Jan 18 Daily Rhythm
Your procession is seen, O God, the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary—the singers in front, the musicians last, between them virgins playing tambourines: “Bless God in the great congregation, the LORD, O you who are of Israel’s fountain!” There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead, the princes of Judah in their throng, the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
It is fascinating the number of times parades are pictured in the Bible. We have them to celebrate all sorts of things. Why do you suppose this one celebrates God? Do you think we could celebrate him more?
Summon your power, O God, the power, O God, by which you have worked for us. Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings shall bear gifts to you. Rebuke the beasts that dwell among the reeds, the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples. Trample underfoot those who lust after tribute; scatter the peoples who delight in war. Nobles shall come from Egypt; Cush shall hasten to stretch out her hands to God.
Over and over again we see the people of God reminding themselves that God can be trusted. You may need a mid day break today, reminding yourself (or perhaps someone else?) that God can be trusted.
O kingdoms of the earth, sing to God; sing praises to the Lord, to him who rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; behold, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice. Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, and whose power is in the skies. Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!
This is a perfect evening meditation. Blessed be God! See him seated in power in the heavens, looking after his beloved. He really can be trusted.