chronological day 193 :)

One Psalm today, but it’s a long one!  Here we go with Psalm 119!  So many items to highlights and truth to take away…. Hard to pick only a few!

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“I’m homesick, longing for Your salvation” (119:81 MSG)

Do I long for God like I long for home? Do I miss Him when I stray? Lord, help me to be faithful to You!

“Great peace have they who love Your law, and nothing shall offend them” (119:165 KJV)

Taking up an offense can stop us in our tracks, completely our progress. David writes in another psalm about the “wounds of a friend being faithful” (I wrote about that too if you want to check it out here).  However, if your focus is the Word of God, loving Scripture and applying it to your life, the result of that dedication will be great peace – and who couldn’t use a little peace?

chronological day 192 :)

Today we’ll read Psalms 115, 116, 117, and 118.  Do you ever read the Psalms (or any Scripture) aloud?  We haven’t gotten there yet, but Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (not sure that’s what that verse references, but hearing aloud can make a difference!).  Here’s what I’m thinking about today:

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“thank God because He’s good, because His love never quits!” (Psalm 118:1 MSG)

Not because I feel like it, not because He has offered the proof I want to see, not because htings are going “my way” – but thank Him because He IS GOOD.  HE IS GOOD on days that I judge to be good and HE IS GOOD on days that I judge to be bad. God’s goodness is a fact, not a feeling!

Are you confessing it in faith?

Thank you for sharing, Brian – what a valuable reminder!

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CONFESSING IT IN FAITH:

When I was a young child I hated it when I would ask for something and I was told no. Before asking my parents for something I would say over and over again, “please say yes, please say yes, please say yes”. Or, I would say, “it’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen, it’s gonna happen”. No matter what it was I always tried to believe it would come true. Sometimes it would. Sometimes it wouldn’t. Even at a young age I felt if I believed hard enough it would come true.

Over the years I noticed that things didn’t come true as I wanted them too. As I was struggling with this the Lord spoke to me. He shared with me that, I was standing on my word and wants, not His. By standing on my own words or wants I’m always gonna be disappointed. Scripture…

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chronological day 191 :)

We are going to read Psalm 107, 111, 112, 113, and 114 today.  What stands out to you?  Here’s my take-a-way for the day!

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“Hallelujah!
I give thanks to God with everything I’ve got—
Wherever good people gather, and in the congregation.
God’s works are so great, worth
A lifetime of study—endless enjoyment!
Splendor and beauty mark his craft;
His generosity never gives out.
His miracles are his memorial—
This God of Grace, this God of Love” (Psalm 111:1-4 MSG)

I love these Psalms that recount history and count God faithful and kind and generous. When we read the Old Testament, God might not seem kind and loving, but He always was. All of those histories were about restoration.  All of those histories were about love.  All of those histories were about bringing His children back close to Him. God was and is kind, even to today.

chronological day 190 :)

Good morning! Let’s read Psalm 105 and 106 today.  Here’s what I am thinking about today:

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“Thank God! Pray to Him by name!
    Tell everyone you meet what He has done!
Sing Him songs, belt out hymns,
    translate His wonders into music!” (Psalm 105:1 MSG)

Both of these psalms recount the past, reminding Israel of their history.  God was always kind and always will be.

“Thank God! And why?
    Because He’s good, because His love lasts.
But who on earth can do it—
    declaim God’s mighty acts, broadcast all is praises?
You’re one happy man when you do what’s right,
    one happy woman when you form the habit of justice” (Psalm 106:1-3 MSG)

It’s good to look back and remember – as long as the remembering pushes you forward, not traps you in the past.

chronological day 189 :)

Please read Psalm 98, 99, 100, 102, and 104. I’m back to the NKJV for the familiarity of these favorites.  What stands out to you this morning?

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“You answered them, O Lord our God; You were to them the God-Who-Forgives, though You took vengeance on their sins” (psalm 99:8 NKJV)

This verses specifically references Moses and Aaron. God was always forgiving, always faithful, always desiring to restore. Sometimes we say “the God of the Old Testament” and the “God is the New Testament”, but that’s wrong – it’s not 2 different gods. God was and is always the same.  If the writers of the psalms (David, Solomon, Moses, Asaph, Ethan and others), judged God kind and forgiving, we must accept their wisdom – they LIVED THROUGH the rough years of the Old Testament, and still judged God to be loving and worthy of our worship.

Thank You Lord!

chronological day 188 :)

Continuing with the psalms – let’s get it done!  Please read Psalm 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, and 97.  Throughout all of the psalms, we are learning how to pray, how to praise.  There’s a little controversy about whether Psalms is the longest (it’s divided into 5 books, so some scholars say that Jeremiah is longer…. okay, so it’s a very little controversy, LOL!). At any rate, a great deal of time is spent here in Psalms – must mean that learning to pray and praise is super important – but we knew that part already!

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I like how the message translates this:

“How blessed the man you train, GOD, the woman you instruct in your Word, Providing a circle of quiet within the clamor” (Psalm 94:12-13 MSG)

I like the mental picture – as we submit to God’s training, He provides a circle of quiet… I think I’ve experienced that circle of quiet, have y’all?  Take a deep breath – studying the Word can turn our clamor into calm. 

chronological day 187 :)

A few random chapters today!  Please read Psalm 1, 2, 10, 33, 71, and 91.  I do love Psalm 91 – that’s one of my favorites! What are you circling today?

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Well, in the middle of my year with the message translation, most days the psalms make me go back to the NKJV! I want to read these familiar friends in familiar language! But a couple of phrases I really like in the MSG:

“if you make a run for God—you won’t regret it!” Psalm 2:12 MSG

“GOD ’s grace and order wins” Psalm 10:16 MSG

Every time, God’s grace wins every time.  Without exception, every time.  Thank You, Lord!

chronological day 186 :)

Please read Psalm 47, 48, 49, 84, 85, and 87.  Do you have a favorite psalm?  Have you discovered a psalm that is new to you as we’ve read together this year?  Here’s one of my highlights from today:

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“We pondered Your love-in-action, God, waiting in your temple: Your name, God, evokes a train of Hallelujahs wherever it is spoken, near and far; Your arms are heaped with goodness-in-action.” (Psalm 48:9-10 MSG)

I love the mental picture there: God’s arms HEAPED with goodness IN ACTION”. Not just goodness, ready to give us good things – goodness in action, ready to do good things and give us good things to do in His Name!

chronological day 185 :)

A few Psalms today!  Please read Psalm 42, 43, 44, 45, and 46.  Though I am mostly reading from the Message translation this year, I like to compare the NKJV (another favorite) sometimes.  What’s your favorite translation?

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Where the NKJV says “I remember”, the MSG says “I rehearse”.  Look at how this one word changes the feel of the verse in a good way:

“I rehearse everything I know of you” (Psalm 42:6)

Rehearse means to preparepractice, read through, run through/over, go over. I like the idea that we can rehearse everything we know about God – especially because I tend to “rehearse” and “replay” all my failures or regrets. We need to replay or rehearse God’s faithfulness!

Let’s try it: God is good, kind, generous, loving, patient, wise. God is good, kind, generous, loving, patient, wise. God is good, kind, generous, loving, patient, wise…. What do you know of God?  Do you need to remind yourself of these traits and rehearse?