day 18 (trek 2): put a psalm in my heart

As we read Psalm 47-49 today, may doing so move your hands as well as your heart, so as to help draw more of God’s light into your life.

Morning. Psalm 47. In your mind, let your hands be filled with a trumpet.

“God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!” (47.5-6)

Noon. Psalm 48. Run your hands over the surface of a strong tower.

“Walk about Zion, go around her, number her towers, consider well her ramparts, go through her citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever.” (48.12-14)

Night. Psalm 49. Hold up your hands as your consider the sheep!

“This is the path of those who have foolish confidence; yet after them people approve of their boasts. [Selah] Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol; death shall be their shepherd, and the upright shall rule over them in the morning. Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell. But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me.” (49.13-15)

day 18 – put a psalm in my heart

Psalms are for doing as well as reading. As we read Psalm 47-49 today, my observations here will focus on identifying two healthy things we can do in relation to each psalm. This is a good habit for us to form as we read through any and every psalm.

This morning. Psalm 47; an enthronement hymn. I can “sing praises to God … our King, sing praises” (vs. 6) as I remind myself that God is “the King of all the earth” and “God reigns over the nations” (vs. 7-8).

Mid-day. Psalm 48; a Zion psalm. I can “meditate” on God’s “unfailing love” (vs. 9) and ” tell … the next generation” about God being “our guide even to the end.” (vs. 13b-14)

Tonight. Psalm 49; a wisdom psalm. I can “incline my ear to a proverb” of wisdom (vs. 4) and put fear in its place in my life, that is, out of it (vs. 5).