Thought to Guide Your ReadingToday's Psalms speak of God's protection—though life is not always wonderful.
Psalm 121The author looks for his guardian and sees it is God. God protects in every way.
Psalm 123Who will save? They are all watching and waiting for God to work.
Psalm 124If God had not saved David and his family, they would have died. How blessed and wonderful is God!
Psalm 125God will not allow any of his followers to be moved, like a mountain. God will punish those who resort to violence to do wrong. There will be peace!
Psalm 128Those who fear God are blessed! They will enjoy peace and a good life.
Psalm 129The author complains about the taunts of others. May those who hate God's Chosen People be punished soon!
Psalm 130The author cries for help from God! Because God forgives our prayers are helpful. There is no doubt, by waiting on God He will save.
How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right
God gives strength.Our strength does not come through isolation from our enemies or fortified cities that are on mountains. Our help comes from God who made all of the mountains! Do not put your trust in physical things. Only God gives strength!
Our strength today does not come from atom bombs, strong military presences around the world, a strong free-market economy, a top-notch education system, or the spread nature of the contiguous 48 states. Our strength comes from God!
Psalms also complain to God.Contrast Psalm 123 with Psalm 23 (the most famous psalm). The psalms are not devoid of bad times. They include both positive messages to God—the Lord is my shepherd and he gives me all I need—and negative messages to God—we're waiting and watching for your salvation, but we've been kicked around long enough! God is willing to hear both sides of the story. Bring God your complaints when you feel you can't go on. He will listen.
If God had not protected us we would not have survived.How wonderful is it that God has saved us even when we were unable to save ourselves! This is why David praises God for not abandoning him. God saves all who call on Him, even if they cannot save themselves.
Those who obey God enjoy good lives.We often look at the troubles and trials that come from obeying God. David ran for his life twice. However, we must also see the peace that came during Joshua's day and the years between fighting in Judges to see the complete picture. Those who set things right with God live blessed lives.
Forgiveness is God's habit.How magnificent is our God who has forgiven us! If God did not have a forgiving habit we would not have survived to today. We wait and watch for God to set things right on this earth because he has earned our love and respect. God's habit is forgiving. If not, we would not stand a chance!
Does your life reflect a God who is setting all things right through forgiveness?
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