week 1 (trek 3): put a psalm in my heart

Following are my sentence prayers stirred up by this week’s readings in our third trip through the Psalms this year:

Tuesday

Psalm 1 – Lord, let my study of your Law, and my obedience of your Law, always be one to me. (vs.2)

Psalm 2 – Lord, may I never cease to serve you with fear and trembling; never so full of myself that I do not bow to you. (vs.11)

Psalm 3 – Ever restore my courage and grant me fearless sleep, Lord, fearless sleep. (vs.3,5-6)

Psalm 4 – You alone, Lord, keep me perfectly safe, with joy and peace. (vs.7-8)

Psalm 5 – Make your way plain for me to follow, Lord. (vs.8)

Wednesday

Psalm 6 – When I grow impatient to hear from you and see your help, Lord, may my faith in you not fail. (vs.3b,8b-9)

Psalm 7 – Justice is what you demand, Lord, so may I ever do the right thing by all others. (vs.6b)

Psalm 8 – Never let the wonder of you that can be seen in this world be unseen by me, Lord. (vs.9)

Thursday

Psalm 9 – You rule, Lord, forever! (vs.7)

Psalm 10 – Break the power of wicked and evil people, Lord! (vs.15)

Psalm 11 – You see it all in all of us, Lord; you see it all. (vs.4)

Friday

Psalm 12 – Help me take your promises to the bank that is my heart, Lord. (vs.6)

Psalm 13 – When questions about you cloud my mind, Lord, may my singing to you clear the air. (vs.1-2,6)

Psalm 14 – We’re all in the same boat, Lord, and so may I never forget. (vs.2-3)

Saturday

Psalm 15 – May my practice be as good as my promises, Lord. (vs.4)

Psalm 16 – As my future is always in your hands, Lord, grant me this: that I may perceive and feel your steadfast, loving grip on me in each moment. (vs.5)

Psalm 17 – When you come to me at night and examine me completely, Lord, may I be filled with joy, not shame. (vs.3,15)

day 1 (trek 3): put a psalm in my heart

Today, with MoSt Church, we begin our third trek of five, sixty-day walks through the book of Psalms this year.

On our first pass through this land, we noted some things about the lay of the land, the structure and content, of each psalm as we read them (Jan.-Feb.). On our second hike, we literally sketched something we “saw” along our journey (Mar.-Apr.). During┬áthis third walkabout (May-June) let’s compose and write out a single sentence prayer that arises within us from one of the psalms in each day’s reading.

And, of course, I’ll encourage you to do as I do with my reading, namely doing it in a different translation of Scripture than you’ve read before (at least recently). This time through I’ll actually make use of two versions, the GNT (Good News Translation) and the CEV (Contemporary English Version).

Thus far in this project I’ve made daily posts here regarding the Put a Psalm in My Heart project. However, this time through I’ll create weekly posts, usually appearing on Saturdays. Following is this week’s reading schedule:

Tues.; May 1 – Ps. 1-5

Wed.; May 2 – Ps. 6-8

Thurs., May 3 – Ps. 9-11

Fri., May 4 – Ps. 12-14

Sat., May 5 – Ps. 15-17

Remember: compose a single sentence prayer for one of the psalms in each day’s reading.

Grace and peace.

day 60 (trek 2): put a psalm in my heart

When you complete today’s reading and sketching – Psalm 147-150 – you’ll have made it through the entire book of Psalms over the course of the past sixty days. Congratulations!

This morning let’s read Ps. 147. As for me, I’ll sketch some heads of wheat.

“Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! … He makes peace in your borders; he fills you with the finest of the wheat.” (147.12,14)

Around noon today, read Ps. 148-149. I’ll sketch some stars and a tambourine.

“Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars!” (148.3)

“Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!” (149.2-3)

And not long before bedtime tonight, I’ll sketch a pair of cymbals.

“Praise the Lord! … Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!” (150.1a,5)

So, what did you sketch for each of the psalms we read? Here’s a complete list of my sketches of something found in all 150 psalms:

1 – tree (1.3)
2 – rod of iron (2.9)
3 – shield (3.3)
4 – bed (4.4)
5 – pair of eyes (5.5)
6 – tears (6.6)
7 – bow & arrow (7.12-13)
8 – human being (8.4)
9 – heart (9.1)
10 – hand (10.12)
11 – wind (11.6)
12 – tongue (12.3-4)
13 – musical notes (13.6)
14 – bread (14.4)
15 – hill (15.1)
16 – cup (16.5)
17 – apple (17.8)
18 – nose/nostrils (18.8,15)
19 – sun (19.6)
20 – chariot (20.7)
21 – oven (21.9)
22 – lots (22.18)
23 – clump of grass (23.1-2a)
24 – earth/world (24.1)
25 – winding path/way (25.4,8-9)
26 – pair of footprints (26.1,6-7,11-12)
27 – rays of light (27.1)
28 – an ear (28.1-2a)
29 – cedar trees (29.5)
30 – pit (30.3b,9a)
31 – broken vessel (31.12)
32 – bit & bridle (32.9)
33 – harp of ten strings (33.2)
34 – broken heart (34.18)
35 – winking eye (35.19-20)
36 – house (36.7-9)
37 – smoke(37.20)
38 – bones (38.3)
39 – moth (39.11)
40 – scroll (40.7)
41 – heel (41.9)
42 – waterfall (42.7)
43 – altar (43.4)
44 – sword (44.6)
45 – anointing oil (45.7)
46 – spear (46.9)
47 – trumpet (47.5)
48 – towers (48.12)
49 – shepherd’s staff (49.4)
50 – birds (50.11)
51 – snow (51.7)
52 – razor (52.2)
53 – children (53.2)
54 – upheld/supporting hand (54.4)
55 – city (55.9)
56 – bottle (56.8)
57 – clouds (57.10)
58 – snail (58.8)
59 – growl (‘Grrrr’) (59.15)
60 – shoe (60.8)
61 – tent (61.4)
62 – fence (62.3)
63 – king’s crown (63.11)
64 – arrows (64.7)
65 – wagon wheel & tracks (65.11)
66 – net (66.11)
67 – smile (67.1)
68 – reeds (68.30)
69 – poison (69.21)
70 – Aha! (70.3)
71 – lyre (71.22)
72 – flashing word sign, “fame” (72.17)
73 – beast (73.22)
74 – axe (74.5)
75 – pillars (75.3)
76 – gifts (76.11)
77 – lightning (77.18)
78 – grain (78.24)
79 – flags (79.6,10)
80 – boar, pig (80.13)
81 – basket (81.6)
82 – a weak person, hunched over (82.2-4)
83 – dung (83.10)
84 – nest (84.3)
85 – kiss (85.10)
86 – Sheol (86.13)
87 – birth certificate (87.4-6)
88 – grave (88.5,11)
89 – muscular arm (89.13)
90 – mountains (90.2)
91 – lion (91.13)
92 – palm tree (92.12)
93 – belt (93.1)
94 – shovel (94.13)
95 – bowed down (95.6)
96 – forest (96.12)
97 – halo (“saints”) (97.10)
98 – clap (98.8)
99 – cherubim (99.1)
100 – sheep (100.3)
101 – ‘Pssst!’ (101.5)
102 – owl (102.6)
103 – flower (103.15)
104 – flame of fire (104.4)
105 – walking like an Egyptian (“Egypt”) (105.3)
106 – the infinity symbol (106.1,48)
107 – manacles; chain; irons (107.10)
108 – sandal (108.9)
109 – tombstone (109.8)
110 – footstool (110.1)
111 – plateful of food (111.5)
112 – bull’s horn (112.9)
113 – rising/setting sun (113.3)
114 – waves (‘sea’) (114.5)
115 – idols (115.4)
116 – dead body (116.8,15)
117 – crowd of people shouting “Praise the Lord!” (117.1-2)
118 – cornerstone (118.22)
119 – crosshairs (‘fix my eyes’) (119.15)
119 – rope (‘cords’) (119.61)
119 – no turn sign (‘do not turn aside’) (119.102)
119 – puzzled face with a ? mark above the head (‘forget’) (119.139)
119 – clock face (‘watches of the night’) (119.148)
120 – peace symbol (120.7)
121 – moon (121.6)
122 – gates (122.2)
123 – throne (123.1)
124 – snare (124.7)
125 – scepter (125.3)
126 – sheaves (126.6)
127 – quiver (127.5)
128 – vine (128.3)
129 – plow (129.3)
130 – check mark (130.3)
131 – hourglass (‘this time forth and forevermore’) (131.3)
132 – lamp (132.17)
133 – beard (133.2)
134 – “LORD” (134.1-3)
135 – several dead stick figure kings (135.10)
136 – the famous stylized word “LOVE” (136.1,26)
137 – a bare foundation (137.7)
138 – a telephone (138.3)
139 – addition equation total (‘sum”‘) (139.17)
140 – snake/serpent/asp (140.3)
141 – stick figure falling off a cliff (141.6)
142 – prison bars (142.7)
143 – level ground (143.10)
144 – mountain ridge smoking, on fire (144.5)
145 – stick figures, passing on (‘generations’) (145.4,13)
146 – justice scales (‘justice’) (146.7)
147 – wheat (147.14)
148 – stars (148.3)
149 – tambourine (149.3)
150 – cymbals (150.5)

day 59 (trek 2): put a psalm in my heart

We’ve almost completed our sixty-day reading and sketching of the Psalms! Read and mark up Psalm 144-146 today.

Ps. 144 is what I’ll read this morning and smoke on a mountain ridge ablaze will find its way out of the pencil lead.

“Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down! Touch the mountains so that they smoke!” (144.5)

Ps. 145 is what I’ll read at mid-day. A picture of a stick figure passing something on to another stick figure is what I’ll attempt to scratch out in my Bible’s margin. Here’s why:

One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. … Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.” (145.4,13)

Ps. 146 is what I’ll read near the end of this evening. I’ll make an illustration of a set of justice scales.

“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God … who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.” (146.5,7)