So what I am learning (about myself) is that Psalms is one of those things that if you pick up WHILE you are in a moment it is very powerful and God’s voice is so strong. By the way, if you are sitting here saying ” what in the world is she talking about, I have never heard God’s voice” you are in good company. I used to get so frustrated and actually question if I was “”really” a Christian because I NEVER HEARD IT. So when I started reading my Bible and realized WHAT I was reading was directly related to my circumstances I started getting a little freaked out! As I grew I realized that the clearest I hear God is directly from his Word.
Yesterday I was in one of those “lament” moods. In other words, I was super cranky. I picked up my phone, texted a friend that I was struggling, extremely depressed, sad, lonely, in extreme pain (I have RA and I think a tick bite may have caused a flare-up) and to make matters worse I was throwing stones (sinning) towards other people because I am seeing a level of selfishness in people I have never seen before. I put down my phone (because I didn’t see the little “I am writing back bubbles”, and my Bible was open to Psalm 25:
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart
and free me from my anguish.
Look on my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
See how numerous are my enemies
and how fiercely they hate me!
For those who say “I don’t know what people are talking about, I don’t hear God”. THAT was God talking directly to ME. I read that Psalm over several times and each time a different section then would pop out.
This next one made me giggle, like God was trying to make me laugh and remember how far I have come…
Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
And I read it again and God closed our conversation with:
Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
God was saying “Back it up Szymanski, stop judging others, I will deal with everyone in my one way”. Or as I tell my students “NunYa”- NunYa Business!
I am sure you are ready for me to move back to Geeky Trish so here we go:
Psalm 25 is one of the acrostic psalms in which each verse in the Hebrew Bible begins with the succeeding letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
Psalm 29 I am 99% sure David was sitting in a Thunderstorm just feeling the Presence of God all around him.
Psalm 33 I really try hard to never talk about COVID-19 and the application of the Bible for us because your Holy Spirit will do that individually with you BUT as I read Psalm 33 (and don’t read into this, I think the Government has done an excellent job)
No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.
Psalm 36- I am very distracted today, sorry, not myself. When I read Psalm 36, the prayed for Ahmaud Arbery’s family. If you don’t know who that is: Google it. So so sad.
Psalm 39 WOW!! I could cut and paste the whole thing!
OK, I promise to take my meds earlier tomorrow…that was a Hot Mess of a post! One of the Psalms had the Phrase “SING A NEW SONG” and now I have a song stuck in my head