How is everybody doing? I’ve heard it said that the whole world is a little depressed right now. Do you feel it? God knows it’s hard to be us. Thankfully, we get a whole range of emotions in the Psalms that give us some insight into how to navigate the ups and downs of life.
David had his share of bad days and he wasn’t afraid to be honest about it. Green pastures and still waters were not on his mind as he composed this fourth stanza. However, in eight verses he went from wallowing in sorrow to a full heart. He started out clinging to dust and ended up clinging to God’s testimonies. How did he do it? Let’s see what we can learn from stanza D this week.
Down at the bottom of the heap,
I need Your word to renew me.
Describing my ways, You answered;
now teach me what I need to learn.
Drill into me how Your law works,
so I can chew on it in awe.
Deep inside I’m tired and sad;
let Your word give me stamina.
Deceit must be put on the shelf;
tenderly teach me Your precepts.
Determined to walk by Your side,
I put Your laws front and center.
Deciding to stick with Your word,
Lord, keep me from messing this up.
Delight comes with going full tilt;
Your love makes my heart want to burst!
Next: Long Song Study, part D