The Psalms Bucket

Today is Friday, May 26, 2017. Day 21,624. EIGHT days until our Oregon vacation!

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” ~ Arthur C. Clarke, “Profiles of The Future”, 1961 (Clarke’s third law)
(From The Quotations Page)

Backronym ~ an existing word turned into an acronym by creating an apt phrase whose initial letters match the word, as to help remember it or offer a theory of its origin. For example, rap has been said to be a backronym of “rhythm and poetry.”

Today is Dracula Day. And, being Friday, it would be really easy to “celebrate” by having an all-night Dracula movie binge. There are so many of them.

It’s hard to believe that it’s only eight days until we head to Oregon. We’re actually having a hard time not planning too many things on this trip. After all, we want to be able to spend some days doing nothing but enjoying the sights and sounds of the Pacific coast, you know.

This weekend is Memorial Day in the U.S. We get Monday off, for a long weekend. We don’t have much planned. We did reach out to another family to see if they want to go bowling after church on Sunday, and they said yes, sounds like fun. But, as far as Monday goes, I’m thinking it will be simply a day of relaxation. Maybe some movie watching if we can find something we want to see.

The Red Sox swept the Rangers, winning last night’s game 6-2. They play Seattle next, who is in last place in the AL West. The Rangers move on to a newly formed rivalry with the Boo Jays.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

(From The Divine Hours)

Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD, give praise, O servants of the LORD, 
who stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God! 
Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!

Psalm 135:1-3
I say to the LORD, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD!
Psalm 140:6
For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.
Psalm 97:9
Then all mankind fears; they tell what God has brought about and ponder what he has done.
Psalm 64:9

(From Living the Message)

We all have the impulse to pray. Even those who claim that they don’t believe in a God surely have, at some points in their lives, some impulse to pray . . . toward somewhere. There is certainly no lack of things to pray for and about, especially in the lives of Christ-followers. “Desire and demand keep the matter of prayer before us constantly.”

So why is prayerlessness such an issue? Eugene H. Peterson says that the answer is that “‘the well is deep and you have nothing to draw with.'” That’s right. We need a bucket. We need something that “holds water. Desires and demands are a sieve.”

“The Psalms are such a bucket.”

The reading ends there. But I will add my agreement to Peterson’s statement. I have long been fascinated and drawn to the Psalms, the central book in most Bibles. And I have long had the opinion that this is no accident. For, in the Psalms, you will find pretty much any topic you need help with in prayer. In Psalms, we even see the darkest emotions being displayed in prayer. I firmly believe that there is absolutely nothing wrong with praying Psalms verbatim back to God. Many well-meaning people believe that all of our prayers must be original, coming from our own souls. Yet, there stand the Psalms, in the middle of our sacred Scriptures, crying out to be prayed, to be recited, to be read back to the One from whom they originated.

Pray the Psalms. Take them to God. Your own prayers will spring forth from them as you do so. The Psalms are a good “bucket.”

Father, every day, I bring my prayers to you in the bucket that is the Psalms. Help me to draw deeply from the well through them. Help me to find my own soul in them, that I might, then, cry out to you with my own words. In the meantime, let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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