day 5 – put a psalm in my heart

Today’s reading consists of Psalm 15-17.

Morning: Psalm 15. Picture yourself entering the Temple in Jerusalem. Imagine Psalm 15 being sung and reverberating out onto the courtyards as you walk up. This question is in your head: who am I to worship God? Or to put it another way: what connection is there between how I’ve been going/living and what I’m doing here now, “going to worship?”

This psalm provides the answer; it connect the dots between “worship” and “everyday living.” How you live expresses who you truly worship for godly living is worship. Compare this psalmist’s words with the words of some of God’s prophets elsewhere (e.g. – Isa. 1.12-17; Jer. 7.1-15; Amos 5.21-24; Micah 6.6-8).

Mid-day: Psalm 16. Note the opening verses (vs. 1-2). Ask yourself: What does it mean for me consider God as my “Lord?” To see him as my “refuge?” To truly look to him as the source of every “good thing” in my life? Ps. 16 tells us all. And so, if Ps. 15 would be helpful addition to your list of things to memorize in life, Ps. 16 is an especially fine matter to meditate on often.

For example, consider vs. 8a: “I will keep my eyes always on the Lord.” Memorize that sentence now. Repeat it to yourself throughout today. Mull it over. Delve into how it is your personal declaration of trust in God in every situation … that you may act on it. “I will keep my eyes always on the Lord.”

Night: Psalm 17. By now we are familiar with the subjects embodied in psalms like Ps. 17. That is, we too frequently find ourselves in trouble and we frequently call on God for help in those times. Er, don’t we? And if we do constantly and consistently cry out to him in our troubles, what ought to accompany our cries?

As we take our matters of “deep water” to God (vs. 1-14), may we find our determination for him, and our declarations of him, present, too (vs. 15). As readily as we bring petitions to the Lord, may we offer up our praise as well. And it is our determination to, and declaration of, praise of God that is to have the final say in our life. We will say: “I will take my issues to the Lord in prayer, but I refuse to let my problems or difficulties take his place.” And so, this psalm’s very structure, as well as its contents, calls us to ask ourselves: which honestly looms larger in our eyes?

You can read these psalms Psalm 15-17.