Psalms 88, 91, 92
1 Corinthians 9:16-27
I read the Psalms assigned for today, and each seemed to be contrary to my mood of the moment. I put them away to read again later. The next time I read them, they hit my temperament again as very dark. They left me somewhat depressed even with the typical ‘happy ending’ of this type of Psalm.
It was WatCH night, and it was after time to leave. It was, as Snoopy would say, a dark and stormy night. This fit my mood. I thought I had to hurry. A pragmatic word about this: I live less than two miles from church. No matter how fast I go, I can only make up so much time in route. Rushing does little, but I was in a supposed hurry, so anything in my way raised my dander.
E. Frederick St. is a street that gets me too often. The speed limit is 35mph, but a lot of folks go 25. It makes sense, as it is residential and there is a school, but the limit is 35 and that night (as at other times) anyone in my way was a source of irritation. Why does such a brief ride on this street get to me? I did not know and thought to ask for a little help with a brief prayer.
Church appeared and I went inside in a dark mood. Food and fellowship began to lift my mood.
I was soon asked to contemplate and comment on a verse from, you guessed it, the very Psalm I thought was dark. I asked for another verse and quickly did the assignment. Then I had to wait for the others, but something caused me to reflect on my earlier behavior. I had let too many little things cloud my soul. My other assignment was for Psalm 13:5-6. We had been asked to comment on a word to which we could relate. The word for me had been ‘salvation.’ It had jumped at me. I thought it was the whole point. Perhaps, through that one word, He was giving me the answer to my little prayer.
God is the light to bring one out of the darkness and show us the way to ‘salvation‘ with Him. It is the message in a lot of the Psalms. Sometimes it just takes a while for it to get through to your soul … at 25 or 35 … as long as you get there.