A Song of Ascents. Remember, O LORD, in David's favor, all the hardships he endured, how he swore to the LORD and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, “I will not enter my house or get into my bed, I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
Do we make vows like this today? Should we? This was not an idle vow. David was serious; he was swearing to devote all his energies, his wealth, his comforts, his all to the search.
What is a suitable dwelling place for the LORD? Is He demanding the very finest in furnishings? Or does He desire the sincerity of my Worship? Should my mind be filled with questions regarding His opinion of the sincerity of my heart? Rather not that the very evidence of the focus of my mind be overflowing in my prayers and in my sharing of His work in my life?
Eugene Peterson in Answering God, The Psalms as Tools for Prayer, puts it well, “At the center of the whole enterprise of being human, prayers are the primary technology. Prayers are the primary tools that God uses to work His will in our bodies and souls, Prayers are tools that we to collaborate in His work with us.”
Am I? Are we?
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Morning Psalm 38, Noon Psalm 119:145-152, Evening Psalm 31
An alternate Reading Plan is based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.
Or set your own reading schedule up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits. But a daily time in the Word of the LORD is an absolute.