In the Word: Psalm 84 and Psalm 91

So I have had 2 really awesome Psalms to read this week in the final week of my Run to Him Bible study.  I have really enjoyed the Psalms readings and was reminded of so many of God’s amazing works.

One thing I have to say about the book of Psalms is that David (and the other authors who penned these song-prayers to Yahweh) really knew how to capture the character of God in picture-words.  It is obvious that David loved music and was a talented musician – from the historical portions of the Old Testament that reference this man of God.

sidenote:  i know a worship pastor who would bring to my mind’s eye – David, in the flesh – while he led morning worship.  he would play his guitar and his whole demeanor would reflect a sense of his awe and pure worship of the God he loves and serves still today.  it was beautiful and sometimes, i could not sing for the beauty and glory that graced those times of musical benediction to the Lord.

Anyway – back to reading the Psalms this week.

Psalm 84 is a really encouraging Psalm.  And it is actually from this particular Psalm that I realized my new name for my blog.  While I blogged for many years as “The Queen Mommy” – it didn’t fit me well anymore, and I needed to make a change.  Getting my name as my domain was not enough.  And then I found Psalm 84:11 –

For the Lord God is a sun and shield.
The Lord gives grace and glory;
He does not withhold the good
from those who live with integrity.

I want to find grace and glory in my life – and the key to that in this verse points to living with integrity. So as I pursue integrity, I seek the blessing of the Lord, too. (More about this later. I have some posts simmering about authenticity & integrity in my blogging…)

And then I read one of the Psalms that is near and dear to my heart – Psalm 91.  This chapter in the Bible is chock full of GOOD STUFF!!!

One of the descriptions of God that I remember hearing while I was still in elementary school was about a chicken and her chicks who had been caught in an out-of-control fire on a farm.  When the farmer went to discover the extent of destruction at his farm, he saw this charred pile of something, and when he got closer, realized it was this Mama Hen.  But then he heard the chirping and when he lifted the lifeless body of that mother bird, out popped all of her chicks – safe from the heat of the fire.

Psalm 91:4 always makes me think of that story –

He will cover you with His feathers;
you will take refuge under His wings.
His faithfulness will be a protective shield.

What a beautiful word-picture this Scripture brings to my mind.  Just like that mother hen, God covers me – and sent His Son to take my place to pay the sin-ransom for me.

I think Psalms is one of those portions of Scripture that benefits both new believers and those who have been walking with Christ for decades.  I have enjoyed this study through the Psalms so much.

What is YOUR favorite Psalm and why?