Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bible Reading

A Bible reading plan can be a handy reminder when life gets busy or out of kilter.  The one I’m using now is a chronological plan and I’m finding it interesting – not just to keep events in order – but putting the psalms into specific timeframes in David’s life.

My life has been out of kilter! Not as much as my Beloved Husband’s, subject to ICU monitors pinging at all hours of the day and night with nurses responding, shots given, medication changed – all the things medicine does for us to keep us alive and get us well.

No, my out of kilter existence was being separated from him, traveling back and forth between home and hospital, eating irregularly.  Then, Friday night, being extremely ill myself.  Yes, it is possible to get run down. Excuses pop up saying limited time equals dropping a lot of activities.  Bible reading isn’t one of them! Especially in the psalms, where David speaks to God during all phases of his life.

No, I’m not going to drag out minute examples.  I’m going to focus on a repetitive theme:

O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. (Psalms 95:1-3 KJV)

Seven psalms ask us to sing, to make a joyful noise to our Lord, then they tell us why. Psalms 66, 81, 95, 98 and100 – two of them with two verses.  Go ahead, look them up.  See which one says:

O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:

Or which tells us:

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

David doesn’t say these things just once.  The recur during his lifetime as he served his Lord:

Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Which themes recur in our lives – rejoicing or lamentations? Joy or sorrow? Do we love the Lord with our actions or simply with words in front of people?

Those are decisions we make. Just as whether or not we give our lives to Him.  Personally, I prefer His sustaining hands and promises. I’ll join David in serving the Lord with gladness, and this morning I’m headed to His house to sing His praises.  If you can’t come with me, find Him close and join in, please.

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