Today marks the halfway point of our second of fives passes through the Psalms this year. Today we read Psalm 79-81.
This morning we read and meditate on Psalm 79. After I read I’ll sketch several flags in my Bible’s margin with a pencil to represent various “nations.”
“How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever? Will your jealousy burn like fire? Pour out your anger on the nations that do not know you, and on the kingdoms that do not call upon your name! … Why should the nations say, ‘Where is their God?'” (79.5-6,10a)*
About mid-day today we read Ps. 80 and consider it. I’ll bear down with my pencil and draw a boar.
“You brought a vine out of Egypt, you drove out the nations and planted it. … Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit? The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.” (Ps. 80.8,12-13)
Tonight we read Psalm 81 and think about what it says. A basket full of dirt and rock is what I’ll sketch.
“I relieved your shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket. In distress you called, and I delivered you …” (81.6)
* An allusion to Ps. 79.6 appears in 2 Thes. 1.8.