Psalm 3

“A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.”

Psalm 2

We fear or hate what we misunderstand;
  You are feared and hated like me.
But I know You better – You show me better
  when You reveal Yourself in rescue.
My cries are heard, my prayers answered.
  The rhythm of my days belongs to You.
I see trouble approaching from all sides,
  but my fear is overcome – You are here!
You will deliver, You will save
  because I belong, heart and soul,
to You.

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Psalm 2

“God’s Promise to His Anointed”

Psalm 2

Why does the world mistake freedom for slavery
  and slavery for freedom?
Why do we forget that God is in charge?
  God the One who made us who we are,
   and what!
How long will we refues to see?
  How long will we wait?
Acknowledge your King and Maker.
  May it go well with you.
We rule with His favour, we rise
  and fall. Let us serve.

Psalm 1

By way of introduction, I am posting a Psalm every few days, and after the Psalm, a short poem reiterating the Psalm as a way of applying it to myself. I hope you find it useful!

Psalm 1

My joy is in the voice of my God;
  No other sound will bless me.
I have stopped up the words of death
  to hear Your words only.
I will cling to Your voice, my God;
  I will bathe in Your words.
They refresh me like water;
  They cause me to grow and flower.
Speak Your blessing words of judgment;
  Be Just in Your speech, that
We Might Live.

A New Beginning (again?)

Over the last few days I’ve been thinking of how I could maintain some sort of regular blog without doing the same old thing, blogging through the Bible.

In the spirit of newness, I’ve decided to work my way through the Psalms. The Psalms have provided Christians throughout the centuries with a vast storehouse of worship material, lament, joyful utterance, and emotional vent. I’m going to work through a small poem for each of the Psalms. This may not be a daily devotion, as there are only 150 Psalms and 365 days, but I will try to be as regular as possible.

Feel free to join me in praying the prayerbook of the ages.

The End

Well, today is the first day I haven’t blogged a prayer, a Bible verse, and a short meditation in the last 365 days. It feels kind of weird. I thought that this day would be more liberating, that I would be able to look back with both pride and relief at the last year. And I do.

But deep down, I’m going to miss this. People have been asking me if this has changed me. I don’t know if I’d say I’m a changed man because of the blogging per se, but I have experienced the benefits of doing something beneficial in an habitual way. It’s really made me think about how my life is structured, how my days go by. It’s been good that way.

Blogging every day has really been tough sometimes. There were weeks I was going on holidays, and so had to blog a week early. It made me think hard about every day, to ensure I had done what needed to be done.

I believe this year has been a year of spiritual growth as well. It’s hard to be in the word of God every day and not grow! More than that, I’ve seen how God is able to speak through the scriptures. Each day I’ve seen God able to connect First and Second Testaments in ways that I certainly didn’t expect!

One of the things I learned was how little my friends know about the internet! Most assumed I was up before five, and didn’t understand the simple coding involved in blogging a hyperlink. But that was fun! I loved explaining those little things. It was great.

In the end, this has been a good year for me. It’s been good for me, and I hope it’s been good for you.

I have no idea what’s ups for this year, but I’ll keep you in the know!

Blessings,
Mike

Failure and Success

Day 365

Prayer for the day

Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to another. Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born, from age to age you are God.

Scripture for the day

Malachi 1-4, Revelation 22

The end of each Testament bears witness to success, and to failure. The end of the First Testament, the book of Malachi, bears witness to the failure of the people of God to adequately worship their God. They fail to sacrifice properly, fail to pray properly, fail to intercede properly. They do not call out to God properly, nor do they understand how God desires them to live.

Their failure is ultimately a misunderstanding of what success truly is: success, according to Malachi, is faithfulness. Success is refusing to search elsewhere for the relationship that God has established with the people of Israel. Success is living as God’s people, according to God’s desires. Success is becoming the people God created them to be.

There are a few, says Malachi, who will remain, a few who will be the faithful remnant, who will be the ones who will succeed according to God’s benchmark. They will succeed by loving God and one another.

In the book of Revelation, defines failure clearly. Failure belongs to those those who “practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” Failure belongs to the people who have refused to follow the law of God.

Success, according to John, belongs to the one who is faithful to God. Success belongs to the one who worships God. Success belongs to the one who follows Christ, who remains true to the end, to the one who belongs to God.

On this, the last day of the year, will you choose to be one who succeeds, or will you succumb to failure? The choice is yours.

All Things New

Day 364

Prayer for the day

Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.

Scripture for the day

Zechariah 13-14, Revelation 21

The day of the LORD. It’s a recurring theme as we move toward the end of the scriptures. The day of the LORD is an unknown day in the future, a day that may have already happened but will happen more fully in the future, a day of fear and joy mixed together. It is the day when all things are put into their proper place, when all things are made new. It is the day of redemption and re-creation, the day when God sets things right.

In Zechariah, this is a fearful and yet eventually wonderful day. Eventually, it is the day when the people of God belong to God, and when God belongs to the people. It is a day when God will say “they are my people” and the people will answer “YHWH is our God.” This is the day when the people will finally recognize who they are, when God will declare who they are for everyone to hear, and they will, in the end, live up to the name.

In Revelation, the same thing is declared! God’s people are God’s people, and God is their God. God works out his program for re-creation, for new creation, and as he does so, the identity of the people of God is clarified. When this identity is declared, there is a new place for us to stay, a new creation for us to inhabit. The scriptures describe this place as a place where we are finally at peace with God, and where God actually lives with us in person, so that there is no more fear, no more uncertainty. It is the place, it is the day, when faith and sight are married together.

May we see, someday, such a glorious day.