November 30, 2010 * Psalms 94, 61, 112

Psalter

 

Morning

Psalm 94

Psalm 94 is often classified as a psalm of lament. Verses 1-7 call on God for vengeance. Verses 8-15 are addressed to foolish people. Verses 12-15 are addressed to righteous people. Verses 16-23 are addressed to God and assert the psalmist trust in the Lord. The psalmist clearly recognizes the evil in the world but still he remains firm in his belief that God is still the ruler yet.

 

As you watch the news and hear about the troubles of the world are you confident as is the psalmist that God is still in charge?

 

Evening

Psalm 61

Psalm 61 is a cry for help. It contains three petitions (verses 1-2, 4, and 6-7) that are followed by three affirmations of trust or promise of praise (verses 3, 5, and 8). The structure of these petitions and affirmations and promises suggest that they are not sequential but concurrent. References to God as “rock” and “refuge” show God as a source of enduring protection. The psalm shows the psalmist as affirming and trusting in God even though the circumstances the psalmist finds himself in appear to deny the sovereignty of God. This parallels the teaching of Christ about the Kingdom of God being one that we enter into immediately and one that we wait upon. Christians are both a “people of the cross and people of the resurrection.” (J. Clinton McCann, Jr.)

 

What does it mean to you in your everyday life to be both a “people of the cross and people of the resurrection”?

 

Evening

Psalm 112

Psalm 112 is another acrostic poem (as is Psalm 111). It is shares many other similarities with Psalm 111; an acrostic poem, begin with the same phrase (Praise the Lord), and descriptions of both God and those who fear the Lord (their “righteousness endures forever”). This psalm reminds us that faithfulness to God does not insure worldly success and security. True happiness and security are found in being transformed by God’s will and characterized by the fear of the Lord, graciousness, mercy, righteousness, generosity, just, fearlessness in the face of evil, secure and unafraid, and benevolent.

 

How many of these adjectives describe you?

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