Psalms for the Journey
Many years ago, before the technology of Fitbit and IPhones, there was Timex. (I know I have just lost half the readers because you will not have a clue about what I am about relate!) There was a commercial that ran often that told of the must have wrist watch (it only told you the time and date…just helping the young ones out) that defied being kicked, beat up, dropped and smashed. “Timex. Takes a licking, keeps on ticking!” was the catch phrase coined by a then famous news journalist, John Cameron Swayze. He is gone now, too, by the way. We all tick for just so long. (Smiling)
Life has bumps in the road, ruts to fall into, ridges to trip on or climb over. By trusting God we might “take a licking” and might even be kicked around by those who allow evil to run their lives, but we can keep on ticking in time with the rhythm of God’s grace. We can rely on God’s Holy Spirit to be our strength and wisdom. We can rely on God’s Word to be our shield. We arm ourselves with His Truth and continue to live our lives for His glory.
The psalmist opens with “They’ve kicked me around ever since I was young, but they never could keep me down.” My catch phrase for my life and work for today. Read, be blessed and keep on ticking! Praise God for life and more life!
Psalm 129, The Message
A Pilgrim Song
1-4 “They’ve kicked me around ever since I was young”
—this is how Israel tells it—
“They’ve kicked me around ever since I was young,
but they never could keep me down.
Their plowmen plowed long furrows
up and down my back;
Then God ripped the harnesses
of the evil plowmen to shreds.”
5-8 Oh, let all those who hate Zion
grovel in humiliation;
Let them be like grass in shallow ground
that withers before the harvest,
Before the farmhands can gather it in,
the harvesters get in the crop,
Before the neighbors have a chance to call out,
“Congratulations on your wonderful crop!
We bless you in God’s name!”
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe!
By the way…I still have my Timex.