day 52 (trek 2): put a psalm in my heart

We complete our reading of Psalm 119 today by reading Ps. 119.145-176.

Let’s read vs.145-160 this morning and vs.161-176 tonight.

Draw the face of a clock in your Bible’s margin. Of course, such a symbol is anachronistic to the original time of this text … but you’ll remember this verse by doing so!

“My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.” (119.148)

day 51 (trek 2): put a psalm in my heart

Psalm 119.105-144 makes up our reading for today: vs.105-120 this morning, vs.121-128 about the middle of the day, vs.129-144 at bedtime. I’ll sketch a face with a ? mark above the head. Here’s why:

“My zeal consumes me, because my foes forget your words. Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it. I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts.” (119.139-141)

day 48 (trek 2): put a psalm in my heart

Our reading of Psalm 119 begins today and will continue through early next week. Today we’ll read and reflect on Psalm 119.1-32 (vs. 1-16 this morning, vs. 17-24 at mid-day, and vs. 25-32 this evening).

As for me, in connection with this reading I’ll sketch a set of crosshairs in my Bible’s margin for I find myself focusing on this particular verse in today’s reading:

“I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.” (119.15)

day 52 – put a psalm in my heart

Today we complete our reading of the longest psalm (Psalm 119.145-176) and the words of songs old and new spring to mind.

“… you teach me your decrees. May my tongue sing of your word …” (vs. 171b-172a)

This morning we read Psalm 119.145-152. “… you are near, Lord …” (vs. 151a)

Nearer, still nearer, close to thy heart,
Draw me my Savior, so precious thou art;
Fold me, O fold me, close to thy breast;
Shelter me safe, in that haven of rest.

At noon we read Psalm 109.153-168. “Great peace have those who love your law …” (vs. 165a)

Peace, perfect peace,
in this dark world of sin:
the blood of Jesus
whispers peace within.

This evening we read Psalm 119.169-176. “May my tongue sing of your word … Let me live that I may praise you …” (vs. 172a,175a)

I sing praises to your name, O Lord,
Praises to your name, O Lord;
For your name is great,
and greatly to be praised.

day 51 – put a psalm in my heart

Today we read Psalm 119.105-144 and focus on three significant thoughts.

Morning: read Psalm 119.105-120.

“Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws.”

True praise of God on your part opens you up to, builds hunger in you, for the Lord to teach you. The first step toward understand what God says is to praise God. Sincere adoration is essential to correct interpretation. Interpretation not bathed in praise is self-deception and self-serving pride.

Mid-day: read Psalm 109.121-136.

“Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them.”

God’s word remains wonderful in our eyes in proportion to the wonder with which we hold him in our sight. The way we think of, and act toward, his word reveals what we truly think of, and act toward, him. We cannot reverence God deeply and not serve him strongly. And so, the feeding of our awe of God is at the center of our following what God has said toward action.

Tonight: read Psalm 119.137-144.

“Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.”

The proof of the pudding is in the eating and the proof of our God’s character is his fidelity to what he has spoken to us. He is passionate about keeping his promises and our passion comes, in part, from discerning the fulfillment of his promises. We love the Lord who cannot lie to us and we must not make ourselves comfortable with any lie within us as to our zeal for him. As we participate in the practice of his promises and thereby, find our passion for him renewed again and again and again.