On day 28 of our 31 days through the Psalms, we read chapters 137-140.
In Psalm 137 we read that the author was captured by his enemies and tortured for his faith. He was asked to make music to the Lord, almost to be mocked for it. The author seemed upset by this, not wanting to forget who he was singing of (the Lord), and if he were to forget, he wished to lose his ability to play music all together. He knew that his gift was from God and God is the one who he should be using his talent for.
Psalm 138 is beautiful. The author begins this song by saying he will give thanks to the Lord with his whole heart. This has been mentioned in psalms past, but is once again a great reminder that we should be living in a way that we praise and give thanks to God with all of our heart and soul. Verse 6 of this chapter is one of my favorites; “For though the Lord is high, He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar.” This is a wonderful reminder that it is important for us to live a life of brokenness and humility, as God is near to those who are humble in spirit.
Psalm 139 is lovely in how it shows us that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. He is all powerful, in control of every living thing. He knows all, even before it happens. He is everywhere—He does not live inside of time, but instead is outside of time, which is something hard to even comprehend. I love the way David closes out this song by asking the Lord to search his heart and know his thoughts. We too should be praying for God to know our hearts.
In chapter 140 we see David crying out for deliverance from the wicked. I love what he says in the last part of verse 9; “let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!” this is so neat to me because it makes me think of praying for God to have those who speak lies and deceit be torn up by their wicked words. For the words they utter to come back and bite them, so they might learn that they cannot expect to get away with it without being affected. The words we speak have more power than we realize, so it is vital that we think before we speak.