For day 27, we read through chapters 131-136.
In Psalm 131 the author says he has calmed and quieted his soul. I love that. It can be so easy to just keep our focus on “high” and “marvelous” things without keeping our eyes on the Lord. With this comes anxiety and fear—but when we take time to pursue our relationship with God, we allow the Holy Spirit to fill us with peace, thus calming our soul.
Psalm 132 made my friends and I think of the importance of finding time to spend with the Lord each day. Verses 3-5 say “I will not enter my house of get into my bed, I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the Lord…” Though this passage is not specifically referencing that very thing, it reminded us how we should not go to sleep before making time to spend in fellowship with God.
Psalm 133 reminds us that unity within the body of believers is important. Without the support and fellowship of our brothers and sisters in Christ, we face our struggles and burdens alone. This Psalm reminds me of what we have been studying on Sunday’s at StoneWater in Philippians and how Paul discusses the importance of unity within the church body.
Psalm 134 calls the servants of the Lord to bless His name. I love this because we are His servants, yet we are blessed abundantly and have graciously been given the privilege to stand in His house as part of His church. Being a servant of God is by no means a bad or lowly thing, but the highest honor and blessing imaginable!
In Psalm 135 we read a beautiful song of praise. Verse 14 says “The Lord will vindicate His people and have compassion on His servants.” What an encouraging reminder that the Lord is for His people!
Psalm 136 tells us that our God is the God of gods. That is pretty amusing when you think about it! So many people worship false idols and gods who have been created or imagined by man. They are weak, having no power or authority. God Almighty is more powerful than all others are imagined to be. He is the God of all things, even over the “gods” of every other false religion.
In this chapter one of the things that stood out the most was how many times the phrase “The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever” is repeated. It is such a beautiful truth, and we should be reminded of it over and over again. His steadfast love endures forever!