Summer in the Psalms

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This Week for UFC Women

Ladies, we hope you’ve had a sweet Fourth of July weekend. This week we have some fun things coming up for you. Click on the link for all the details!

Editor’s Desk: Bible Buddies

Happy Fourth of July, Ladies! Thanks for pausing with us for a few minutes on this day of celebration. You’ll find Jamie Harms at the Editor’s Desk today at ufcwomen.blog as she encourages you to check in with your Bible buddy as you read through the Psalms this summer.

Courage, Part 3

Today at ufcwomen.blog, Jaime Sherman reflects on Psalms 46 and 112, sharing a real and raw post about her ongoing journey of walking in the courage that comes through the strength the Lord provides.

Psalm 107: Redemption and Praise

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!

Beleaguered

Today Phares Gilchrist shares “Beleaguered,” a timely post about the circumstances we are facing in 2020.

Lament as Worship

Today in Psalm 102 we see a picture of biblical lament, a pattern we can follow in our lives today. Join Jamie Harms at ufcwomen.blog for today’s reflection.

Summer Events Begin

Happy Sunday, Ladies. This week we’re introducing the first in a summer series of outdoor events for UFC Women. Click on the link to learn about a park date this Thursday — and to review where we’re reading in the Psalms this week. We hope you’ll join us!

Writing in My Bible

In today’s post at ufcwomen.blog, women within our church community share snapshots of the pages of their Bibles. Some of the pictures show pages clear of pen and pencil marks. Other pictures display pages heavy with notes, while still others are covered with colorful artwork. We hope you’ll be encouraged that no right or wrong way exists for how to record God’s faithfulness and our growth in Him. For those of you who do enjoy writing in your Bibles or want to give it a try, you’ll find a list of some of Jaime Sherman’s favorite journaling Bible resources at the end of the post.

Old Made New

Today at ufcwomen.blog in her post “Old Made New,” Jaime Sherman opens her journaling Bibles to Psalm 90 to share how the ancient psalms of the Old Testament never grow old or out of date to a heart open before the Lord. In this post you’ll get a glimpse into different seasons of Jaime’s life and see how God’s “old” Word met her with “new” hope for the road ahead.

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Daily VErses

Psalm 114

The poet brings nature alive in Psalm 114 as God works through Moses to rescue the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. The sea looks and flees. Mountains skip like rams and hills like lambs. The earth trembles. A rock becomes a pool of water, a flint a spring of water. In this brief psalm, God’s power is displayed in His mighty workings on behalf of His people. How does this psalm encourage you today?

Psalm 113

As we read Psalm 113 today, let us praise the Lord that we are rooted in Him from the rising of the sun through the late watches of the night! He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people. He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children.

Psalm 111

As we read Psalm 111 today, we reflect on how this psalm connects to last Sunday’s teaching text (I Timothy 2:8-15), and we ponder questions concerning the posture of our hearts as we gather for corporate worship. Read more at ufcwomen.blog.

Psalm 110

Psalm 110 is a prophetic psalm written by David about the Father speaking to His Son, the Messiah: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” God describes Jesus as one in a current, kingly position (my Lord), as having power and authority (sit at my right hand), and as yielding final judgment at the end of time (until I make your enemies your footstool). Read more today at ufcwomen.blog.

Psalm 109

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.

Psalm 108

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.

Psalm 106

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?

Psalm 105

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.

Psalm 104

The days of creation come alive today in Psalm 104 with descriptions of God’s greatness. Click here for a simple outline of the creation days as described in this psalm.

Psalm 103

God’s steadfast love is displayed through the way He works righteousness and justice for those who are oppressed (verse 6). Psalm 89:14 says that righteousness and justice are the foundation of God’s throne. The Hebrew word for righteousness is tzedakah, which conveys more than a being washed clean and extends to a deep generosity. Justice, or mishpat, is more than equality in God’s vocabulary and is a restorative action of lifting someone up. These two words, which are almost always paired in God’s Word, are used to describe the incredible love of our Heavenly Father. How does the generous, restorative nature of our God encourage and challenge you today? How can you generously lift up another person today?

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