The biggest problem for this high flying, speeding trip through the Bible is I miss the breaks between the chapters. The quick breaths in between the Psalms, for example. After each Psalm I want to take a breath and reflect on David’s words. I did pinpoint one psalm in particular that drew my attention though… Psalm 138.
1 I will praise You with my whole heart;
Before the gods I will sing praises to You.
2 I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
3 In the day when I cried out, You answered me,
And made me bold withstrength in my soul.
4 All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O Lord,
When they hear the words of Your mouth.
5 Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
For great is the glory of the Lord.
6 Though the Lord is on high,
Yet He regards the lowly;
But the proud He knows from afar.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
You will stretch out Your hand
Against the wrath of my enemies,
And Your right hand will save me.
8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
The last verse is my favorite though. In the NIV, verse 8 says,
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.
To end a psalm full of praise, David prays for God to fulfill His purpose. And I ask the same. Similar to my post last week, no matter the [cause for the] circumstance, what is the purpose? What is the purpose for this in my life and how can I use it to give Him glory? And lastly, plain and simple, God do not give up on me! And I know He won’t because as the verse says right in the middle, His love endures forever. When all else fails it is God who stays and endures.