Monday, May 24, 2010

Project 4:4--Day One Hundred Nineteen

Day One Hundred Nineteen, Psalm 8-9, 16, 19, 21, 24

Today’s reading begins the section on “Psalms of Joy and Praise”. I love Psalm 8 because it reminds me of the song “O Lord, Our Lord.” Also, it contains a couple of recognizable passages, as in “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” and “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise.”


O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise
because of your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!


Psalm 16 is one of my favorites because it’s one that I actually heard twice in one day once upon a time. Our minister used it in his sermon one Sunday morning. Then that evening, one of our elders read a portion of it before leading us in prayer. He focused on the phrase “Apart from you I have no good thing.” It’s true—every good and perfect thing we have is from God.

Keep me safe, O God,
for in you I take refuge.

I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
As for the saints who are in the land,
they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.
The sorrows of those will increase
who run after other gods.
I will not pour out their libations of blood
or take up their names on my lips.

Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
you have made my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.

I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me.
because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the grave,
nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

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