From: Rich Carlson
Date: March 15, 2021
Subject: It's March 15; Good Morning Union



“Praise the Lord for He is good; sing praises to His name, for that will be pleasant.”          Psalm 135: 3

 

Psalm 15- another psalm I have memorized. It’s kind of a mini guide to life as I response to my assurance of God’s love and faithfulness as His child. It lists 11 wise pieces of advice and concludes with “He who does these things will NEVER be moved.” Now that’s a pretty stabilizing dream for life!

 

Psalm 45- this one is called a marriage song and has very little to do with beauty on the outside as much as it describes character qualities that a good bride and groom should have on the inside. That’s what’s going to last anyway so it’s probably wise to focus on that when choosing a life partner!

 

Psalm 75- Traditionally believed to be a song of victory when Israel turned back the Assyrian armies of Sennacherib, the best line in the song for me is in verse 2. God says, “I choose the appointed time of deliverance.” Assyria had besieged Israel for a long time and I’m guessing the Israelites would probably have liked things to have happened MUCH sooner than they did. Much like my natural response to troubles in my life. I want instantaneous fixing while God knows that maybe I need to learn lessons like patience, trust, consequences, etc BEFORE deliverance comes. The promise is that deliverance WILL come, just NOT in my time but in God’s.

 

Psalm 105- If it’s important to God it’s clear in His word. Have I ever said that before!? I find clarity in this song that was written by David, according to Ellen, for the ceremony enshrining the ark in the temple at Jerusalem. Now that God’s house was complete here are seven ways I can come to Him in His newly furnished home:

  1. “Give thanks to Him
  2. Call on His name
  3. Make known among the nations what He has done
  4. Sing to Him
  5. Find glory in His holy name by rejoicing
  6. Look to the Lord and seek His face
  7. Remember what He has done in the past so you and look with confidence to the future.”

 

Psalm 135- It sounds like an appeal, now that the ascent psalms are done and the people may have entered the courtyard of the temple, to praise God for two things:

  1. What He has done for His people
  2. And what HE is to His people

“Praise the Lord for He is good; sing praises to His name, for that will be pleasant.”

 

Have a great day realizing all the reasons and ways to praise your God,

Pastor Rich

 

Quote for the day:      "A person sees in the world what he carries in his heart."    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 

Marcus Larivaux, pastor from Allon Chapel is coming back to Campus Ministries to offer additional pastoral support. He’ll be in our office space from 1-3 every Monday afternoon for the rest of the semester. You can make an appointment by contacting Pastor Larivaux at milarivaux@gmail.com or just stop by. We are very grateful that we can offer a variety of pastoral counseling for you.