If you can, go outside to read these. Especially Psalm 19. (a bit chilly this morning 🥶)
Psalm 6- a Penitential Psalm
The other day we read Psalm 130. It stuck out in my head because it was the Psalm that talked about The Lord not keeping a record of my sins (like my husband does so that he can bring them up all the time…😂). I liked it so much I did a little more research about it. What I found is there are 7 Psalms that are called “Penitential”. If any of you grew up catholic is might sound familiar. During Lent, these Psalms would be recited as a way for us to recognize and repent of our sin. Go back and read 130 if you want but as you read Psalm 6, think about your view of sin. How easy we rationalize it or dismiss it! Psalm 6 is a better example of how we should bring our confession to the Lord. We will read the other 5 as David begins to fail. (I will point them out as we go)
Psalm 7- A Shiggaion.
We talked about this the other day too, it means to say with intense feeling, wild, strong lament.
I could have used this a few times in my life! Have you ever been falsely accused? I make A LOT of mistakes, I can usually admit it WHILE I am doing it. BUT the one thing I struggle with the most is being accused of doing or saying something I didn’t do.
Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness,
according to my integrity, O Most High.
9 Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
and make the righteous secure—
you, the righteous God
who probes minds and hearts.
Psalm 8- oh my stars…Go outside and look around! Morning readers, day readers, or nighttime readers. Step outside! Read this:
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
This Psalm is quoted both in 1 Cor. 15:27 and Hebrews 2:6
Psalm 10 How often do you think why do bad things happen to good people…as you watch bad people prosper!
Sometimes it is just hard to think God is hidden at times….but He is not! Oh the ending is so good.
Psalm 14– Here is your test for comprehension…Read Verse 7…does it make sense now? (If it doesn’t let me know).
Psalm 16- A Miktam!! In my eyes, this is the opposite of a Shiggoin. Miktam means to cover your lips. This is a silent personal prayer. Try it!!
1 Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
Psalm 19– Doing this read-through is a commitment! It shouldn’t be hard to carve out time for this, but for humans (all of us) we don’t always make it a priority. My hope is that you have fallen in love with God’s Word more than ever. I hope that when you read verse 10 it rings true for all of us, even me, who struggles with Psalms. His words are:
They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
Every time I do a read-through I use a new Bible to see what I underline…EVERY year I have underlined 7-14! It’s just that good.
Psalm 21– David remembered the speak to the Lord NOT just when he was struggling or needing help, but even after victory. Oh, how I talk to God more when I need him than when things are going “good”. I need to work on that!