Psalm 81, 88 & 92-93
“For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.
How great are your works, O LORD, how profound your thoughts!…
The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and is armed in strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.”
Psalm 92:4,5 & 93:1
I love the idea of keeping a Covid-19 scrapbook/journal/photo album to chronicle what you want to remember about this time in your life. Sometimes a picture says 1,000 words and many emotions. Some things are harder to capture in a photograph and you might want to add some of your own words. But, here are some starter questions to get going – some of which were inspired by the snippets of Psalms above.
How did you spend your days?
What changed in your life?
What stayed the same?
What brought you joy?
What works of His hands made you smile?
How did you see God move?
How did you search out God’s thoughts?
What Bible verses meant the most to you during this time?
When or how were you reassured of God’s majesty and strength?
The Psalms can be viewed as the poets’ scrapbook of their lives and how they witnessed God at work. What made them rejoice? What made them mourn? How did they see God? What did they learn about themselves? About their Creator? About their world? About those who reject God? These are all still great questions to be considered today. And it is well worth the time to look into the Psalms to see their answers as you work on your own.
I will talk less today so you have more time to work on your personal or family scrapbook. Even if you don’t make a physical project, take a few minutes to answer some of these questions – or make your own questions. A great starter is to scroll through your pictures to see what works of God make you glad – and thank Him – and share them.
OK – I will start. The photo which accompanies this post was taken last weekend during a family hike. So many things that made me glad – the warmth of the spring sunshine, family time – with no devices, and the health and ability to enjoy the rebirth and beauty of God’s creation. The wild flowers growing off the path reminded me of God’s loving care and that He is still watching over us and I do not need to worry but I do need to seek Him & His Kingdom (Luke 12:27-31). I know, I am not quite as poetic as the psalmists, but that is okay.
Now it’s your turn. You can post a comment below or share some pictures and thoughts with family and friends. However you do it, just like the psalmists, take the time to ponder and share what the LORD has done for you.
Interesting Side Note- did you catch the Psalm in today’s reading that actually mentions the very modern problem of everyone on their own devices? Hint – read Psalm 81 again – in the NIV. Then, make sure you are not in that sinking boat. Listen to the LORD. Keep reading His Word and seeking Him as the psalmists did. He has many treasures He is wants to reveal to you!
Today’s Bible reading can be read or listened to at https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+81%2C88%2C+92-93&version=NIV
In tomorrow’s Bible reading, 1 Chronicles 7-10, we will finish off the introductory genealogies and start in on the stories of the kings of Israel saved for us in the Chronicles. 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan