Reading: Psalms 91-93
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 91: My Refuge and My Fortress
Psalm 91 consists of an eloquent profession of faith followed by a divine speech that confirms the faith of the psalmist. We should turn to it again and again to re-enforce our confidence in God. Our hymn for the week is a great companion to this psalm. We cannot, however, misinterpret these words to mean that God’s angels will protect us from all harm. The devil tried that when he encouraged Jesus to jump from the pinnacle of the Temple. Jesus said that to do so would be to test God rather than to trust Him. This psalm instead reminds us that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God” (Rom. 9:39).
PSALM 92: But You, O Lord, Are Exalted Forever!
The creation of the world and the salvation of the people of the Lord are, together, assurance that life belongs to the righteous and not to the wicked. The sovereignty of the Lord will be vindicated in human life just as it has been in cosmos and history. This is the lesson of Psalm 92. The affirmation of God’s rule challenges us to find our security in God. According to the Heidelberg Catechism, the Fourth Commandment requires that one “cease from my evil works all the day of my life, allow the Lord to work in me through his spirit, and thus begin in this life the eternal Sabbath” (Question 103). In recognizing and yielding to God’s rule, we experience at once the eternal Sabbath, the peace God intends and will bring about.
PSALM 93: The Lord Reigns
This hymn evokes for the imagination a word picture of the One who cannot be represented by images. The king is clothed, not with a garment, but with majesty and power; his attributes are for him what splendid royal robes for an earthly king. His reign is not measured in years but spans all of time. His place is “on high” above and beyond all place as human beings know space. His house expresses in its architecture the very quality of divine holiness. Our culture teaches that there is no need to talk about God. God is a projection either of our own guilt or of our own will to power, and it is really we who are in control of the world and of our destinies for good or ill. Because of the temptation to accept this world view, it is crucial that our worship incorporates the fundamental message of Psalm 93: God reigns.
This is the Psalm in hymn form. Read or sing it through with melody to give the Psalm another dimension.
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