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Psalm 138

29 Jun

I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart; I will sing your praises before the gods. I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name. As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength. Every king in all the earth will thank you, Lord, for all of them will hear your words. Yes, they will sing about the Lord’s ways, for the glory of the Lord is very great. Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud. Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me. The Lord will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.

Psalm 138

Dear God, I am struck with the thought that David was this great king whom the people loved. He was great in battle. We don’t hear much about his wisdom as a judge, but we also don’t hear about corruption so I assume he was okay there. He was all these things, but the dimension of his life that set him apart was that he was a lover of you. He was humble enough to absolutely love and honor his God.

Some examples: He wrote psalms like this. He declared your name before Saul and Goliath on the day he defeated Goliath. He danced foolishly in front of everyone when they brought the Ark of the Covenant into town. He refused to kill Saul when he had the chance (twice) because you had anointed him. He was willing the cede power to Absolom if that was what you willed.

Father, no matter what I accomplish or do, I hope I will be remembered as a person who was a lover and worshipper of you. Let there be no doubt that I love you. I am flawed and imperfect. I make many mistakes and I miss multiple opportunities every day to honor and glorify you. But you are my God, you love me, and I love you. Thank you for everything.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2018 in Psalms

 

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