God is Setting All Things Right. So I am Blogging Through the Bible in a Year.

Monday, May 20, 2013

May 20 - Psalms 5, 38, 41-42: God Heals the God-Seekers

Today’s Reading: Psalms 5, 38, 41-42

The Message

English Standard Version

Thought to Guide Your Reading

God lifts us up when we are down.

Psalm (P)Synopsis

Psalm 5

David wants God to listen to his groanings for help. God has nothing to do with evil and David is humbled to be in His House. Evil people breathe poison gas but God welcomes with open arms.

Psalm 38

David asks God to slow down his punishment. He is flesh and bones because of his sin. David longs to be with God but he is blind, alone, betrayed, and unable to communicate. He is about to go over the edge and calls for God to help quickly.

Psalm 41

David knows God will nurse him back to health. He asks God to put him together again. David has a bad reputation. He knows God is on his side because God knows him intimately. Blessed is God always! Yes!

Psalm 42

The sons of Korah are like a deer drinking in God. They were once at the head of the worship line. Now they are in the dumps. To help endure their troubles they review all God is and what God has promised. When they feel down, they fix their eyes on God. Soon things will look up again.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

God is famous for welcoming God-seekers.

David has repeatedly mentioned the idea that God does not want us to be "religious." God wants us to seek after Him. He wants us to set things right, as He does. That is why he welcomes God-seekers. God welcomes anyone who will seek after him—and set things right.

God dignifies those who are down on their luck.

Being a Chosen Person of God does not mean we will always have things go our way. In fact, it may be the exact opposite. Yet what makes God significant and worthy of our praise is that He is willing to lift us up when we are down. God nurses us back to health. Praise God for setting us right when we are down and out!

Fix your eyes on God—He will lift you up!

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