For day 20, we read chapters 98-102.
In Psalm 98, the author is telling all of creation to praise the Lord. Evert creature and things in the earth should praise Him—from man to animal, mountains to rivers, the moon and the sun. That is such a beautiful picture!
I loved Psalm 99 and how much it prompts us to praise God because of His holiness. Verse 4 says, “The King in His might loves justice.” It is so encouraging, as it reminds us that God sees all and will ensure justice is achieved for what is unjust. He is the ultimate judge, so we do not need to worry about seeing justice from men, because God will have justice in the end.
Psalm 100 once again encourages us to enter the Lord’s presence with songs of praise. Verse 2 says; “Serve the Lord with gladness, come into His presence with singing!” The first part of this verse is important. How many times do we serve merely out of duty or obligation, or with a begrudging heart or attitude? We are to “serve the Lord with gladness!” Even if we are obedient in our actions, if our heart behind it is wrong, we are still in sin. We should rejoice because we have the gift of freedom to serve and worship Him instead of being in bondage to sin.
Psalm 101 speaks of walking in integrity and blamelessness. I love how David says, “No one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes.” That is a very serious statement, one that I don’t think I could wholeheartedly follow without wavering. It would be so hard to take that seriously and truly avoid those who deceive, lie, or speak wickedness. This would not only be unbelievers and strangers, but brothers and sisters, friends and family. I do think it is important to understand the seriousness of this issue and be willing to address and confront it when it comes up in a loving manner.
Psalm 102 shows us once again a person crying out, asking God to make haste and hear their cry. I like that even though this author is in distress, he still acknowledges that God is in control—He always has been and always will be. He tells us that God’s glory will remain forever, even when the things of earth pass away. What a beautiful picture!