Reading: Psalms 75-77
We are at the halfway point in our reading this week. I sincerely hope everyone is enjoying these beautiful poems and hymns to God as much as I am!
Click on the link for the reading to read the Psalms for this week. As we read, let us not do so in haste. Take time to read each Psalm at least three times: once to understand the content, once as a poem or song to feel the meaning, and once as a prayer to appropriate the Psalm into your life. There will often be a hymn attached at the bottom of the page that helps bring meaning to one of the Psalms for the week.
PSALM 75: Do Not Boast
A conviction runs through all Scripture that boasting is an offense to the divine majesty, that the arrogance of self-importance and autonomous power stands under the judgment of God. Psalm 75 is a song to praise God who judges the boastful wicked. Whether this image of wickedness is viewed as individuals, institutions or nations, it is well represented in the world today–including in the church. Psalm 75 reminds us that in god’s reign, worldly values are turned upside down. What this reversal means, as the apostle Paul recognized, is this: “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord” (1 Cor 1:31).
PSALM 76: God is Awesome
Psalm 76 praises God for his awesome power over kings and princes and their weaponry. The armaments of the nations are powerless against the wrath of God against the nations’ pretense of power. Salem is an ancient name for Jerusalem. Zion functions in the psalm as a symbol of God’s sovereignty in all times and places. Although nations continue to wage war, in the end, God will reign over his people in peace.
PSALM 77: God’s Footprints Were Unseen
The heart of Psalm 77 is a series of questions that express the most fearful anxiety that can overtake a child of God: Has God abandoned his own once and for all. In despair, the psalmist turns to God’s wondrous past deeds in the creation and the crossing of the Red Sea. Is the psalmist’s hope restored through his review of the past? Although most commentators feel it was, others say the questions are never answered. What do you think?
This is the Psalm in hymn form. Read or sing it through with melody to give the Psalm another dimension.
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