I don't know about the rest of you, but this first week of studying Psalms has been such a blessing. It is amazing how much one can draw from even one or two verses. What I found very helpful was to read the chapter once or twice each day and then to spend time to focus on one or two verses. The memorization has been a little hard for me, but I decided to write them on index cards and keep them with me as I commute daily.
What really stuck out to me in Psalms 4 was David's continuous cry was to be heard of the Lord and he passionately cried out. His heart broke with the reality of the ungodliness around him. He wondered "how long" they would continue to dabble with sin. I was struck with the realization that this needs to also be my daily and passionate cry.
However I was blessed with how amidst the anguish of all this sin that surrounded him, David still realized that he was set apart for God and amidst all this anguish he could still lay down at night and be sheltered in the peace that only God gives.
But even amidst it all, human tendencies tend to flare, such as becoming angry. God admonished David not to sin in anger, but rather to meditate and be still!
My motto for the coming week: Be Still! Selah!
Blessings to all!
This week, starting 1/7/13, is based on Psalms 8.