Psalm 50

All rise for the God of Everything –

Majestic and Magnificent, Resplendent in Power –

He’s entering the courtroom and taking His spot in the Judge’s seat.

There’s no question that this courtroom will be fair!  Justice will be served here!

All those who serve Me, come listen.  I appreciate your sacrifices, they show you withhold nothing from me – but do you think that’s what I really want?!  Do you think I need your $500 a month?  No!  I’m the owner of everything.  I have all resources at my fingertips.  Provision is my job, not yours.  What I really want, what would really be a gift to Me, is your obedience, your love, and your praise!  I want you to trust that I will take care of you!

Now, those of you who could care less about Me, it’s your turn.  You guys are determined to disobey.  Every time I call your name, you let yourself get distracted or think of every excuse why you shouldn’t listen.  You hang out with the wrong people and they’re teaching you bad habits.  I waited patiently for you to learn your lesson, but this is Enough!  When I lay out all your wickedness where you can see it, you’re going to be embarrassed.  Now’s the time to make your decision.  Which group are you going to stand with?  I’m ready to give my verdict.

Those who praise Me – and all are welcome to join this family – will receive mercy.  As soon as you set foot on My path, I’ll show you how sweet my salvation is.

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Psalm 49

This lesson applies to everyone whether you’re rich or poor, male or female; if you live on earth, you should listen.

God gave us some pretty obvious instructions.  It’s possible to twist them around and make them mean what you want them to, but if you ask God to give you understanding, they’re as plain as day – He’s not hiding anything from us.

I’ve been studying God’s Word a lot.  I like to write my understanding in poems and sing songs of Scripture.  Because I’m hidden in Christ in God, I don’t need to worry about a thing.  Nothing evil can find me here!

Here’s the deal, though.  No one can “pull themselves together.”  We should never say that.  That can only come through Christ.  Even those that look like they have it all together can’t do anything about eternity.  Everyone dies people!  In 100 years Brad Pitt will be just as dead as the Pope and the homeless guy on Burnside and you and me.  Money doesn’t save us.  Things don’t mean anything when it comes to eternity.  No matter how smart you are or how much stuff you have, you’re going to die.  The only thing that matters is the fruit God is looking for.  That fruit is the currency in the next Kingdom.  It may not amount to much on this earth, but when God’s Kingdom comes in fullness, you’ll be rich beyond your wildest dreams!

So if you put your faith in God, death will be a party, an improvement!  I’ll never envy the rich and famous.  They can’t take what they have with them and if they don’t have God, I don’t want to go where they’re going anyway.

Psalm 47-48

Roar, stadium of people!  Roar because Your God is stepping out onto the court.  Get excited and sing His praises because You know that He has won the game.  All those on His team can be sure that they’ll go home the victors.  Get excited about this and give God the praise He’s due!

Strong, beautiful, awesome God we can’t stop looking at You.  Like the Alps with the sunset on their backs, we gasp at Your beauty and power.  You are holy!  We must sing it out in our city.  When people realize the true scope of Your grandeur and raw power, their knees shake and they fall abject before You.  No one would ever try to take You on if they realized who You really are.

But even though You could quash us like bugs and demand respect from the loftiest of kings, Your concern is for the poor, the downtrodden, the needy and unattractive.  This is confusing to me, but I’m glad that’s who You are.  Be glad church!  Dance, daughters of God!  He does what He says and He cares about you!  Remember every detail of what He’s done so you can tell your kids and their kids.  We must remember!  God is forever and He will lead us to our true Home.

Psalm 46

God can handle my doubts and digging – He’s a safe place to vent my fears and frustrations.  I know that no matter how recklessly I throw myself at Him – doubts and trust alike – His Truth will catch me and pull me ever closer to Him.

He made the Earth and every creature in it.  Nature obeys His every command.  It is foolish to doubt His power or existence.  He’s been around forever.

This God of everything is the One who protects us!  Stop what you’re doing for a minute and look at the big picture.  See how God is in it all and you’re just a speck.  This is the God who loves and pursues us!

Psalm 45

I’m ready to write a love song to my beautiful King Jesus.  Too shy to say the words to His face, my pen will sing the words in my heart.

Beautiful Jesus, You are my heart’s desire.  Even though I’ve never seen Your face, the beauty of Your kindness, the gentleness of Your compassion, Your strong words to those who oppose You – all I read about You makes my heart melt with longing to be with You.  I want to follow You like a faithful servant, ready and willing to do all You ask.  But more than a servant, You treat me as a friend.  I want to lay my head on Your chest and listen as You talk about Your love for humanity and the intimate, intricate relationship You have with Your Father and Your Spirit.

I present myself before You, clothed in a dazzling white dress, beautiful in a way only You could make me.  I put my own home and allegiances behind me.  I’m all Yours.  Yours and Yours alone.  You take my breath away as I gaze on Your beauty – wrapped in a robe of glittering stars, Your face brighter than the sun.  I want to bring You children – expanding Your kingdom with voices of little ones who love You.  Thank You Jesus for choosing us to be Your bride.

Psalm 44

It’s my job to pass this story on: this story of Good triumphing over Evil, of God having His day and of Jesus rising victorious from the dead.  And, it keeps getting better, of what is yet to come!  I must pass it on to my children, to my friends and neighbors, whomever will listen!

Because You have given us such a beautiful gift – Good News that will bring great joy to all people!  I can’t keep this to myself, it’s for sharing!  I don’t trust my job or circumstances – they’re not trustworthy – but I do trust in God.  Oh!  I wish everyone would trust You.  You have never let me down, never left me alone when I needed You.

Psalm 42-43

When a deer gets thirsty it runs through the woods until it finds water.  I’m thirsty God!  So, so, so thirsty for You.  I’m near dehydration, quench my spirit!  I need to drink long gulps of You, God.  Relieve my parched and weary body.  I’m so tired.  So tired.  It’s been too long since I had a decent drink of God’s presence.

All day long people demand my energy and attention.  “Give me!”  “I need!”  “More, more, more!”  I’m always ready to offer a hand.  The first to volunteer whenever there’s a need.  It’s because I love You and want to serve You.  So why am I so tired?  So sad about the way things are going now?  I’ll focus on God and what He’s done for me.  Soon I’ll be singing a happy song of praise.  Thinking of God’s faithfulness brings me joy.   He’s my God.

When I get overwhelmed or sad I rehearse everything I know about You.  From the beauty of Your creation to the way You loved me by giving me my husband and son and daughter.  You always provide for our needs and You’ve shielded me from the emotional damage I ought to have experienced.  You care about me intimately and I can tell.

Sometimes I ask God – God, who I know can handle my complaints, who will never leave me – “Why did You give me this life?  This is too hard!  It’s not what I wanted!”  But I know what I have is so much better, so much richer than what I wished for.

Why am I so tired?  So sad about the way things are going now?  I’ll focus on God and what He’s done for me.  Soon I’ll be singing a happy song of praise.  Thinking of God’s faithfulness brings me joy.  He’s my God.

Psalm 41

God is healer.  He can heal a body plagued with cancer and He can heal a soul riddled with sin.

When everyone else would say, “That person is a goner,” God can bring glory to His name by healing the person, body and soul.  But how sweet it will be when I don’t have to worry about this body anymore and my soul can join with millions of others singing praises to God in His throne room.

Psalm 40

I was a long time serving You before things started to click for me.

Even though I was Your child, I had sat down on the race course, bogged down and distracted by getting my shoes tied just right, making sure I had all the right equipment, until I forgot I was running the race at all!

But You came along and offered a hand up.  You set me back on the track and ran alongside of me until I remembered what the race was about again.  We sang a song to make the time fly by and our feet started pounding a rhythm.

More and more of us are joining the race – running hard to bring awareness about God’s Kingdom.  Those on God’s team have an adventure life – we never know what’s coming next!  One thing’s for sure – God never leaves us hanging like the world’s “sure thing” did.  We don’t need the latest fads and must-haves; God created a universe that is full of marvels and questions that will lead us to Him.  When I try to describe You to someone else, I don’t even know where to start.  There is no human language that could encompass You.

You don’t need me to do, do, do and put on my Sunday face for You.  You gave me a heart that longs to learn about what You’re really after.  So I read Your letter and saw that it was written to me.  That’s when it started to click for me and I just couldn’t get enough.  I want to tell everyone about You, God, to keep nothing back.  I don’t want to keep the news of Your Kingdom a secret, hiding it from people who want to know what You’re about.  People need to know how dependable You are, how thorough in the way You heal – body and soul.  I can’t keep Your love and truth all to myself, everyone needs to know the whole story.

Now God, don’t hold out on me.  Fill me with Your love and passion – all the way to the brim, I don’t want to half-ass this!  I’m completely embarrassed by the guilt of my sins – I probably don’t even know how many I commit each day!  My pride and selfishness cover me like kudzu; I can hardly see past myself!  Quick God, get me out of here!  Don’t give Satan the satisfaction of another apathetic racer.  I need the crowd around me to boo his progress and throw rotten tomatoes at him while You untangle me from this mess.

But as for me and the rest of those racing after You, let us sing our racing song while we run on our merry way – run and never quit.  I’ll tell you what – I’m a mess.  I’m not a good runner and I don’t bring anything to the table.  But You, You can make something of me.  You have the ability to turn me into a champion – worthy of Your Olympic team.  If anyone can do it, it’s You.  But please God, let’s start training today.

Psalm 39

I will watch my tongue, God, when I’m in the company of others, but when it’s just You and me, all bets are off.  You may get an earful from me about how rotten things are, but I’m counting on You to gently remind me that it’s not about me.  Yes, I may be a puff of smoke, a minor detail, but I’m Your minor detail on Your great canvas and without the details the picture would not be so beautiful.

P.S. I can see I have lessons to learn about respect and humility.  Thank You for loving me as I am.  Change my heart so I don’t sit in my sin.