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“May you and I keep the Lord always front and center in our life.” <>< Dona (08/27/20)

Please read Psalm 127-134.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Psalm 127 Theme

Life is pointless without God (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist understood that it made no sense to live without God (v. 2).

Something to think about

The psalmist understood that children were a gift from God (v. 3-4).

Something to experience

We too need to make sure to show gratitude to God for our children (v. 5a). And we need to talk to others of our love for our children (v 5b).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, they who build it labor in vain.  Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman guards it in vain.

Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to stay up late, eating the bread of toil, for He gives sleep to his loved ones.

Psalm 127:3-4 Behold, children are a heritage of the Lord.  The fruit of the womb is His reward.  As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of youth.

Psalm 127:5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.  They won’t be disappointed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

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Psalm 128 Theme

God the head of our home.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist believed God would bless the family.

Something to think about

The psalmist believed the Lord would bless everyone who feared Him and walked in His ways (v. 1).  This included mothers, fathers, and children (see v. 3-6).

Something to experience

Reading God’s Word will help us walk in God’s ways.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 128:1 Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways.


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Psalm 129 Theme

God will lead us through difficult times.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist had experienced difficult even in his youth yet his enemies didn’t prevail (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

The psalmist trusted the Lord who was righteous to free him from the wicked (v. 4). My Bible notes: The people of Israel were persecuted from their earliest days, but never completely destroyed.

Something to experience

The Christian church has faced persecution in the past.  And even today we in America are being harassed.  But we must stand strong.  The church will never be destroyed because it’s not of this world.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 129:1-2 1 Many times they have afflicted me from my youth up.  Let Israel now say, many times they have afflicted me from my youth up, yet they have not prevailed against me.

Psalm 129:4 The Lord is righteous.  He has cut apart the cords of the wicked.


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Psalm 130 Theme

The Lord’s forgives (v. 4).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist cried out to You (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

The psalmist believed that though God knew his sins He was willing to forgive (v. 3-4).  The psalmist waited for the Lord to respond (v. 5).  The psalmist’s soul longed for the Lord (v. 6). 

Something to experience

We can experience the Lord’s loving kindness. We can find abundant redemption with the Lord (v. 7).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 130:1-2 1 Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord.  Lord, hear my voice.  Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my petitions.

Psalm 130:3-4 If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, therefore You are feared.

Psalm 130:5 I wait for the Lord.  My soul waits.  I hope in His Word.

Psalm 130:6 My soul longs for the Lord more than watchmen long for the  morning, more than watchmen for the morning.

Psalm 130:7 Israel, hope in the Lord, for there is loving kindness with the Lord.  Abundant redemption is with Him.

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Psalm 131 Theme

God’s contentment.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist found contentment (v. 1).

Something to think about

The psalmist was content because he stilled and quieted his soul (v. 2).

Something to experience

If we want to experience contentment, we need to take the psalmist’s advice and hope in the Lord now and forever (v. 3).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 131:1 O Lord, my heart isn’t arrogant, nor my eyes lofty; nor do I concern myself with great matters, or things too wonderful for me.

Psalm 131:2 Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

Psalm 131:3 Israel, hope in the Lord, from this time forward and forever more.

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Psalm 132 Theme

Honoring God.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist was speaking of David and his desire to house the ark of the covenant in the temple in Jerusalem. 

Something to think about

David had wanted to build a temple for the Lord but God wanted David’s son Solomon to oversee the actual building of the temple (compare Psalm 132:1-16 with II Samuel 7:1-16 and Psalm 132:17-18 with Luke 1:67-77).

Something to experience

We Christians are now the temple that God dwells in (I Corinthians 6:19-20).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 132:3-4 “Surely I will not come into the structure of my house, nor go up into my bed; I will not give sleep to my eyes, or slumber to my eyelids; until I find out a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Psalm 132:8 Arise, O Lord, into Your resting place, You, and the ark of Your strength.

Psalm 132:13-16 13 For the Lord has chosen Zion.  He has desired it for His habitation.  14 “This is My resting place forever.  I will live here, for I have desired it.  15 I will abundantly bless her provision.  I will satisfy her poor with bread.  16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation.  Her saints will shout aloud for joy.

Psalm 132:17-18 17 I will make the horn of David to bud there.  I have ordained a lamp for My anointed.  18 I will clothe his enemies with shame, but on himself, his crown will shine.”

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Psalm 133 Theme

Unity (v. 1-3).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist believed it was good and pleasant to live together in unity (v. 1).

Something to think about

My Bible notes: Expensive oil was used by Moses to anoint Aaron as the first high priest of Israel (Exodus 29:7) and to dedicate all the priests to God’s service. Brotherly unity, like the anointing oil shows that we are dedicated to serving God wholeheartedly. 

Something to experience

My Bible notes: Unity in the church is important because 1. It makes the church a positive example to the world 2. It helps draw others to us 3. It helps us cooperate as a body of believers 4. It renews and revitalizes; there is less tension to sap our energy.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 133:1-3 See how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to live together in unity!  It is like the precious oil on the head, that ran down on the beard, even Aaron’s beard, that came down on the edge of his robes, like the dew of Hermon, that comes down on the hills of Zion; for there the Lord gives the blessing, even life forever more.

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Psalm 134 Theme

Worshipping God.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist was talking about the Levites who served as temple watchmen (v. 1).

Something to think about

The Levites’ work was to be an act of praise to God.  And it was to be done reverently and responsibly (v. 1-3). 

Something to experience

Any job we do should be done as unto the Lord.  We should honor God by our faithfulness to complete the work we’ve been called to do.  And our reverent attitude toward the job we’ve been called to do.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 134:1-3 1 Look! Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the Lord’s house!  Lift up your hands in the sanctuary.  Praise the Lord! May the Lord bless you from Zion, even He who made heaven and earth.

Prayer

Lord, I pray we will trust You to build our lives.  I pray we will trust You to protect us (Psalm 127:1). Lord, I pray we will indeed belong to You (Psalm 127:2). Lord, I ask You to bless our children and I pray they will bring joy to You (Psalm 127:3).  Lord, I pray we will thank You continually for the children You’ve given us (Psalm 127:5).  Lord, I pray we will show reverence toward You.  I pray we will walk in Your ways (Psalm 128:1).  You Lord are righteous (Psalm 129:4).  Lord, I pray You will hear us when we cry out to You (Psalm 130:1-2).  Lord, thank You for forgiving us when we come to You in repentance (Psalm 130:3-4). Lord, I pray our hope will be in You always (Psalm 130:5).  Lord, I pray we will long for Your Presence in our life (Psalm 130:6).  Thank You Lord for Your loving kindness and Your abundant redemption (Psalm 130:7). Lord, I pray we will surrender ourselves as a dwelling place for Your Holy Spirit (Psalm 132:3-4). Lord, I thank You for sending Your Son to shine into our lives (Psalm 132:17-18). Lord, I pray we believers will dwell together in unity (Psalm 133:1). Lord, I pray we will praise You continually (Psalm 134:1-3).  In Your Son, Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I continually praise the Lord.” <>< Dona