Today is the second day of our second sixty-day trek thru the Psalms (i.e. – the Put a Psalm in My Heart project) and today we read Psalm 6-8.
As for me, this is what I’m concentrating on & sketching as we do today’s reading and reflection:
Tears – “I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.” (Ps. 6.6)
Apparently crying doesn’t make a man lose his man card in God’s eyes. In fact, if the heading of this Psalm speaks truth, then it was a man after God’s own heart – truly a man’s man – that is doing the crying in this psalm. Let God be true and every culture and society be a liars as to what makes a man and comprises masculinity! For God made all men with emotions to feel and express, not forget and excise. Tears then are not a sign of weakness or femininity, but are evidence of genuine and true humanity (cf. the Son of Man weeping – Lk. 19.41-42; Jn. 11.35-36).
A bow & arrow – “If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow; he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts.” (Ps. 7.12-13)
God takes sin deadly seriously. If we do not take sin the way God does, then there will be consequences we will have to pay. God is powerfully patient with us, is marvelously merciful, and loyal in love toward us, but we dare not presume on his patience, mercy, or love and take his guidance for granted or his see his sacrifices for us as insignificant enough to warrant our submission and change.
A human being – “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Ps. 8.4)
In light of the cosmos, why would we, such minuscule matter, matter so to him? Made in his image, we are, and so then, how much more ought we to ever be on our knees before him, worshiping him with all of our being, forever and in all ways.
What portions of these three psalms will you focus on and draw in your Bible or journal?