READING: Psalms 131, 138-139, 143-145
TEXTS AND APPLICATION: I am both challenged and humbled by these psalms. The scriptures are so filled with life application . . . and the personal reflection demanded by these verses is intense. These texts help me to examine my life and pray as the psalmist prayed:
1. EXAMINATION: Do these words about humility describe my life?
Psalm 131:1, 2b; 138:6 Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. . . I am like a little child. . . . Though the Lord is exalted, He takes note of the humble; but He knows the haughty from a distance.
Psalm 139:15-16 My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.
Psalm 143:2 Do not bring Your servant into judgment, for no one alive is righteous in Your sight.
2. APPLICATION: Do I pray these prayers?
Psalm 138:1 I will give You thanks with all my heart.
Psalm 139:14 I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well.
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.
Psalm 143:8, 10 Let me experience Your faithful love in the morning, for I trust in You. Reveal to me the way I should go because I long for You. . . . Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground.
Psalm 144:9 God, I will sing a new song to You.
Psalm 145:1-2 I exalt You, my God the King, and praise Your name forever and ever. I will praise You every day; I will honor Your name forever and ever.
PRAYER: Use the psalmist’s prayers to pray today. It’s good to pray God’s Word.
TOMORROW’S READING: 1 Chronicles 26-29, Psalm 127