The Lent experiment, part 36

Today: Psalm 36.

‘For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.’ (Ps. 36:9)

What probably strikes me most in reading the Psalms of David is his spontaneous outbursts of praise. Almost in every Psalm he talks about his blessings, difficulties or his enemies, and then, all of a sudden, he starts praising God in the middle of a Psalm. 

Like in today’s Psalm. In the first 4 verses he keeps on talking about the evil people in the land, how they disregard God, speak lies and constantly plot evil. But then all of a sudden he switches his attention from men to God and breaks out in powerful praise:

‘Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light!’ (v. 5-9)

May we today break out in moments of spontaneous praise, whether we’re at work, at home, with friends. Whether we shout it out or whisper it quietly behind our computer… 

Prayer: God, your love is meteoric, your loyalty astronomic, your purpose titanic, your verdicts oceanic. Thank you God, that in your largeness nothing gets lost; not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks! Yes!


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