day 9 – put a psalm in my heart

Three Psalms are before us today: Psalm 24-26.

Morning. Psalm 24. Much like Ps. 15, Ps. 24 is a psalm of worship. Imagine walking into a corporate worship setting with this psalm in your head or hearing it being read. Consider preparing for “going to church” the next day by meditating on this psalm the day before. Ask yourself as the psalmist does: “Who is this King of glory?” (vs. 8) Worship God.

Mid-day. Psalm 25 is a plea for God’s help, in alphabet form. Like the author of Ps. 9-10 this psalmist has so mulled over what they want to request of God that they have structured things so that each line of their plea begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet (an acrostic). “See how numerous are my enemies and how fiercely they hate me. Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.” (vs. 19-20) Trust God.

Night. Psalm 26 is a blend of the two preceding psalms, functioning as both a psalm of worship (“Lord, I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells” – vs. 8) and a plea for help (“Vindicate me, Lord … Do not take away my soul along with sinners …” – vs. 1a,9a). The psalmist doesn’t brag but, the psalmist doesn’t hesitate to pronounce in what ways they believe they do indeed have integrity and so, seek to “move” God to act on their behalf. They have some brass in their pocket, and so, seek the Lord to give them some of his attention, if you please. Petition God.