Good Friday morning it’s June 4, 2021, I pray all is well: It seems another weekend has quickly approached us, man where does the time go when you're having fun. Today’s readings and reflections will come from Psalm 135:1-Psalm 137:9. I will also cover the readings for both Saturday and Sunday, and that is Psalm 138:1-Psalm 140:13 and Psalm 141:1-Psalm 144:15, and at the end of reflections I will post an updated reading schedule.
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Psalm 135:1-21: A Hymn of Praise: There is a great deal here to praise God when reading through these 21 verses. It seems God is a merciful God and a God of promises, a God of Judgement on both his people and his enemies. God will bless those who worship him out of both fear and love and he will never leave you if you stay true to him. Psalm: 135:14- For the LORD will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants. “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! I pray you continue to feel with me with your GRACE, so I can continue singing your great Hymn of victories. Father, continue to give me the confidence to sing your hymns of victories with courage and truth, in Jesus name I pray Amen!”
Psalm 136:1-26: God’s Mercy Endures Forever: It’s probably a good thing that his mercy does endure forever. Our greatest weakness is sin and that’s why Jesus Christ was sent here to die for our sins, to save us from spiritual death. Look at John 3:36 as a reference of being saved from spiritual death if you believe in Christ, Jesus did say no one gets to the father except through me: (John 14:6)- “Father I pray you continue to deliver me up in your grace. Keep me confident, trustworthy and courageous blasting your great victories. I know I’m unworthy, but I will continue to spread your greatness even in death; O LORD grant me eternal life, that I may escape spiritual death- Jesus name I pray Amen!”
Psalm 137:1-9: The Bitterness of Exile: Here it’s clear that bitterness had set in it seems these are prayers to God; to have their enemies destroyed. Considering the times this was not uncommon for warriors to pray to God; or God’s to have their enemies destroyed. Romans 12:17-21- Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath:for it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the LORD. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. It seems Jesus changed a great deal of things when we came. If I’m being honest again I struggled for years accepting the fact of being nice to your enemies. I saw evil in Iraq, and what was hard for me to understand was how we could be so nice to such barbaric individuals. Well sixteen years Jesus has finally answered that question for me and he has relieved all those years of suffering from me. It’s so true love without a doubt conquers hate we just have to be willing to let it all go. “Father, I pray you continue to humble my heart even for those who hate me. I pray for those who love me and for those who hate me! You have eased my worries and turned my anxieties into strengths. I know what’s coming, because who has shown me, and I pray you continue to work through me, keeping me truthful; and full of integrity! In Jesus name I pray Amen!”
Psalm 138:1-8: David Praises God for Answered Prayers: King David struggled but like I have said many times he never hid who he was. David had heart, courage and ultimately he feared God like no other. People seem to focus on King David’s faults rather than looking at many of his positives, it seems people are always defined by their faults; rather than by their positives. King David asked God to continue showing him mercy and he was open and honest to God, and so it’s clear God Blessed David. David was blessed because of his never ending faithfulness through God; regardless of his shortcomings. “Father, I pray you continue to lift me up, and keep me held accountable for myself; just like King David. Father, continue to give me that purity heart full of courage, like King David. Father, lastly give me the courage to never compromise my convictions for any reason! In Jesus name I pray, Amen!”
Psalm 139:1-24: David Praises God for His All-Seeing Providence: God is the only one who knows the deepest and darkest secrets we all hold inside of us. He knows what we sometimes choose not to share with those closest to us. It seems David is telling us how God was there even though he sometimes hid deep secrets from those close to him. When David would hold or even hide the accountability he needed during his earthly time, it was evident that he could escape God’s judgement on him. Psalm 139:15-16- My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. This makes me think back to my younger years in the military, I made some decisions that to this day I regret. I struggled for years and Church was the last place I thought would help with these daily demons. Six months into my new relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I’m a new guy. Yes, I still struggle but the pain of my struggles and rejections have eased a great deal; but the small reminders are an indicator I need Jesus! “Father, I pray you give the courage to never give into the evils of temptations! The temptations that would deviate me from my path of righteousness; because I chose the light, over regrets- In Jesus name I pray Amen!”
Psalm 140:1-13: David Prays for Deliverance from evil men: Psalm 140:8- Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah. Here David is writing about his struggles with King Saul and all his followers who wanted to destroy David. "Selah" - The Power of an Ancient Word from God
Psalm 141:1-10: David Prays That is Plea May be Acceptable: David is still struggling with the evils of King Saul and his devoted followers. Psalm 141:8-10- But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the LORD: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute. Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and grins of the workers of iniquity. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that withal escape.
Psalm 142:1-7: David’s Comfort in prayer: There is always comfort prayer and repentance of our evil ways, and forgiveness not only for us; but those who wrong us. David finds comfort in his prayer to God, and so it’s clear we can always find comfort in him; we just have to speak to him. “Father, I pray today that you continue to give me comfort when I reach out to you with my daily questions and struggles. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!”
Psalm 143:1-12: David Prays for Favor in Judgement: Psalm 143:9-10- Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
Psalm 144:1-15: David Promises to Praise God: Psalm 144:3-4- LORD, what is MAN, that thou takest knowledge of him! Or the SON OF MAN (CHRIST), that thou makest account of him! Man is like VANITY: HIS days are as a shadow that PASSETH away.
This concludes the Readings for today and for the weekend. If you are following along with the readings no worries you have the weekend to catch up if you choose so. The Reflections will start back up again on Monday unless there is a holiday, and as always I pray all is well! Everyone enjoys the weekend, be safe and go out and have some fun, life is too short to miss out! Ending Message everyone be humble and patient, and use this time to reflect on our past weeks.
Next week's reading Plan & Reflections:
Monday June 7, 2021- Psalm 145:1-150:6
Tuesday June 8, 2021-Proverbs 1:1-31
Wednesday June 9, 2021-Proverbs 2:1-22
Thursday June 10, 2021- Proverbs 3:1-35
Friday June 11, 2021-Proverbs 4:1-27
Saturday June 12, 2021-Proverbs 5:1-23
Sunday June 13, 2021-Proverbs 6:1-35
Jared W. Campbell
US Army Retired