day 10 – put a psalm in my heart

Today, we read Psalm 27-29. Try it this way: Ps. 27 this morning, Ps. 28 at noon, and Ps. 29 this evening.

Morning. Psalm 27. Like the psalm preceding it, Ps. 27 is a hybrid, something of a blend of a psalm of confidence/trust and a psalm of lament/cry for help. After you read it, let me encourage you to sing aloud an old, well-known song that echoes not only a verse within it (vs. 11a), but also imitates it in content and style: Teach Me Thy Way.

“Teach me Thy way, O Lord,
Teach me Thy way;
Thy gracious aid afford,
Teach me Thy way.
Help me to walk aright;
More by faith, less by sight;
Lead me with heav’nly light,
Teach me Thy way.

“When doubts and fears arise,
Teach me Thy way;
When storms spread o’er the skies,
Teach me Thy way.
Shine through the cloud and rain,
Through sorrow, toil, and pain;
Make Thou my pathway plain,
Teach me Thy way.

“Long as my life shall last,
Teach me Thy way;
Where’er my lot be cast,
Teach me Thy way.
Until the race is run,
Until the journey’s done,
Until the crown is won,
Teach me Thy way.”

Mid-day. The author of Psalm 28 feels desperately alone – alienated from even his own family (vs. 10) – due to whispering, rumors, false accusations, slander, and lies spread by others about him (vs. 2,6,12). Such has been going on for so long and the psalmist not receiving rescue or relief, that he is concerned that even God himself doesn’t hear his prayers anymore, but has grown deaf to him (vs. 1). And yet, the psalmist continues to pray! Have you ever felt this way? Perhaps even now. Or perhaps you know someone who does now. This psalm can help them process it all and keep walking with God, even though the way be torturous.

Evening. Like Ps. 8 and Ps. 19, Psalm 29 is a hymn. In it we’re called together to worship (vs. 1-2), we do jut that (vs. 3-9), and then we’re dismissed in faith with blessing (vs. 10-11). Picture it like this. Someone calls us via a song of their own to vocalize our affirmation and adoration of God (vs. 1-2). We respond doing just that, with repeated reflections on what we know the voice of the Lord does (vs. 3-9). Then the one who called to us at the start closes the moment with a song of declaration (vs. 10) and benediction (vs. 11). Beautiful; simply beautiful.

* Something you can’t help but enjoy that ties all three of these psalms together – all three conclude with a reference to the strength of God in conjunction with his people (27.14; 28.8; 29.11). Amen.