We make, and keep, an appointment with Psalm 82-85 today, and as we do so, we struck again and again with readily memorable images.
Morning: In Psalm 82, God asks “the gods” (vs.1) a question, and then tells them what to do.
“How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?” (vs. 3)
“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (vs. 4)
Mid-day: The next time you see a pile of poo on the ground, a tumbleweed rolling along, or the effects of a “hurricane,” let it prompt you to recall Psalm 83 (vs. 10b, 13a[NIV], 15b[ESV])
The next time you pull into MoSt Church’s parking lot, cast a glance around for birds. Of course, they’re typically all over the birdhouse that stands immediately behind the auditorium’s stained glass window. And it isn’t unusual to spot nests in the trees out front or on the ledge of one of the pillars on the front porch. Then let your thought flit to Psalm 84, specifically vs. 3-4:
“Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young — a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.”
Evening: As you come across the occasional peace symbol on a bumper sticker, T-shirt, or wherever, may you remember Psalm 85 and Scripture’s typical meaning of the word ‘peace’ [not something inside of you so much as your actively turning away from foolish ways and enjoying good]:
“… listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people … but let them not turn to folly.” (vs. 8)
Similarly, whenever you witness, or experience, a kiss, may your spirit be reminded of Psalm 85:
“Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.” (vs. 10)