Daily Archives: December 30, 2019

Psalm 119

Photo by Mandy Baldwin;
The Washington National Cathedral

How many times have you read Psalm 119? I read it again, but this time in a different translation. The meaning didn’t change but it felt different. The familiar became new.

Take a minute and read it again, or at least your favorite part, in a different translation.

“O Lord, listen to my cry; give me the discerning mind you promised.

Listen to my prayer; rescue me as you promised.

Let praise flow from my lips, for you have taught me your decrees.”

Psalms 119:169-171; NLT

These verses speak of desperation and praise. This past year I have been learning more and more about how seemingly opposites can be present at the same time. Happy and sad; joy and jealousy; longing and contentment.

Photo by Mandy Baldwin;
Girl dancing in the light.

Like many of the Psalms, Psalm 119 brings together opposites. The author seeks salvation and praises God for His provision at the same time. I can long for more and be content with what I have. I can long for relief from suffering and be filled with joy because of who my God is. I love the example the author sets for us.

Dear God, thank you for this gift of life. As we continue to walk with hurt and pain and confusion may we also be filled with your peace and your joy and your contentment. We pray for relief…for healing…for restoration. And we praise you for your presence. Amen.

Mandy (mkaybaldwin)


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