Monday, April 28, 2008

Robed in Majesty

April 28: Psalms 81, 88, & 92-93

1 Sing aloud to God our strength;
shout for joy to the God of Jacob!
2 Raise a song; sound the tambourine,
the sweet lyre with the harp.
Psalm 81:1-2

13 But I, O Lord, cry to you;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
14 O Lord, why do you cast my soul away?
Why do you hide your face from me?
15 Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,
I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.
Psalm 88:13-15

12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 They are planted in the house of the Lord;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
15 to declare that the Lord is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Psalm 92:12-15

1 The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
2 Your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting.
Psalm 93:1-2

Robed in Majesty

When I did a series of devotions on the Psalms, I surprised to note how many Psalms were written when the Psalmist was greatly discouraged--I had thought that most of the Psalms were Psalms of praise. While it is true that there are many Psalms of praise, the Psalms devote themselves to real life experiences. Because our lives are filled with troubles as well as joys, the Psalmist often writes when discouraged and oppressed.

Psalm 88 is such a Psalm; yet, in today's reading it is surrounded by Psalms of praise as well.

Psalm 81 encourages us to,

Sing aloud to God our strength;
shout for joy to the God of Jacob!


Perhaps because I am getting older I note such things more quickly, but did you notice the reference to age in Psalm 92?

14 They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
15 to declare that the Lord is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him
.


Think about that for a minute; we tend to put our selves on a shelf when we reach retirement age. The Bible, however, does not view old age in that way; as Christians, we bear fruit until the day we die. That is really amazing, is it not? No matter where we are, no matter what our circumstances, we Christians are fruit-bearers.

Today's reading closes with Psalm 93.

1 The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty;
the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
2 Your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting
.


Therein lies our true hope and joy! Our Lord is robed in majesty, He has established the world so that it will never be moved, and He is from everlasting. What a great word of encouragement as we start a new day. We can not fail! Our God reigns supreme in eternal righteousness and majesty.

Amen, so let it be!

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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