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Psalm 122

I rejoiced – was glad, couldn’t wait, looked forward to going to God’s house.  (In those days it’s possible that going to the temple at Jerusalem could only be done once a year at the most.)

The tribes of Israel go to praise God.

Pray for the peace of God’s city.

May those who love God’s house be secure.

For the sake of God’s house, seek for the prosperity of the city.


Psalm 104

Praise the Lord my soul. Here’s why:
God is very great
God is clothed with splendor and majesty
God wraps Himself in light
The heavens are God’s tent
The clouds are God’s chariots
God rides on the wings of the wind
God makes wind His messenger
God makes fire His servant
God set the earth on its foundation so it can’t be moved
God covered the earth with oceans higher than the mountains
At God’s word the waters receded to where He assigned them
God set a boundary for the waters
God makes springs to flow between the mountains into ravines
God waters the animals
God provides nests for the birds
God waters the mountains from heaven
God satisfies the earth with His work and its fruit
God grows grass for the cattle
God grows plants for man to cultivate
God brings forth food
God brings forth wine to gladden hearts
God brings forth oil to make faces shine
God brings forth bread to sustain hearts
God waters His trees that He planted
Birds make their nests in the trees that God planted
The stork has its home in the pine trees
The high mountains belong to the high goats
The crags are a refuge for the rock badgers
The moon marks off the seasons
The sun knows when to go down
God brings darkness and at night the beast of the forest prowl
The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God
The sun rises, the beasts of the forest return to their dens, and man goes out to his work until evening.

God’s works are many!
God made them in wisdom
The earth is full of God’s creatures
The sea teems with creatures beyond number – large and small
The ships go to and fro in the vast and spacious sea
The sea monster frolics there
All creatures look to God for their food
When You give they gather and are satisfied
When You hide their face, they are terrified
When You take away their breath, they die and return to dust
When You send Your spirit, they are created and renewed

God’s glory endures forever
God rejoices in his work
God looks at the earth and it trembles
God touches the mountains and they smoke

Sing praise all your life
Rejoice and make your meditation pleasing
Sinner and wicked will vanish

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 100

Shout for joy. Make a joyful noise.
Everyone. All the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness.
Worship the Lord with gladness.
Obey the Lord with gladness.
Come before Him, His presence with gladness.

Know – learn, believe, apply. That the lord is God
That God made us
That we belong to God
That we are the sheep of his pasture. His pasture is the best in all the land.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving – the gates of His pasture – the world we live in.
Enter into his courts with praise. The earth is His court.
Give thanks to God.
Praise God’s name.
God is good,
God’s love endures all we do to Him forever. No matter how often we hurt Him – He still loves us, and is faithful to us.

Psalm 95

Sing for joy
Shout aloud
Come before Him with thanksgiving
Extol Him with music and song
Make a joyful noise

The Lord is the great God
The Lord is the great King
The Lord is above all gods
The earth’s core is in God’s hands
The mountain peaks belong to God
God made the sea
God’s hands formed the dry land

Bow down and worship
Kneel before our Maker
He is our God
We are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care. He cares for us as a shepherd cares for his sheep.

Today if you hear God’s voice, listen – or else you may spend forty years wandering in the desert, never reaching your goal even though it’s close and within reach.

Be righteous and God will light your way.
Have upright motives in your heart and you’ll have joy.
Praise God’s name.

Psalm 63

God is my God. God. The best there is. Is my God. I can know and work with the absolute best.

Earnestly, eagerly I seek and search. Early. Early in the morning. Early in a decision. Early in a project. Early in a problem. The very first thing.

My soul thirsts – it just has to have a drink of God or it will soon faint.

My body longs for You. – it needs to be held and comforted. I want the pleasure of your company.

The world is a dry and weary land. No water here in this world can quench the soul’s thirst for its Creator.

I see You in the place of worship – Your power and Your glory, Your perfection.

Because You are my God and the best there is, I will praise You as long as I live, and lift up my hands in prayer.

My soul will be satisfied as with the best of foods perfectly prepared.

On my bed I remember and meditate – all through the night.

God helps me. He keeps and protects me in the shadow of His wings. He holds me in the palm of His hand. Therefore I sing and cling to Him.

God’s people will overcome all enemies and liars.

The Worship of Job

“Then Job stood up, tore his robe and shaved his head.  He fell to the ground and worshiped, saying: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will leave this life.  The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away.  Praise the name of the Lord.’  Throughout all this Job did not sin or blame God for anything.”  (Christian Standard Bible)

Four messengers have come to Job.  They report the loss of oxen, donkeys, sheep, camels, servants, seven sons and three daughters.  All that Job has left of his vast estate are these four servants and whoever serves the household.  Everything else was stolen, struck down, burned up, devoured or killed.

Then Job stands up and expresses his grief by tearing his robe and he expresses his submission by shaving his head (Moody Bible Commentary).  He falls to the ground and worships.  He doesn’t stand to rant and rave.  He doesn’t sit to wail and moan and throw a pity party.  He doesn’t blame God for anything.  Amazing.  So unlike us.  We’re quick to blame, having learned the game well from Adam and Eve.  No blame from Job, just praise.  Regardless of the circumstances.  He channels all his grief and anguish into worship.  Just as those who saw God fell to the ground in fear, Job sees God in the events of his life and falls to the ground in fear and worship.

Job acknowledges that he brought nothing into this world and he will take nothing out of it.  In between birth and death, God gives and God takes away.  It’s true all through our lives – possessions come and go, as do people.  Usually the coming and going is gradual, so we’re not as aware of it as Job was when he lost everything and most everyone in one day.

What faith and trust in God that his first response is to turn to Him!  We don’t usually turn first to God for the smaller catastrophes.  We might roll up our sleeves and dig in, or we might call in family and friends for support, but we rarely go to God first and foremost.  The bigger the catastrophe, the sooner we go to God.

What an interesting concept of worship.  We link worship with Sunday morning services for the most part.  We think of worship as music and rarely connect worship and prayer, or worship and offering, or worship and sacrifice.  We have no problem associating worship with joy and gladness, but sorrow and mourning?  The lesson from Job is to bring every circumstance and every emotion to God in worship.  Blessed be the name of the Lord!