Today’s Psalm readings: 16, 46, 76, 106, and 136
Today’s Psalm readings were a real blessing and reminded me of the incredible and faithful love of God. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good… Give thanks to the God of heaven, His love endures forever” (PS 136:1,26).
As we begin this morning’s readings, we are reminded of God’s faithfulness through Jesus Christ. Psalm 16 is considered a Messianic Psalm. In Acts 2, Peter reminds us that verses 8-11 are prophetic words of the promise of the coming Messiah. We, of course, know this Messiah to be Jesus. Oh what a faithful God we serve.
Psalm 46 is one of my favorite Psalms. David reminds us of God’s faithfulness as a refuge, strength and an ever-present help in trouble. Notice as you read, the Psalmist is describing furious and very chaotic events in verses 2 and 3. Has your life ever felt out of control? What do you do? You go to God. In verses 4 and 5, the scene changes to a more tranquil scene as we enter into the holy place where the Most High dwells. In His presence are peace and contentment. Be sure and take time to be still and know that he is God.
Psalm 106 is a recounting of Israel’s history and God’s faithfulness in spite of His people’s failures. I found verse 19-21 very sad: “At Horeb, they made a calf and worshiped an idol cast from metal. They exchanged their Glory for an image of a bull, which eats grass. They forgot the God who saved them, who had done great things in Egpyt.” They had the glory of God but instead, they desired an idol formed by man. Be careful not to judge Israel too quickly. We too often exchange the Glory of God for worldly things. How sad to think we might forget the God who has saved us.
These are just a few things that stuck out for me in today’s reading. Finally, in Psalm 136 I was simply reminded to give thanks to the Lord. Even when I’m mired in difficulty or heartache, I can give thanks to my God because His love endures forever. God is remarkably faithful. Even in my faithlessness, doubt, and sin God remains steadfast and faithful. Praise be to the God of heaven.