It’s Wednesday! This week we are in Part 3 of the Psalms, which covers Psalms 73-89. I’m starting to reach that point where I wish we were doing one Psalm a week, because so much speaks to me in this mid-portion of the book. I love that God gave us David’s words, so full of ups and downs, triumphs and failures, sins and redemptions… One man’s life as a reflection of us all at one point or another. Awesome.
Psalm 86:13 (NAS)–For Your lovingkindness toward me is great, and You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
This really ought to be my life verse. Have you ever stopped to think that God doesn’t give you what you deserve? If he did, well, you wouldn’t be here. None of us would be here. What we deserve is so far past our worst nightmares that it is unthinkable. But what God gives us instead… In a lot of ways, it’s so far past our wildest imaginings that it’s also unthinkable, but in a whole different way. His lovingkindness toward us surpasses great. It is knock-your-hair-right-off-your-head amazing.
I know I’ve said it recently–and I can’t remember if it was here or somewhere else–but I identify with God more as Deliverer than as Savior. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I can look at my life and look at His law and see where I would be dead and gone without hope by now were it not for the incredible sacrifice of my Jesus. Thing is, He has always been such a part of my life that I don’t have that dramatic conversion story. What I do have is the awesome moment in which He delivered me from a lifetime of anxious fears, from the weight of sins that threatened to suffocate me, from a future that still makes me cringe when I imagine what I would have been had He not stepped in. Oh yes, His lovingkindness toward me is great. Believe me, not only has He delivered me from the depths of literal hell, He has delievered me from the earthly version of the grave as well. So when I read this verse, boy, do I feel it somewhere deep in the core of me. I am here because of His lovingkindness.
Okay, folks. Hop down to those comments and bring on your favorite verses from this section of the Psalms. Next week we look at part 4, which covers 90-106. I look forward to hearing from everyone!