From: Rich Carlson
Date: March 30, 2021
Subject: It's March 30; Good Morning Union



“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”     Psalm 150:6

 

We’ll I’ve come to the end of my month-long journey through the Psalms, except for tomorrow when I’ll look at 119! If you missed and want to try again just start on whatever day you want (the first of the month is easiest for me) and then read the psalm for that day and then every 30th psalm after that. So on the 1st of March we read Psalms 1, 31, 61, 91, and 121; on the second we read Psalm 2, 32, 62, 92, and 122. You get the picture! I also do this every once and a while with the Proverbs- 31 chapters, 31 days in the month! One chapter each day and I’ve read all the Proverbs in another month! So anyway, here we go on the final day of psalms:

 

Psalm 30- probably written after David had recovered from an illness and he reflected back on the good days, turned bad days, BUT the good days returned! That was probably my ah-ha in this song. “weeping may remain for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” Things look better in the morning after a good night’s sleep!

 

Psalm 60- not a very happy psalm; kind of licking the wounds of defeat as David’s armies suffered a temporary setback. This was a good reminder that “setbacks” come in life. Some last longer than others. Some are caused by me and some just because of life in a sinful world. But David, in spite of the set back, still knew Who to turn to and where to focus. That’s a good lesson for me in the tough times.

 

Psalm 90- called “A prayer of Moses the man of God” this psalm is a classic reminder of the vanity of focusing all my energies on this life. It’s so easy to get distracted by what success looks like because it’s so easy to use the world’s definition of success. Moses just reminds me this morning, “Teach me to number my days aright, that I may gain a heart of wisdom.” Look at the big picture of life, says Moses. When it’s all said and done have I prioritized my life well and kept my eyes on the “cross behind me and the crown before me.” Everything else is just details.

 

Psalm 120- “I call on the Lord in my distress---- and He answers me.” That’s enough!

 

Psalm 150- another psalm that I have fixed in my memory for reflection as I walk and talk to God each morning. “Praise the Lord (Hallelujah!):

  1. In His sanctuary
  2. In His mighty heavens
  3. For His acts of power
  4. For His surpassing greatness
  5. With the sounding of the trumpet
  6. With the harp and lyre
  7. With tambourine and dancing
  8. With the strings and flute
  9. With the clash of symbols
  10. With resounding symbols

LET EVERYTHING THAT HAS BREATH PRAISE THE LORD!! HALLELUJAH (PRAISE THE LORD!!)”

 

Have a great day praising

Pastor Rich

 

Quote for the day:      “Only Jesus can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph and a victim into a victory. He is worthy to be praise.”

 

PS        Christ on Demand 7:30 p.m. | lower level classroom in the library, and on Zoom. Come and connect with new friends but most importantly with the Best Friend you can have, Jesus! This year’s theme is based on 1 Corinthians 13:13, and this week Deneil Clarke will be sharing.

PPS     The Garden | Bible study for women. 8:00 p.m. Join Megan Fleming and Annabelle Harper for some time with Jesus.

PPPS    Still looking for a couple more people who what to serve Easter lunch to the homeless folks at the People’s City Mission this Sunday. Contact Adam Anderson if you are interested. We need to know ahead of time because there is a form you need to sign so please don’t wait til the last minute to decide! Adam.anderson@ucollege.edu