Psalm 50 - One A Week Psalm Project
My trusty commentary says of this Psalm “Part of the value of God’s silence is that it allows us to be ourselves – and to reveal ourselves.”
Psalms 1-72 by Derek Kidner
The words that I like from this Psalm are vrs9-11:
“I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goat from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills: I know every bird in the mountains and the creatures of the field are mine.”
God does not need us.
God invites us into a genuine, mutual relationship.
God graces us with God’s gift of friendship.
So much so we can choose to be without it.
I am trying to develop my thankfulness through developing a variety of ongoing and sustainable lifestyle changes.
How can I live in a way that is respectful and responsible and demonstrates thankfulness?
Part of this Psalm process has been learning how to think. Or rather, giving myself the time to practice thinking and feeling. To practice how to think deeply and how time so significantly effects how deeply we can think on things. The time allotted to this project has become precious, as I have learnt that the time allows me to delve more deeply into things, to make connections between seeming unconnected threads, and to separate out threads too tightly knotted together. It has re-emphaised my desire to grapple with the big and the deep in life (small talk is more difficult for me) but I know the research I’m engaging in will certainly test this.