The Songs of Jesus
One of my favorite ways to savor God is to read about Him in Jesus’ worship and praise book, the Psalms.
These 150 praises and prayers are what Mary and Joseph, Jesus, Martha, Mary, Lazarus, Paul and other faithful Jews then and today sing, ponder, pray and praise.
Pastor Tim Keller and his wife Kathy have found the Psalms a powerful place to know, see & savor God, too. They’ve written The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms.
The Keller’s take a short portion of Jesus’ songbook each day, reflect on it, and then offer a thoughtful prayer.
I’ve read these devotions in the mornings with my bible open and found great joy in savoring and enjoying God. I’d like to share a few with you over the next few months:
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken. How long will you assault me? Would all of you throw me down—this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
Surely they intend to topple me from my lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse
The Lesson Learned. This is a psalm for those under stress, and the first verse is the key to facing it. Literally it says, “Only toward God my soul is silence.”
When we are in trouble our soul chatters to us, “We have to have this, or we won’t make it. This must happen, or all is lost.” The assumption is that God alone will not be enough—some other circumstance or condition or possession is necessary to be happy and secure.
David, however, learned to tell his soul, “I need only one thing to survive and thrive—and I have it. I need only God and his all-powerful fatherly love and care—everything else is expendable.” When this realization sinks in, you will “never be shaken.”
Prayer: Lord, I praise you for your all-sufficiency—that you are enough for my heart, my life, my joy. Forgive me for not praising and treasuring you and your salvation until I come to the place of rest. Help me do so now. Amen.