From: Rich Carlson
Date: March 5, 2021
Subject: It's March 5; Good Morning Union



I’m not sure this is what David sounded like when he composed and sang the psalms to God, but one of my faithful readers shared this with me in response to yesterday’s Psalm 34 so here it is in case you’d also like to listen to it.

https://youtu.be/DfW2mkkMTAg

 

Psalm 5-          an emotional plea from David regarding all the unfair challenges he was facing, yet full of confidence that the best solution to his problems was, “Morning by morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Real life has its tough spots; David knew where to turn.

 

Psalm 35-        There are three types of “challenges” in life, as I see it:

  1. Those I cause because of my bad choices
  2. Those that just come because I live in a sinful world
  3. Those that make absolutely no sense and for which I can find no reason

It appears that David’s 35th psalm dealt with the latter group. And David’s solution was clear, focus, focus focus. “My tongue will speak of Your righteousness and of Your praises all day long.” Don’t get distracted by the difficulties in life; I become what I focus on. I want to become like Jesus, so…

 

Psalm 65-        As much as 35 focused on the third challenge above, this psalm focuses on the first, and offers me hope even for my poor choices. “When we were overcome by sin, You atoned for our transgression.” Or as the New Testament concurs, “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Amazing grace, how sweet it is!

 

Psalm 95-        Another psalm that I memorized recently. It’s a great reminder, especially the first part of the song, of the response I can make to God’s goodness. “Come let us:

  1. Sing for joy
  2. Shout aloud
  3. Give Him thanks
  4. Bow down and worship
  5. Kneel before our Maker—because<

HE IS OUR GOD.”

 

Psalm 125- the sixth step on the “ascent” to the temple sort of concludes the theme of the first four psalms of the day. When I trust in the Lord, through the good and the bad, through the things I understand and the things I don’t, “I cannot be shaken, I cannot be moved.” And the peace that comes from that assurance “endures forever!”

 

 

Have a great day focusing on the solution and not the problem,

Pastor Rich

 

Quote for the day:      “I may not be the man I want to be; I may not be the man I ought to be; I may not be the man I could be; I may not be the man I truly can be; but praise God, I’m not the man I once was.”            Martin Luther King Jr

 

PS        Family Worship- 7:30pm in the church. Praise and worship, and sharing by your classmates.

PPS      Afterglo- Veggietales in Woods right after Family Worship!!