Prayers from Today’s Psalms, Day 30

Today completes the 30 day series of Prayers from the Psalms.

Today’s Psalms are 30, 60, 90, 120 and 150.

“From everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” Psalm 90:2

1. Psalm 30:6 “Now as for me, I said in my prosperity, ‘I will never be moved.'”   I have felt that way, and then a small change of circumstances, and the sense of dread washed over me again.  “You hid You face, I was dismayed.” (v7) We need to live in the sunshine of His face daily.  It is so tempting when things go well for a while to drift away from the sunshine of His face.  I am thankful, in retrospect, for the trials that come my way.  It is those seasons that give me the incentive to repent of my sin and seek His face again.

2. Psalm 30:11 “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing…”  Give thanks to the Lord for meeting us in our past sad times.  Be confident that He will be with you in the sad times when they return.  Give your mournings to Him.  Seek Him when you least feel like it.   That is faith.

3. Psalm 60:1 “O God, You have rejected us.  You have broken us; You have been angry; O, restore us.”  Life, even life with God, is tough.  If we’ve learned anything from 30 days in the Psalms, it is that we can be honest with God.  But can you imagine hearing this Psalm sung by your church choir?  Of course not.  We believe we need to have an optimistic public face.   We often lie when asked, “How’s it going?”  Did David worry that this song might drive some synagogue parishioners away, complaining, “Bummer, what a depressing song?”  We’ve got this very wrong.  Pray for a revival that will set the church free from our pretensions.

4. Psalm 60:10 “Have not You Yourself, O God, rejected us?  And will You not go forth with our armies?”  Sometimes the Lord disciplines us.  Perhaps it is to wean me from some sin.  Or it might be unrelated to sin and only a test.  Always pray in such times and ask Him for your need.  “O give us help against the adversary…” (v11)

5. Psalm 90:4 “For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by…”  That is the Lord God.  But of us, it says, “for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or it due to strength, eighty years…”  God is not man.  We are not God.  And yet, God, who is everlasting, invites us to be His people.  How can such a relationship work…unless, maybe, perhaps, there is possibly a way for a man or a woman “…to live on eternally.” (Psalm 49:9) Praise this everlasting God who gives not merely a gift, but the gift to share intimately in His own everlasting life.

6. Psalm 90:8 “You have placed our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your presence.”  Confess your secret places today.  I can be proactive about this by placing my own iniquities before the Lord.  Sometimes that means confessing them to another person.  I am a sinner.   It is not a strange thing that I should need to confess sins from time to time.  Actually, all the time.  Maybe by being real about my sin, I will learn to not welcome the temptations, and treat them like friends.

7. Psalm 120:1 “In my trouble I cried to the Lord, and He answered me.”  This is simple.  Cry out to the Lord in every trouble, and keeping reminding yourself that He will answer.  Watch for the answer, and give thanks for it.  Share it will another person.  Make it a habit to watch for the answers of the Lord.  Karen Mains develops this concept in her book, “The God Hunt: The Delightful  Chase and the Wonder of Being Found.”

8. Psalm 120: 6 “Too long has my soul had its dwelling with those who hate peace.  I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war.”  My wife once found guidance in this verse as we were considering a job change.  This verse described my then current situation.   My new situation was better in this way, but harder.  So I learned that the larger sense of this is to long for our heavenly home.  This world, filled with strife, is not our home.  Take comfort in that fact.

9. Psalm 150  Let us “Praise the Lord…”  at church, at work, at the market, in the meadows and under the stars at night.  “Praise Him…” for His great works. “Praise Him …” with your guitar, or your singing, or your painting, or your trombone, or your piano, or your craft.

10.Psalm 150 “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”  Consider the animals, the birds, the fish, that they praise their Maker.  Then consider how, even while we were His enemy, we by our very life existence praised Him.  Now, as His friends, we praise Him will our will.  “Praise the Lord!”

Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible, 1995, The Lockman Foundation.

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