I'm on a journey to read through the Bible in chronological order. Taking it one day at a time, I will read based on a list I found on the internet and blog about what happened, thoughts provoked, emotions conjured, etc. Enjoy!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Day 106: Psalms 56, 120, 140-142

I woke up yesterday feeling a bit icky (body aches, sore throat, swollen nodes, etc.). The ickiness continues today and I fear I've had an on and off fever since last night--took a freezing shower at 1am for respite. Pray my body fights this off soon!!

This grouping of Psalms comes from David's point of view. He is again asking for God to rescue him from the hands of his enemies and deliver him. It is a powerful reminder of just how fervent and faithful David was. He truly sought out God and craved His presence.

Chapter 141: 3-5 shows just how much he wanted to be refined and molded to be a man of God. He asks that God guard his mouth and heart and opens himself up for rebuking if it is necessary. I can't remember the last time I really asked God to search my heart and to fix the nasty things lurking in the corners...

Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD;
keep watch over the door of my lips.

Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil,
to take part in wicked deeds
with men who are evildoers;
let me not eat of their delicacies.

Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—it is oil on my head.
My head will not refuse it.

David wants to be an example--he wants people to see that is is different and wonder why. This is something I feel that a lot of Christians want, but never really take the leap of faith to achieve. I am just as guilty of this as the next person. I want to be a leader and be someone that points others to God... but I think my desires get easily swayed and lose their luster when its all said and done. These verses have definitely renewed my spirit..

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