Wow! My 100th blog! I cannot believe it.
The Psalms are small capsules full of insight into the lives of various writers, but mostly David. This morning, I read several psalms, 34-38, and as I read them, I discovered where several Christian songs get their wording.
For example, Third Day (and probably others) sings a beautiful song from Psalm 36.
Lord, Your faithful love (reaches) to heaven,
Your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountain:
Your judgments, like the deepest sea.
Psalm 34 speaks of our need to praise the Lord at all times. David writes, “His praise will always be on my lips. I will boast in the Lord.” He exhorts all believers to “proclaim with me the Lord’s greatness, let us exalt His name together.”
But like David, I stumble and fall. David wrote about such a time in Psalm 38 when he said, “For my sins have flooded over my head; they are a burden too heavy for me to bear.” Have you every felt like that? I know that I have!
In the same psalm David wrote this, “Lord, my every desire is known to You, my sighing is not hidden from You.” I cannot run from the Lord when I fall. He already knows that I have stumbled and fallen.
But in another psalm David instructs us to wisdom, “Trust in the Lord and do what is good…take delight in the Lord…Commit your way…trust in Him…refrain from anger and give up your rage…for the humble will inherit the land and will enjoy abundant prosperity.” He states in vs. 18 that “their inheritance will last forever.”
It is this hope that carries me through those times when I stumble. I know that the Lord will help me and deliver me. I just need to take refuge in Him.
Have you taken that step? Have you accepted the forgiveness that Jesus offers? If not, do so today.