These are called Enthronement Psalms or Royal Psalms. I know this group through your comments and you are going to LOVE today’s readings. You all cling to the Psalms that Praise and Celebrate God. Even in a “lament” Psalm, you guys (“ya’ll” if you grew up in the South) will read a long Psalm and find that ONE verse that Praises the Lord. Well, you are in for a wonderful read.
Psalm 95: I picture a church worship leader feeling the Spirit on his church so powerfully that he grabs the microphone and says with his eyes closed because it is not about himself, but his God: (man I miss going to church after reading this!!)
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song….
And then the congregation in unison would Praise God. Now picture God looking down on it. Whoever the Psalmist was who wrote this did the same thing, he called the Israelites to sing his praises.
There is a clear shift at the end of verse 7. This psalm is a reminder that praise needs to connect with trust and
obedience. What were Meribah and Massah? In a word: Ingratitude! Complaining about your blessings! I could screenshot you a text I sent to my closest friend that I was on a rant about just this week about “my messy house”, “my busy schedule”, “my Quanatine weight gain” “how busy work is”. From God’s viewpoint: Szymanski’s burdens are: her beautiful house, her healthy busy family, the abundance of food, and her amazing job”.
This is a wonderful Psalm and reminder!
Click here to read Exodus 17if you need a recap
Psalm 97- As you can imagine after reading this I am ready to set up a Zoom with you and read Revelation! Don’t dare me…I will!! So I want you to find a place and actually sing this. In your house, at work, go outside for a walk (and when it goes acapella you better be loud!)
Psalm 98– You know when you read something and you know it is NOT a coincidence! Last night about 11:30 I started researching “leveling the playing field” for work. I got STUCK on the word Equity. In other words Equality verse Equity.
And then Psalm 98 ends with-
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples with equity.
Shut up! These are the moments I have to say “Are you talking to me” (Yes, I said that in my Robert De Niro Italian voice”. Marla on the blog texted me one day and said: “I get stuck on one word sometimes, and others are pulling phrases”. I remember thinking “I want to get stuck on ONE word, because I know it will be the Word for me.
Look for your one Word from God sometimes.
STOP! So when I write a post in the Psalms I read one. I write one. I read one….So can you picture me writing the above, reopening my BIble and THEN reading –
The King is mighty, he loves justice—
you have established equity;
If you think God is giving you something to say to me right now about the Word, please share. Be a conduit of the Lord to me.
Back to Psalm 99.-This may be called the Sanctus, or ‘the Holy, Holy, Holy Psalm,’ for the word ‘holy’ is the conclusion and the refrain of its three main divisions. God extends Mercy without ever compromising His Holiness. How? By answering our prayers and forgiving us. Think about that. Our Prayers are undeserved!
Have a wonderful day after reading these beautiful Psalms! I love you and I am not sure what I would have done this year without all of you encouraging me, laughing with me, praying for me, giving me grace when I need it, and just loving me without most of you ever meeting me. (Sometimes I wonder how you picture me ). I love you. Trish.