Day 187

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Psalms 47, 48, 49, 84, 85 and 87

Steve Schonberg, Elder

Specifically Psalm 49 and Psalm 84 (NASB)

I don’t believe that I had ever read Psalm 49 and Psalm 84 in the same sitting before. The contrast is striking between the rich yet foolish person of Psalm 49 and the worshipper of God who recognizes the Source of all blessing in Psalm 84.

The person described in Psalm 49, trusts in his wealth, (v.6); thinks secretly that his house (his family name and fortune) will endure forever, (v.11); gives his name to his most permanent possession, (v.11); reaps the benefit of the praise of others, (v.18) and experiences the futility of plans that all end at the grave, (v.12).

In Psalm 84, the writer’s focus is on the place where God dwells. Not because it was ornate, but because of who God is and what He is like. In contrast to the scheming, planning and posturing of Psalm 49, we see that the swallow nests where God lives. In Matthew 6, birds are held up by Jesus as an example of simplicity and dependence upon their Maker. Here in Psalm 84, we see something similar. True security and peace for a bird and its precious family are found in God’s presence and favor. It is a wonderful place in which to build our temporary and otherwise insecure nests.

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts,
How blessed is the man who trusts in Thee!” Psalm 84: 11, 12

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5 responses »

  1. Great observation Steve.
    That same contrast should be seen in us, the believer, the follower of Christ, the Christian & the non believer. He should be glorified through all we do. Bystanders should be able to see that we have something that others don’t , the joy, hope & contentment.
    I attended a seminar a few years back that spoke to this difference and it was said that studies had revieled that people that went to church each week were observed to be no different than their neighbor, the non believer. People that were in Gods word twice a week, still no detectable difference. It took three times a week & more to see a noticeable contrast.
    We need to hold up our end of the relationship by opening our bibles and letting the word of God speak into our daily lives to exemplify that contrast that gravitates people toward Him who dwells in us.

  2. When reading through the Psalms I often find myself humming a tune, sometimes two or three tunes during a single Psalm. This book is one of the rich treasure troves mined by songwriters for centuries. It’s fun to discover where the words for a favorite song came from.

  3. Eph. 5:25-26 …Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word…
    Lord, showering is a daily routine. May we also consider showering in Your Word to be even more important. We all know how quickly the dirt and “yellow snow” pile up on our daily walk thru this world. If we don’t take time to shower that off, we become like those who (in the words of King James) “stinketh”. Lord, I desire to be a sweet fragrance to You and to those who will come to know You (II Cor 2:15). Thank You for the cleansing power of Your Word. Glorify Yourself in this earthen vessel. Amen.

  4. I found myself focused on Ps. 87:6′ “The Lord will write in the register of the peoples: ‘This one was born in Zion.'”

    Not enough room here to share the excitement welled up in my soul over this verse. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving my soul and “recording” my name in the “Lambs Book of Life.” You expanded your chosen through adoption, “all my fountains are in you.”

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