day 29 – put a psalm in my heart

Psalm 75-77 make up today’s meditation.

Morning. Psalm 75 is about a group of people who are thankful to God (vs. 1a,9) and rehearse some of who he is to them (vs. 1b): the God who does what is right. That is, “No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves. He brings one down, he exalts another. … [he] ‘cuts off the horns of all the wicked, but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.'” (vs. 6-7,10)

Ask yourself: “Where would this world be without the living God’s involvement in both justice and mercy?”

Mid-day. In Psalm 76 one leads others in contemplating God (vs. 1a), who dwells with his people in the mountain city of God, Zion/Jerusalem (vs. 2). Once more, God is declared to be the judge of all, doing the right thing by all. To wit: “God, rose up to judge, to save all the afflicted of the land.” (vs. 9b-10)

Ask yourself: “How do I see God acting in the world today? Do I take note only of matters that keep me waiting and asking, ‘How long, O Lord?”

Tonight. Here, in Psalm 77, a person too deeply troubled to speak (vs. 4), finally speaks of their torturous journey of grief before God (vs. 1-9). And, how it was the memory of what God has done in times past (vs. 10-20) that saw them through it all. Thus, their perspective of God refreshed, they found strength in spirit to go on. “Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God?” (vs. 13)

And so, ask yourself: “Have I forgotten about, or grown indifferent toward, the times it was God himself who strengthened me in times past and brought this far in life?”