day 42 – put a psalm in my heart

Today, the history lover in us continues to relish reflection on what God does for his people … but grieves over of what history tells us we tend to do with him (Psalm 106).

The previous psalm (Ps. 105) ended with a notice of why there is a record of God’s dealing with us and why we’re to rehearse them again and again. “…that they [we] might keep his precepts and observe his laws. Praise the Lord.” (105.45) However, sadly, Ps. 106 relates that both we and those who have gone before us, often fail in this, our mission. We need to be reminded and warned of just how weak and prideful we all are and how we cannot ever afford to ignore or try to live without our Maker and Sustainer.

Perhaps it will help to hear all of this with the words of an old hymn in our head, a hymn that echoes many of this psalm’s same expressions and prayers. The song is Dear Lord and Father of Mankind.

Morning: read Psalm 106.1-5. Let us act justly, ever doing what is right. Or, as in the words of the old hymn: “Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease. Take from our souls the strain and stress, and and let our ordered lives confess, the beauty of thy peace.”

Mid-day: read Psalm 106.6-46. Oh, our foolish ways! “Breathe through the heats of our desire, Thy coolness and thy balm. Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire. Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire. O still small voice of calm.

Tonight: read Psalm 106.47-48.* Lord, do re-clothe us in our rightful mind. Once more, the old hymn says it well: “Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways. Re-clothe us in our rightful mind; in purer lives thy service find. In deeper reverence praise.”

* Note: As today’s evening’s reading is so brief – yet powerful! – and since it collects and connects with Ps. 105, consider taking the time to read Psalm 105-106 as one reading, in review, with an ever so brief Selah (a pause for reflection) between 105 and 106. These two psalms simply go together so well, almost like a two-volume work.