Today. Three Psalms to ruminate on and write about. Psalm 86-88. But, let’s mix it up a bit today, changing up the order of the reading.
Get going. Can you relate to Psalm 86? You’ve been powerfully rescued, but troubles remain.
As for me, I’ll illustrate a sign with the word ‘Sheol’ crossed out on it as I consider this psalm.
“I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.” (86.13)
Keep going. Psalm 88 is a tough psalm, the “darkest” of all the psalms. Let it remind you that there are people all around you carrying extremely heavy burdens and you may not even realize it. Or if it is you who is so weighed down that you fumble for words, perhaps this psalm can help you find expression for your groans. Be honest with God.
As I read this psalm, I’ll draw a grave.
“I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am a man who has no strength, like one set loose among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, like those whom you remember no more, for they are cut off from your hand.” (88.4-5)
Go to bed. Psalm 87. The last verse says it all, doesn’t it! Let the images that closing verse conjures up fill your mind as you prepare to sleep.
But, I’ll sketch a register list in my Bible’s margin. 🙂
“The Lord records as he registers the peoples, ‘This one was born there.’ [Selah]” (87.6)