Monday, March 31, 2008

Ending the Psalms

The Psalms consist of 150 chapters, so you can see that it takes a week to get through even though it only takes two months to get through the whole Bible at twenty chapters a day.  I've only had one cup of coffee this morning so far, so I'll write some thoughts and then get my two other cups of coffee before I call it breakfast.  I also have a hospital to go to and pray with a dear member.  Here are some thoughts from Psalms.
I started in chapter 133 and read into the second chapter of Proverbs.  In Ps. 133:1 "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"  I think this is why I love our church so much, there is such a spirit of love and unity you and feel it.  Yesterday a visitor came in the morning and evening service and felt she had found the church she had been looking for.  She said the spirit of the people was unbelieveable.  Well, it is God that does this, not us.  Thank God for His Spirit of unity in our lives.
As I was reading the end of Psalms, I couldn't get away from a verse I read two days ago in Ps. 109:4.  I didn't remember where it was, but I knew I marked the verse with a star and underlined it, so I went looking and found it.  It says:  "I give myself unto prayer".  I have been thinking about that for two days now, and it is beginning to make inroads into my spirit.  I need to "give myself unto prayer" as well.  I have notice that I seem to be talking to God even when I'm doing something and I am doing so without even noticing I'm doing it.  I know this doesn't fit into my reading schedule, but the Holy Spirit usually doesn't "fit" into any of my "schedules"; he desires me to "fit" into "His schedules".  Why don't we all meditate on that thought until it sinks deep into our spirit and becomes a part of us.  "I will give myself unto prayer". 
Psalms 136 says 26 times, (once for every verse):  ""for his mercy endureth for ever".  I think the Holy Spirit is trying to tell us something about the great mercy of God.... it endureth for ever!!
Ps. 139 says we are "fearfully and wonderfully made".  You cannot read this chapter without knowing that God created us, and knew exactly what He was doing.  He wrote our DNA into His book before we were even formed.  In cell form, He knew what we would be and wrote in His book all that we would become.  He died for us before we were born and loved us before we even existed.  WOW!!
Ps. 150 ends the Psalms.... this book of Praise.  It is fitting that in six short verses, the word "Praise" is found 13 times!!  What made David a "man after God's own heart".  David knew how to praise the Lord.  We ought to praise Him more.  Praise GOD!! 
See you tomorrow.  May God bless you and yours!!   Dr. Mike Mutchler, Pastor

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