Good morning! We are beginning our Summer in the Psalms this week. Here you will find the reading schedule, memorization verses, and discussion dates. Feel free to comment below with any questions you may have about the study.
This week, if you are following along with us, we spent time reading Psalms 1 through 10. Psalm 1 has a particular soft spot in my heart. When my husband and I were in college, he was taking a music theory class and had an assignment to write a piece of music. The piece that he wrote used Psalm 1 for lyrics, and it was beautiful! The opening melody of the song evoked images in my mind of a peaceful, babbling brook. I started to imagine that place in the Sound of Music, you know, at the beginning, when Maria is dancing in and out of those trees? It’s been 18 years since he wrote it, and it’s been about 10 years since I have heard it played, but it sticks with me. The idea of being planted so close to nourishment, of bearing fruit rightly (the right fruit in the right season), is so precious.
The hard part for me sometimes, though, is the idea of meditating on His Law day and night. I know many of you are moms, some with very young children and others with children who are grown. There may be some reading who have very demanding jobs. How can we possibly hope to accomplish this meditating day and night AND get everything else done that we need to do? Isn’t it right and pleasing to the Lord that I care for my children? That I maintain my house? That I love my husband? That I keep my committments and responsibilities? My answer for you is YES!
The author of Psalm one uses a phrase we see before in Joshua 1:8.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. or then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Joshua puts in the explanation. “So that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.” I think what Joshua and the author of the Psalm are saying is that in all that we do we should be mindful of God’s Word. I don’t think they are instructing us all to be full time scholars and do nothing but read and study. What we should be doing is striving toward facing every little thing we do with the goal of pleasing the Lord, and that starts with knowing His Word. Read the scriptures, not just cursory, pass over, reading. Read to understand, memorize scripture, and then through the power and working of the Holy Spirit live it out in whatever you do!
It’s not as easy at it sounds, I know. This is not a magic formula. “If I read my bible, everything will be fine.” It won’t. Why not? Because we are sinners, in need of a Savior. We are imperfect, broken people in need of Grace, all the while not deserving it. Without the gift of faith, the assurance of the Holy Spirit, there is no hope! None of what I have written about this morning is possible without Christ’s redemptive work on the cross, and our repentence and faith. We just spent the whole year learning about what the Gospel is. It is the Gospel that drives us, that guides us, that offers us Grace.
One last thing. Those of you reading who are members of Hinson probably heard about the current suffering of a particular family in our body. I was struck this week how many times David or the other psalmists would cry out and praise the Lord for his protection, his strength, his sovereignty. I encourage you to lift this family up, pray for their protection both physical and spiritual. Pray for God to be magnified even more in the midst of this crisis. Pray for healing and relief from pain and suffering. Love this family well, even if from afar. I’m not naming the family out of respect for their privacy (and I would ask you to refrain from naming them as well if you comment below), but I would ask even those of you who read who are not members of our local church to be praying for this family. Their burden is heavy, and we desire to bear it with them.
I will close with this:
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
Let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them;
that those who love your name may exult in you.
For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
you cover him with favor as with a shield.
Psalm 5:11-12, ESV