Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Word Wednesday

No crossword puzzles, vocabulary or word games, but on Word Wednesday I want to talk about what we are reading in the bible this week. It’s not a Bible study, sermon or deep devotional, just a place to reflect on a verse or passage that may have touched us this week.

Here it is for me.

The 23rd Psalm is famous. I have heard it all my life, seen it on greeting cards and plaques, and memorized in Sunday school. But, this week my readings are from Psalms and I was touched by the 24th Psalm.

Psalm 24
Of David. A psalm.
1 The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
2 for he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the waters.

3 Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?
Who may stand in his holy place?

4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to an idol
or swear by what is false.

5 He will receive blessing from the LORD
and vindication from God his Savior.

6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, O God of Jacob. [b]

((1-6 were great but here is where I was moved))

7 Lift up your heads, O you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.

8 Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
the LORD mighty in battle.

9 Lift up your heads, O you gates;
lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.

10 Who is he, this King of glory?
The LORD Almighty—
he is the King of glory.

I once heard someone say: There has been a lot of damage done to me in my life, but none can compare to the damage I caused myself. I don’t know about you, but I can relate. And these verses 7-10 touched me anew.

Sometimes doubt, fear and regret seem to kidnap me and weigh me down like an “Ancient door”. As I read this verse -- and heard Third Day’s melodies singing the “Who is this King of glory” -- I sang and beckoned those “Ancient doors” full of fear and doubt to open and let the King of glory in. It was a great, healing experience.

What are you reading this week?


Anonymous said...

GREAT verses, gzusfreek. I'm reading the last couple weeks of my read the Bible in a year chronilogical...I can't believe it. Almost done. Never read the entire Bible before. Most of it, but not all.

Thanks for sharing. I like this verse---- Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors,that the King of glory may come in.

So the KING of glory may come in. HOW awesome is that that the KING of glory wants to come in.

gzusfreek said...

Lynn ~I know, right? He wants to come into the heavy, ancient doors of my heart! Wow!
Congrats on the last couple weeks of the read thru. It's such a blessing to read it all the way thru, huh?
Hope Denver is treating you well!
Thanks for the comments!

Avily Jerome said...

That's great! I love the psalms!
But really, who doesn't? :)

gzusfreek said...

True. . .thanks for stopping by AJ! I know you are busy!

Anonymous said...

Gzusfreek, where do you find your sweet photos. Like the one on the front of this post??

Denver is COLD.....I'm soooo missing my warm Arizona climate!!

gzusfreek said...

LR-Google, photobucket, free images. . . I can't remember where each one comes from.
I am cold here. I can't imagine Denver!

Travis said...

Who has time to read?

gzusfreek said...

Oh come on, Mr. Inman. I am a faithful follower of your blog. (clears throat. Then quotes from right hand side of the home page of second paragraph:)
Sunday Nights at 7, The Jack Benney Story
A Lever Long Enough
The Apocalypse Code
All Things For Good--The Steadfast Fidelity of Stonewall Jackson
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Who had time for reading? My foot!
There's some reading, LOL!

BTW, thanks for the comment on my picture! You made my week!

Travis said...

I'm working on War and Peace at the moment, and should be done with it by early Monday morning, 2010.

Alison Bryant said...

In my devotional/Bible study book this week I've been reading about Martha and Mary, where Jesus lovingly confronts Martha about being too busy around the casa (loose translation). =)
That can be a difficult passage for people though, especially women, to put into practice sometimes, don't you think?

By the way, there are many blogs that I've been reading for a while but have yet to comment on. I had to throw in my hat here.

gzusfreek said...

I do think it is a big one for women, Alison. Especially mothers and wives and especially during this season! I so admire mothers and wives and empathize with all the hats they must wear.
It's funny tho, when the King comes to dinner, He doesn't expect good china and a clean floor but revels in relationship with us! What an awesome God we serve.
BTW, I am so thrilled you stopped by!

Travis - Let me know when you finish W&P I'd like hear your book review on it! hee hee