The more I read the Psalms, the more I am struck by how different they are. It’s difficult to read one song after the other especially when they are written by different authors. The psalms of David differ from the psalms of Asaph and they all differ from the psalms of the sons of Korah:
88:14 O LORD, why do You reject my soul?
Why do You hide Your face from me?
Korah’s sons seem to focus on the individual’s present state of sorrow where the psalms of David and Asaph have a broader picture of worship.
I’m sure I dislike reading what Korah’s boys write because it is often the same sound as is found in my mouth. I must admit, it’s difficult to look beyond my own circumstance and praise the Lord’s everlasting goodness, but ironically, that is the only way out of our circumstance. The only way to gain is to lose. As Misty Edwards puts it in her song “Servant of Al”l:
“It’s the inside, outside, upside down kingdom
where you lose to gain and you die to live.”
Living shut off from the world and only focusing on our pain, our thoughts and our flesh is not the way we were built. We were made for so much more. The Father wants to teach us about His ways and constantly invites us to be a part of His kingdom. God pleads with Israel:
81: 13 “Oh that My people would listen to Me,
That Israel would walk in My ways!
What are His ways? Isolation, pity party, self-righteousness and selfishness? No? How about love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control? Those ways sound more others focused and more Him focused. After all, who are we praising?
93:4 More than the sounds of many waters,
Than the mighty breakers of the sea,
The LORD on high is mighty.
He is mighty, omniscient, powerful, loving, gracious and just. I want to be a part of that kingdom, not the kingdom of the flesh that is based on how I feel. That kingdom will pass away, but His will be until there is no more time!!
92:8 But You, O LORD, are on high forever.
That is my King.