day 22 – put a psalm in my heart

Psalm 59-61 is what we’re into today.

Morning. Psalm 59 is a psalm concerning an individual’s grief/lament, and what a load of troubles are his. If you were in this person’s shoes, how would you face such? We know how this psalmist faced it all: they started singing of God’s love, strength, and protection when they first got up each morning. This is right worship of God, practical mental health exercise, and a part of a solid pro-active plan to face the burdens of the day well. Terrible troubles (vs. 1-15). Fantastic response: “But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.” (vs. 16-17)

Mid-day. A psalm of a community grieving/lamenting is what Psalm 60 is about. Desperate times call for … bold faith! And that is what we have here from the start: “You have rejected us, God … now restore us!” (vs. 1) And it only gets better. For great pressure calls for … eyes to see afresh what you might have forgotten. “… human help is worthless.” (vs. 11) Wow.

Tonight. In Psalm 61 we overhear another individual grieve/lament. Beginning, middle, and end – this psalm inspires. “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. … I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings … I will ever sing in praise of your name and fulfill my vows day after day.” (vs. 1,4,8)