Know my Heart

Thoughts from David Kitz on one of my favourite psalms.

I love the Psalms

Reading:                                         Psalm 139

(Verses 23-24)

Search me, God, and know my heart;

test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,

and lead me in the way everlasting (NIV).

Reflection

In my opinion, Psalm 139 rates in the top ten of the 150 psalms in the Bible. Many find deep comfort and encouragement in it. It is arguably the most intimate or personal psalm. Take a minute to read the entire psalm and you will see for yourself why I draw these conclusions.

IMG_20170325_072353[153] Shine your light on me, Grey Nuns Park, Orleans, ON — photo by David Kitz The Psalm begins by pointing out the futility of fleeing from God. We can’t hide from Him though we may try. The prophet Jonah discovered this truth the…

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Lift Up your Hands

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I love the Psalms

Reading:                                        Psalm 134

A song of ascents.

Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD
who minister by night in the house of the L
ORD.
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary
and praise the L
ORD.

May the LORD bless you from Zion,
he who is the Maker of heaven and earth
(NIV).

Reflection

This is the fifteenth and final psalm in the Songs of Ascent series. In reality, this psalm is the pilgrims’ farewell offering of worship to the LORD.  After a week or more in Jerusalem, the time has arrived for the pilgrims to return to their homes. But on the evening before they set out on the return journey, they make one last visit to Mount Zion and the great Temple of the LORD. There they lift their hands…

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Self-Denial

I love the Psalms

Reading:                                        Psalm 132

A song of ascents.

(Verses 1-5)

LORD, remember David
and all his self-denial.

He swore an oath to the LORD,
he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
“I will not enter my house or go to my bed,
I will allow no sleep to my eyes
or slumber to my eyelids,
till I find a place for the L
ORD,
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob”
(NIV).

Reflection

This is the thirteenth psalm in the Songs of Ascent series. With this psalm, the author returns to a familiar theme—the glory of God’s presence in Zion. It is what has drawn the pilgrims to this holy place. They have come to worship and meet with God.

img_20170209_162239 Icy sunset, Grey Nuns Park, Ottawa…

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Full Redemption

Good thoughts on the value of waiting on GOD.

I love the Psalms

Reading:                                        Psalm 130

(Verses 5-8)

I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
 I wait for the L
ORD
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
for with the L
ORD is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins
(NIV).

Reflection

Psalm 130 can be divided into three distinct sections: the confessional approach, the wait, and the LORD’s response. In yesterday’s reading, we looked at the confessional approach. The psalmist came before his God and poured out his heart. In desperation he pleaded for mercy and forgiveness. At the same time he acknowledged the extreme mercy of God. He knows full…

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