day 23 – put a psalm in my heart

Keep company with Psalm 62-64 with me today, won’t you?

Morning. Psalm 62 is a psalm of confidence and trust. The author declares their trust in God (vs. 1-2,5-7) and calls on others to do the same (vs. 8). “My refuge”/”our refuge.” Who, today, will you call on to trust the Lord?

Mid-day. Psalm 63 is another confidence/trust psalm. For some of us it is surely quite difficult to read this psalm and not try to sing it. Think Keith Lancaster/Acappella. “Your love is better than life.” (vs. 3a) Sing this song aloud and deliberately get it song stuck in your head today, coming back to it again and again. What effect will you let it have on you?

Tonight. Psalm 64 is an individual’s psalm of complaint/lament to God and the story within it all turns on how others talk about, and speak to, this psalm’s author. Contrary to a something we likely learned as children, words can hurt as much as sticks and stones. Indeed, they can be just as deadly and can come at us with just as much stealth! “Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.” (vs. 6b) How will you speak of, and speak to, others today? Watch and pray, lest you you become Satan’s tool.

* The thread of thought that connects these three psalms is obvious. Consider these these three lines: (a) “You [God] reward everyone according to what they have done.” {62.12; a verse alluded to 3x in the New Testament}; (b) “… all who swear by God will glory in him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.” {63.11}; and (c) “He [God] will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin.” {64.8}