The unpredictability of the Psalms. That gets me. This Psalm starts immediately with my OneWord, “Sing joyfully . . .” I, of course, love that. And it grabs my attention. Especially because it has been more than a week since my last Bible study. (Something I continue to work on to improve.) I find the Psalms generally fall into two categories. Joy/Praise/Thanksgiving and Help/Woe/Plea. A gross generalization to be sure, but with a significant grain of truth.
And in these categories, the writers touch on almost every aspect of our life, whether it is individual or community, sickness or health, or even the omnipotent power of God vs the power of a king or servant. I love that.
My wife is a musician, and I love that she plays worship songs, and secular music. Me? I can’t carry a tune. So I just carry her instruments for her instead. I do make love to make a joyful noise on Sundays and when no one is listening. I really like that music is a interwoven throughout the Bible.
In verse 8, David writes, “Let all the earth fear the Lord, let all the people of the world revere Him.” This jumped out to me. I focused on him writing that God is for everyone, not just Israel. This is reinforced in the new testament that Jesus came to save the world. Here in the old testament, David is also inviting the world. A bit controversial because the Israelites believed their God was only for them. The world did not listen to what David was saying. Still doesn’t actually. People believe in . . . oh I really don’t know everything they believe in. It means, we have Christians still have our work cut out for us.
The Psalm closes with a new favorite verse, verse 21.
“In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.”
Ain’t that the truth. If we trust, we have joy. And if we have the Holy Spirit in our heart, it can’t help but rejoice. Love it.
Wow, I just notice it has been 11 days since my last study. I have to do better.