Saturday, September 18, 2010

Praying the Psalms- Psalm 36

Jenny has begun a journey of praying her way through the Psalms that I have decided to join. Each weekend, we will pray through one psalm and post our prayer and/or meditations on that psalm as the Lord leads. Check out her journey and join us in Praying the Psalms.

Psalm 36 

Without the fear of God, there is conceit, blindness to one's own sin, wicked and deceitful words, foolishness and a lack of good deeds.  The one who is without fear of God is consumed with plotting evil and committed to a sinful course.  She does not reject what is wrong.

I was this one.  I had learned about God all my life.  But it was a watered down version of Him.  And I watered it down even more.  Until I had molded Him into a God who He loved me but was not really concerned with my sin.  Actually, I did not even think the things I was engaged in were sin! I was blind.  As long as I was a generally "good" person- doing well in school, kind to my friends, compassionate to the poor- I could behave just as any heathen did.  And I did.  I was conceited.  My language was foul.  Gossip and mocking flowed freely from my lips.  My mouth was full of wickedness and deceit.  
I had no fear of God.  

But God.  I had no fear of Him but in His unfailing love for me, He brought me face to face with Himself.  He shattered the image of God I had molded and replaced it with the One True and Living God of Scripture.  He also shattered the image of myself I had molded.  He gave me eyes to see my own wickedness.  And He gave me a way out through His Son.  So, I sing with the psalmist:
"Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens,
 your faithfulness to the skies.  Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the great deep."  Ps 36: 5-6


Colleen said...

Oh I love that verse you chose! I am sorry I did not participate this week - love your reflection!

Natalie said...

I will miss your voice this week, Colleen! Thanks for stopping by here!

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Sounds like a great way to study the Psalm -- by PRAYING them!

The High Calling community appreciates you and your prayerful voice!

-- Jennifer Dukes Lee
Contributing Editor @ High Calling Blogs

P.S. -- I love the name of your blog.

Natalie said...

Thank you Jennifer!


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