Easter is a pinnacle of feelings, where do we go from here? Well… Go on singing!
David wrote so many Psalms as songs, and I am sure he returned to singing them over and over again. David’s psalms/songs are said to include: 2—9; 11—32; 34—41; 51—65; 68—70; 86; 95; 101; 103; 108—110; 122; 124; 131; 133; and 138—145. Yes, 75 of the 150, the scholars note.
Psalm 101, David will try to lead a blameless life. Isn’t that like us, after Easter, enrolling in our Spring semester of “Life 101”, trying to live a blameless life after a glorious Easter Day, and yet see pitfalls everywhere. We are just human, we know. Psalm Life 101 has many challenges of “life-happens”. But in all this, God does not change. He does not waiver from His ultimate grade of LOVE. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. Psalm 102:27 (unknown as David or other appreciative writer)…
God, schooling us in “Life 101”, does NOT release the grades of your homework assignments or exams over the course of the semester of life, He forgives and is slow to anger, removing transgressions (Psalm 103)
Psalm 103 surely is a favorite: Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
Where would we be without God? Not even a question because God made us, we wouldn’t even be. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
Praise the Lord, my soul. Let us keep reading and SINGING Psalm 101, 102 103 and on… Keep living “Life 101”. Stay in School where God rules!.
God keeps being God, and so we must keep SINGING….
Psalm 101:1-2 of David.
I will sing of your love and justice, to you, Lord, I will sing praise. I will be careful to lead a blameless life – when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. I will not look with approval on anything that is vile.
My days are like the evening shadow; I wither away like grass. But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations. You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come. For her stones are dear to your servants; her very dust moves them to pity. The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory. For the Lord will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory. He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.
Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord: “The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high, from heaven he viewed the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners and release those condemned to death.” So the name of the Lord will be declared in Zion and his praise in Jerusalem when the peoples and the kingdoms assemble to worship the Lord. In the course of my life he broke my strength; he cut short my days. So I said: “Do not take me away, my God, in the midst of my days; your years go on through all generations. In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. The children of your servants will live in your presence; their descendants will be established before you.”
Psalm 103. Of David.
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children – with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, my soul.