Psalm 9 - One A Week Psalm Project
One A Week Psalm Project
- The psalm this week is long(er).
- I made this project public last night, and it’s a bit scary. (Note: these posts are currently 8 weeks behind my ‘real life’ experience)
- I miss Psalm 8:1 already – it was such a good breath prayer to carry with me and I realize now, after the week, how much I was carrying it with me.
- I began audio recording the psalm this week because I didn’t like the audio bible version I’d downloaded. I think I’ll keep doing this.
“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
- This is one of those things that is easier to know intellectually than to act like I believe.
“…let the nations know they are only mortals.”
- The nations we create will not last
and we only last by the grace of God.
V15 “The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.”
- I think it’s interesting how this psalm reflects on how we ensnare ourselves. We trip ourselves up so easily.
As a nation how many pits that we have dug are we about to fall into?
How many nets of our own making are we about to trip over?
Throughout the week, even though I felt I had had periods of focus on the psalm, there were also distinct moments when I couldn’t remember a thing about it.
I’ve felt busy and overwhelmed all day. All week.
Making the project public was stressful, not because of making it public, but because of the technical aspects of getting in done.
As I watered the garden tonight I realized that the reason I wanted to do circle drawing this morning is because things have felt busy this week. I wanted something that is slow, that is breathing paced. That isn’t colourful, that has minimal simulation.
This is the thing with spiritual disciplines, creative or not, you have to listen to discover what you need and then actually be honest.
You need both steps and both can be difficult.
Lord help me to listen,
to not rush through the silence
but allow it to permeate and spread and become part of everything.-
I made myself slow down in this reflection time. To sit and listen to the psalm being read and slowly draw circles.
And I realized that this week has been the perfect example of how mortal we are.
I spoke at a funeral this week for a mortal man who had a great love for our immortal God and verse 13 seems appropriate for him:
“…Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death, that I may declare your praises in the gates of the Daughter of Zion and there rejoice in your salvation.”
May my triumphs not be mine or ours but yours.
May our ever-present mortality be ever present to us.
May your ever-present love be ever present to us.