In the Word: Psalm 84 and Psalm 91

So I have had 2 really awesome Psalms to read this week in the final week of my Run to Him Bible study.  I have really enjoyed the Psalms readings and was reminded of so many of God’s amazing works.

One thing I have to say about the book of Psalms is that David (and the other authors who penned these song-prayers to Yahweh) really knew how to capture the character of God in picture-words.  It is obvious that David loved music and was a talented musician – from the historical portions of the Old Testament that reference this man of God.

sidenote:  i know a worship pastor who would bring to my mind’s eye – David, in the flesh – while he led morning worship.  he would play his guitar and his whole demeanor would reflect a sense of his awe and pure worship of the God he loves and serves still today.  it was beautiful and sometimes, i could not sing for the beauty and glory that graced those times of musical benediction to the Lord.

Anyway – back to reading the Psalms this week.

Psalm 84 is a really encouraging Psalm.  And it is actually from this particular Psalm that I realized my new name for my blog.  While I blogged for many years as “The Queen Mommy” – it didn’t fit me well anymore, and I needed to make a change.  Getting my name as my domain was not enough.  And then I found Psalm 84:11 –

For the Lord God is a sun and shield.
The Lord gives grace and glory;
He does not withhold the good
from those who live with integrity.

I want to find grace and glory in my life – and the key to that in this verse points to living with integrity. So as I pursue integrity, I seek the blessing of the Lord, too. (More about this later. I have some posts simmering about authenticity & integrity in my blogging…)

And then I read one of the Psalms that is near and dear to my heart – Psalm 91.  This chapter in the Bible is chock full of GOOD STUFF!!!

One of the descriptions of God that I remember hearing while I was still in elementary school was about a chicken and her chicks who had been caught in an out-of-control fire on a farm.  When the farmer went to discover the extent of destruction at his farm, he saw this charred pile of something, and when he got closer, realized it was this Mama Hen.  But then he heard the chirping and when he lifted the lifeless body of that mother bird, out popped all of her chicks – safe from the heat of the fire.

Psalm 91:4 always makes me think of that story –

He will cover you with His feathers;
you will take refuge under His wings.
His faithfulness will be a protective shield.

What a beautiful word-picture this Scripture brings to my mind.  Just like that mother hen, God covers me – and sent His Son to take my place to pay the sin-ransom for me.

I think Psalms is one of those portions of Scripture that benefits both new believers and those who have been walking with Christ for decades.  I have enjoyed this study through the Psalms so much.

What is YOUR favorite Psalm and why?

It’s a New Day! In the Word Series

In the Word  debbiejtaylor.comWhile I was on {yet another} blogging hiatus, I found myself struggling with many different things.  As much as I love the Word of God and spending time In the Word of God, I realized how little I incorporate it into our lives.  (That makes me sick to my stomach, by the way.)  I don’t want to preach to my family about anything.  Because my weaknesses & sins preach much louder than my words.  But oh how I long to live & breathe the Word of God.  And yet, my selfish desires have such a strong hold on me that I am constantly waging war in places I didn’t use to struggle.

I think because I have kids now I feel like I’m under the microscope.  “You’re the only Jesus your children might see.”  As if THAT isn’t any pressure…  There are so many voices telling me to “do better”, “try harder” and “you can never do enough.”  It’s exhausting.

But, gradually, the Lord reminded me that getting into His Word every day is more than enough for me.  For my relationship with Him, and my relationship with everybody else.  And when I fail to commit myself to reading His Word, I forget about His Grace and Mercy and Love, and live with a long list of shoulds and woulds.

So I had to come to the realization that while my heart longs to be in the Word of God, I was not following through and digging into the Word like I need to every day.  For someone who has read through the entire Bible more than once, who grew up memorizing Scriptures and reciting them on request, who was given Christian character awards and Awana Girl of the Year awards – that was hard for me to admit.

and there it is.  Pride.

My pride has driven so much of my adulthood, and my parenting, that motherhood has become this huge stone weight on my soul.  I won’t say how recently, but I may have been overheard saying things like “I can’t do this anymore” or “I have to leave because I can’t be a mom.”

by the grace of God, rather than zapping me with a lightning bolt, He woo’d me.  He is wooing me back to Him through His Word and his personal messages to my heart.

While I could tell you that I am committed to spending an hour in the Word of God every day – frankly, that would be a lie.  After all, laundry needs washed badly (still dealing with some kind of gastroenteritis thing here), wood floors need cleaned of salty snow-crust, dishes need put away, meals need made, homework needs corrected, kids need loved on, Roy needs my attention – and oh the mountains of paperwork that need to be filed (or burned).

So instead, what I can tell you is that I am playing Scripture-based lyrics and songs that sing God’s Word while I do these other things.  I can tell you that I read a verse – even just one – because in order to Renew My Mind, I have to soak up His Word throughout the day.

And that’s what this boils down to.  Renewing my mind.  Cuz the lies of the vile enemy of my soul resonate so loudly sometimes.  and the Word of God is my only offensive weapon to send Him away.

I have no specific Bible Study chosen as I write this, but I have a selection to pick from and I begin today, as this is being posted.

Would you care to join me?  We don’t have to do the same study, but if you are participating in any Bible study – individually or in a group – and want to share your thoughts on whatever you are studying, why don’t we commit to coming here on Mondays and sharing what God is doing in our lives together?

It’s not mandatory.  And maybe nobody even reads this (except my lovely mother) but I want to put this out there for a little bit of accountability, without requiring anybody to buy a certain book or follow a specific study.  We can just agree to meet here next Monday and share what we are learning through God’s Word.

It’s a New Day!  Let’s get started!!!