Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Psalms For Moms

This chapter stayed open on my dresser for over a week. When I'd walk by, I'd read a few verses, letting the words wash over me, a baptism of Truth. On different days, different verses jumped out at me.

I like the Message version of this Psalm, so I thought today instead of sharing just one or two verses, I'd share the whole thing. Maybe you need a baptism too...

Psalm 25 (The Message)

Psalm 25

A David Psalm

1-2 My head is high, God, held high; I'm looking to you, God;
No hangdog skulking for me.

3 I've thrown in my lot with you;
You won't embarrass me, will you?
Or let my enemies get the best of me?
Don't embarrass any of us
Who went out on a limb for you.
It's the traitors who should be humiliated.

4 Show me how you work, God;
School me in your ways.

5 Take me by the hand;
Lead me down the path of truth.
You are my Savior, aren't you?

6 Mark the milestones of your mercy and love, God;
Rebuild the ancient landmarks!

7 Forget that I sowed wild oats;
Mark me with your sign of love.
Plan only the best for me, God!

8 God is fair and just;
He corrects the misdirected,
Sends them in the right direction.

9 He gives the rejects his hand,
And leads them step-by-step.

10 From now on every road you travel
Will take you to God.
Follow the Covenant signs;
Read the charted directions.

11 Keep up your reputation, God;
Forgive my bad life;
It's been a very bad life.

12 My question: What are God-worshipers like?
Your answer: Arrows aimed at God's bull's-eye.

13 They settle down in a promising place;
Their kids inherit a prosperous farm.

14 God-friendship is for God-worshipers;
They are the ones he confides in.

15 If I keep my eyes on God,
I won't trip over my own feet.

16 Look at me and help me!
I'm all alone and in big trouble.

17 My heart and kidneys are fighting each other;
Call a truce to this civil war.

18 Take a hard look at my life of hard labor,
Then lift this ton of sin.

19 Do you see how many people
Have it in for me?
How viciously they hate me?

20 Keep watch over me and keep me out of trouble;
Don't let me down when I run to you.

21 Use all your skill to put me together;
I wait to see your finished product.

22 God, give your people a break
From this run of bad luck.
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Zibilee said...

I loved this, and a lot of it was filled with things I needed to hear today. I am constantly realizing that I need to have God fill every inch of my life, because there is no way I am able to do all this on my own, It's a very humbling to realize this, but also comforting to know He wants to be there to help. Thanks for this Marybeth. God Bless you!

Meghan said...

Thanks Marybeth! I have too been reading through the Psalms and I find that they are very challenging for my faith, in a great way. Thanks for be an encourager and faithful in connecting to women through your blog!

Donna Earnhardt said...

Hi MaryBeth! Your blog is full of joy...I really like that!

I am looking forward to meeting you this weekend!

Cheri Bunch said...

This is wonderful, Marybeth, and extremely timely for me. Even the verse about the heart and the kidneys being at war. I know that sounds strange and I wish that I could call you up and share with you about it . . . it is medical and not so fun to post here . . . but this whole Psalm has touched home base for me this morning. Thank you for posting it!

With blessings,