I considered trimming this Psalm due to length, but I could not bear to cut a single verse – it is so magnificent. Plus, it mentions my favourite animal – the hyrax! I was so excited to see one on my first trip to Israel. Now, after so many trips, I know just where to find them, and they always make me think of this Psalm. God’s creation is so rich and varied! Even the funny little hyrax has a home. As do we!
Psalm 103 is a companion piece to Psalm 102 – the other side of the coin. The Psalmist realizes that whatever his own circumstances, the love of the Lord continues unabated, from generation to generation, and his compassion will never leave us.
The introduction to this Psalm says, “A prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the Lord.” I hope you have never felt quite this low; nevertheless this Psalm teaches us that even when we are at our lowest point, we can still pray the honest prayers of our heart, and end on a note of hopefulness.
Daily Reading and Prayer – Sunday, May 24
Today’s Reading and Prayer are taken from Zion’s Sunday worship service.
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
In Psalm 101, the writer is declaring his intention to lead a blameless life. How does your concept of a blameless life compare? What pledge could you make to God, about how you will live your life from this point forward?
Short and so very, very sweet! Psalm 100 has been the foundation of many a hymn and chorus, including the majestic “Old 100th”, “All People That On Earth Do Dwell,” a hymn for which it seems church organs were invented! Play it loud!
Going through the Psalms every day, I cannot help but notice how the Psalmist portrays “justice” as a central aspect of God’s character, along with holiness and righteousness, which go together with justice. Have you often thought of God in this way? In what situations have you longed for God to bring justice to the world?
Psalm 98 is pure joy! The Psalmist cannot contain his praise. The seas, the rivers, the mountains – everyone and everything rejoice!
Psalm 97 takes us to places increasingly unfamiliar to our modern sensibilities. First, it attempts to paint a picture of the awesome majesty and power of God – a sense of wonder we have largely lost. Secondly, look how central the justice of God is in the Psalms – we rely upon the courts for justice, but the Psalmist wisely sees true justice as emanating from the very nature of God. Finally, look where the Psalmist finds joy: “Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.”
1 Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.