Psalm 109 is an imprecatory psalm in which David invokes judgment, calamity, and curses upon his enemies. On first read, the prayer seems cruel and vindictive as we remember Jesus’ teaching to love our neighbors and pray for our enemies. But we shouldn't dismiss this psalm as an archaic poem from another time. Join us for today's brief reflection and a series of questions to work through as we approach this unique and timely psalm.
I will...He will. Do you pre-praise God for how He will act in your life? Today's psalm challenges us to choose a life of worshipping God even though we have yet to see the end of the story.
Today in "Redemption and Praise," Jaime Sherman reflects on Psalm 107 and the everlasting, covenant kindness of God, which is a feet-on-the-ground action to make someone's life better. She contrasts this easier-to-practice "serviceable" goodness with the harder kindness of offering mercy to an offender. The post ends with key question to ask as you read through this psalm today. Don't miss the post at ufcwomen.blog, and consider sharing your thoughts in the comments section!
Yesterday we lingered in Psalm 105 as the psalmist recounted the many ways God had met His people in their daily lives — and remembered His covenant with them. Today we revisit this theme, but this time the picture isn't all roses. The psalmist doesn’t hide the ugly pattern of forgetfulness, selfish endeavors, rebellion and sin, and finally, the consequences of those choices as the Israelites wandered in the desert and attempted to claim the Promised Land from other nations. It’s a cyclical pattern that faces all mankind, and yet when God’s people call out for rescue, He remembers His covenant with them, relenting and displaying the multitude of His mercies. In response, the people praise Him. How do you see yourself in today’s psalm? What will your response to God’s mercy be today?
Over the next two days, we’re reading the final two songs in Book Four of the Psalms, songs that recount the story of God’s people as originally told in the first five books of the Old Testament. In Psalm 105, the psalmist celebrates God’s wondrous works and His covenant-keeping loyalty to His people. The lives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph are summarized along with that of Moses and the people of Israel, whom God rescued from slavery in Egypt. Our key verses are 42 and 43: "For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham, his servant. So he brought his people out with joy, his chosen ones with singing." When times of suffering come and we feel abandoned by our God, we should pause with the psalmist and celebrate the many things God has done in our lives. This exercise roots us in truth rather than emotion. Take some time today to make a list of the many way you have been blessed, and then in prayer, “seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually” (verse 4). He has not forgotten His love for you.