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Psalm 108

Racheal Arteaga

My heart is steadfast, O God!
    I will sing and make melody with all my being!
 Awake, O harp and lyre!
    I will awake the dawn!
 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
    I will sing praises to you among the nations.
 For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
   Let your glory be over all the earth!
 That your beloved ones may be delivered,
    give salvation by your right hand and answer me!

 God has promised in his holiness:
    “With exultation I will divide up Shechem
    and portion out the Valley of Succoth.
 Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim is my helmet,
    Judah my scepter.
 Moab is my washbasin;
    upon Edom I cast my shoe;
    over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
    Who will lead me to Edom?
 Have you not rejected us, O God?
    You do not go out, O God, with our armies.
Oh grant us help against the foe,
    for vain is the salvation of man!
 With God we shall do valiantly;
    it is he who will tread down our foes.

As I read Psalm 108, it started sounding awfully familiar. Turns out, we talked about it in January—Psalm 60 is identical to the second half of this psalm. In fact, I had to compare them side-by-side to make sure I wasn’t seeing double. I couldn’t help but see the comparison between the two chapters. Where Psalm 60 starts off desperate and pleading, Psalm 108 introduces itself with faith and courage, praising God for His faithfulness. 

Maybe you’re not a journaler. I am sadly sporadic, sometimes daily jotting down notes, and other times going months in between. I tried to imagine David, coming back to God’s promise to destroy his enemies (Shechem, Succoth, etc.), use the people of Israel, and help them win battles. Do I live by God’s promises like this? 

What might happen if we revisited God’s promises over and over again as we praised Him? As David shows between the two psalms, a lot can happen between journal entries (or Psalm-writing in this case), which sets God’s kindness in relief compared to our issues. 

God is still faithful. Who knows how many days, months, or years separated these two psalms? However long he waited, the point is, David waited on God and saw a total shift in his heart and attitude. The same is possible for you and I. We rely on God’s promises in the middle of difficult times, and it’s amazing—while our circumstances will fade and fluctuate, His character and promises are timeless.

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