Chapter-a-Day Psalm 101

Singin the blues. My theme song is God's love and justice, and I'm singing it right to you, God. I'm finding my way down the road of right living, but how long before you show up? Psalm 101:1-2a

I've been reading Psalm 101 and reading it over again for almost a half-hour. I've read it in different translations. Usually there's one or two phrases that pop off the page at me and prompt some thought. Today, the chapter seems to be no more than dried ink on the page. I don't know why. Is it me? Maybe I'm just not reading it right.

I finally pulled back and looked at the song as a whole. What was David driving at when he penned these lyrics? It was then that I realized Psalm 101 is a blues song. I hear the thumping, drawling rhythm of a blues band as David makes his case for all that he's doing right in life, but the crux of the song is his question, "how long before you show up?" David is an attorney pleading his case in the house of blues:

"If it please the court, look at all that I'm doing to do right. Why haven't you answered my prayer? Why do you feel absent from this situation? I don't get it!"

That is a feeling I know all to well. For the past few years I've been singing those blues every 28 days or so.

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickrand Gary F. Garcia

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Psalm 101”

  1. But I have my eye on salt-of-the-earth people—
    they’re the ones I want working with me;
    I’m in sales. I can’t tell you how often I hear the line, “nice guys finish last” in this industry. There is some truth to that I know, but I also know that customers like someone who they can trust, who respects their time and whose purpose is for patients, not money. I prefer to work with people who are salt-of-the-earth, not snake-oil pushers. At the same time, I know that in some cases I can be more assertive at work. God help me find that balance.


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