Take some time this week and read Job 38 and Psalm 104 together. We tried to find an audio or video of Fernando Ortega's musical expression of Psalm 104 but the powerpoint with the audio was just too cheesy.
Lay these two texts side by side and reflect on the way the relate.
What are your thoughts?
Our Psalm for the week is Psalm 124. What are your thoughts and reflections on this song?
Leave your impressions in the comments.
Also, consider reading with Snow Hill this week – Mark 9:38-50 and James 5:13-20.
One of our Psalms for this week is Psalm 84. Pastor Todd recalls hearing a message from Psalm 84 which focused on the phrase "from strength to strength. The preacher suggested the "to" is the place where we are formed from our strength by his strength to give witness to transformation.
What are your thoughts on this Psalm?
Let's spend this week with two readings from the Psalms.
Psalm 111 and Psalm 34:9-14.
In the first we might consider just what is meant by "fear of the Lord" as the "beginning of Wisdom."
In the second we might consider the place of Wisdom as in living our our lives.
The texts for this coming Sunday point to the ongoing saga of King David and his abuse of power to take Bathsheba and then have Uriah murdered. Challenged about his abuse of power as God's regal representative, David pens a Psalm of repentance.
Take some time this week to read Psalm 51.
Sometimes we learn from reading. More often we learn from watching then doing. Watch children learn to tie shoes. They carefully watch the movements of the parents' hands. Over and again they watch. Then once they capture the actions they reproduce them.
Surely you can think of what you have learned by watching the hands of others.
This week, read Psalm 123. Pay particular attention to these words,
Behold, as the eyes of the servants look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
til he has mercy upon us.
In this holiday shortened week, consider reading Psalm 107 each day.
Consider reading Psalm 133 each day this week.
Carlo Caretto told a story common to us all. He knew the coffee was about to run out and thought before his two companions got to it he would drink it all. He did and then felt awful for such an act of selfishness. He wrote,
Jesus would have left the coffee for his brothers.; I excluded my brothers.
Consider what life is like lived with others and how you may include rather than exclude them along the way.