Psalms of Honesty and Truth
I’m so ready to rise above the drama this world has to offer with it’s “dog eat dog”, “fake it ’til you make it”, mentality because of selfish, inner desires to always be on top, the most popular, the one most honored. I’m so ready to wake up, look up, above the arrogance and dishonesty to praise the One and Only with all that is in me.
Our battle, most times, lies within ourselves which leads to battles with others in our families, with friends, at church, and at work. This inner struggle prompts leaders to march into battle with other nations. Yes, we might argue that there are holy reasons to battle but there are also many unholy reasons to go to war. Paul writes, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Carefully consider what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible on your part, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:17-18)
Yes, I’m ready, so ready to wake up this morning, excited to raise a God-song of praise! Sing it out, sing it loud and strong, God is God and we are not. It is Him who made us and not we ourselves. He saves us, lifts us out of the messes we fall into and cleans us up. Yes, praise to One and Only who is to be worshiped and adored! The Psalm writers are teaching us a pattern of praise to follow. Praise, prayer, and promises form a combination found often in the psalms, a pattern that we ought to imitate in our own daily lives.
Psalm 108, The Message
A David Prayer
1-2 I’m ready, God, so ready,
ready from head to toe.
Ready to sing,
ready to raise a God-song:
“Wake, soul! Wake, lute!
Wake up, you sleepyhead sun!”
3-6 I’m thanking you, God, out in the streets,
singing your praises in town and country.
The deeper your love, the higher it goes;
every cloud’s a flag to your faithfulness.
Soar high in the skies, O God!
Cover the whole earth with your glory!
And for the sake of the one you love so much,
reach down and help me—answer me!
7-9 That’s when God spoke in holy splendor:
“Brimming over with joy,
I make a present of Shechem,
I hand out Succoth Valley as a gift.
Gilead’s in my pocket,
to say nothing of Manasseh.
Ephraim’s my hard hat,
Judah my hammer.
Moab’s a scrub bucket—
I mop the floor with Moab,
Spit on Edom,
rain fireworks all over Philistia.”
10-11 Who will take me to the thick of the fight?
Who’ll show me the road to Edom?
You aren’t giving up on us, are you, God?
refusing to go out with our troops?
12-13 Give us help for the hard task;
human help is worthless.
In God we’ll do our very best;
he’ll flatten the opposition for good.
We do our best to maintain peace and leave the rest to God!
In Jesus Name, Amen