you willing to take up the challenge of daily Psalm reading?