I love the Psalms. There is no better place to go when you need comfort and hope. I love how real they are. They often start with lamenting and cries for help, asking where God is and when He is going to intervene. Just when you think the writer is about to jump off a cliff they turn the Psalm around. They do this by remembering who God is and forgetting what their trouble is. By the end they have preached themselves happy and are encouraging everyone else to praise God with them. Sounds like a recipe for a happy life though it is often easier said than done.
The Psalms are a book of Promises. The word promise is found thirty three times in the Psalms. While reading in the Psalms this week I came across the shortest chapter in the entire Bible. It is Psalm 117 and it is only two verses long. I read it and smiled and wrote it down in my journal. I titled it the Mic Drop Psalm.
Most of the Psalms speak about specific times God has done awesome miraculous deeds for his people. They include lamentations, praises, and scriptures of hope. Some of them go on and on in great detail. The longest Psalm is Pslam 199 and is 176 verses long!
Not Psalm 117 though. Psalm 117 is short, sweet and to the point. I smiled when I read it because in my vivid imagination I pictured how the reading of this Psalm went down…
The men are gathered at the temple. They are taking turns reciting their Psalms. One of the rabbis stands up and recites a Psalm of lament, hopelessness, despair, and grief. Just when you can’t take anymore the Psalm turns into one of light, hope, blessing and encouragement. The rabbi finishes. They all say a solemn amen and he sits down.
Next a tenacious, faith filled, confident young student stands up. He opens the scroll and reads Psalm 117: “Praise the LORD, all you nations. Praise Him, all you people of the earth. For He loves us with unfailing love; the LORD’s faithfulness endures forever. Praise the LORD!”He says with enthusiasm and at that he drops the scroll like we would drop the mic in present time.
I love meditating on scripture and being able to bring to remembrance some of the power scriptures found in the Bible. I love recalling the details of the miraculous stories found in both the Old and New Testaments. I love to be able to explain to others all of the things Jesus accomplished for us at the cross as well as all of the ways God promises to take care of us in the present. Most of all I like to read about the miraculous events to come in the future. I am a Bible nerd and I love to talk about these things and imagine and daydream about them.
However, sometimes the best thing to do, the only thing I am capable of doing is keeping it as simple as possible. Two verses. Three powerful reminders: God loves us. God Is Faithful. Praise God. Mic drop.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for you Word. Thank you for your written promises. Thank you for the detailed account of all you have done, are doing, and plan to do for us. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for your faithfulness. We praise you and worship you, Amen.
Love, Grace, and a Mic Drop Statement of Faith,