Lent 2022 Day 32
Thu 7 Apr
Psalm 91 Psalms and Proverbs
9 If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge,’ and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 ‘Because he loves me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.’
There is no space to cover Psalms and Proverbs, but these may be among the most well-known of the books of the Old Testament. When I was a choirboy, I sang from the Old Testament each Sunday – I should utterly have fainted, but that I believe verily to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (That’s what comes of having rehearsed and sung words like these – they stay with you.)
The Psalms are a wonderful mix of praise, jubilation, exhortation and awe. They also contain words of lament, sorrow, and regret. Some Psalms come from a heart that has been ripped out and spread on the dust of the ground.
Psalms encourage me, because they keep reminding me that God is great, no matter what the circumstances. I believe what the Psalmist is saying, because of his own humanity that surfaces again and again throughout the collection.
You might like to read and meditate on the whole of Psalm 91 – try the Coverdale translation in the Book of Common Prayer
We covered Psalms in our Lent reflections in 2019. Even in forty days you are not going to see all of them, but I hope that I picked out forty memorable ones.
As to Proverbs, I can only suppose that Solomon, who is the likely writer of most of this book, had a hard time living with 700 wives and 300 concubines. I think of his plight as described in Proverbs 27:15-16. Ladies should not look these two verses up.
How many of the Psalms can you recite by heart?
Which of the Proverbs have proved wise in your experience?
Do you recognise where words from verse 11 in this psalm appear in the New Testament?
Father God, the heavens declare your glory, the earth brims over with your glory. You are worthy of all praise, and we are exhorted to praise your wondrous acts. I have breath – praise you, Lord. Amen.
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