God’s daily dose of spiritual vitamins (psalms blog 4)

How was your day today? images-1

Good day?

Bad day?

Nice day?

Unpleasant day?

Happy day?

Sad day?

Average day?

Outstanding day?

Ultimately, we’re all having a God made day.

‘This is the day the Lord has made we will rejoice and be glad in it’ Psalm 118:24

Despite our circumstances God cares for us daily. Not a single day passes without God’s providence working positively on our behalf.

There’s a point of interest I need to make regarding various psalms in Jewish usage. The Hebrews connected specific psalms to specific days.  Here are seven separate psalms which the Jews selected to be used on seven separate days of the week.

Psalm 24 Sunday

Psalm 48 Monday

Psalm 82 Tuesday The Mishna (Tamid 7,4) it’s a psalm familiar with a ritual in public worship.  Verses from the psalm are appointed to be sung before the offering of the prayer.

Psalm 94 Wednesday maybe also Psalm 101.

Psalm 81 Thursday

Old Latin and Armenian translations reveal this psalm was sung at the morning burnt offering (tamid) and for that reason is called a Tamid psalm.

We must not lose sight of the fact when worship in Israel changed its’s centre from the Temple to the synagogue , the psalms became a spiritual liturgy. 

Psalm 93 Friday

Psalm 92 the Sabbath Day (Saturday)

Seven specific psalms allocated for use in worship, for the seven solar days of our week. I have four observations about this trivia. 

  1. A psalm a day implies that ‘God wants to talk to you on a daily basis’.

Hearing God’s word is not an occasion reserved for the Sunday sermon or the Tuesday cell-group discussion. God’s got something to say to you every day of the week. We’re not restricted to seven psalms now. We have the whole Bible and,

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work‘ 2 Timothy 3:16-17. 

But the Jewish tradition of reciting  a different psalm each day in worship suggests the idea of daily communion with God. It also indicates that each day our lives should be governed by the word of the Lord 24/7. 

Therefore not a single day should pass without hearing what the Lord has to say. God’s customer service is open seven days a week. ‘Give us this Day our daily bread’.

  1. A psalm a day also implies that ‘God’s word is always available on a daily basis’.

Some days we might think that we’re unworthy, and God doesn’t want to talk to us today because we’ve let him down so many times. Some days we feel so hypocritical and because of that we think God will ignore our prayers forever.

Keep in mind the Jews worshipped false god’s, but the Lord didn’t take his true word from them. The word of God was rare on occasions 1 Samuel 3:1. Nevertheless, God’s truth remained with Israel to guide, chastise and bless the nation.

This was also the case with individuals. King David Murdered Uriah and committed adultery with Bathsheba. But even then, the gracious word of God and the Holy Spirit remained with David all the days of his life.

No matter what you’ve done today or how difficult the last twenty four hours, God’s word is still available for you. It’s available right now for you to consult with it and be empowered by it. ‘Dry bones hear the word of the Lord’ today Ezekiel 37:4.

  1. A psalm a day also implies that ‘God’s word is needed on daily basis’.

It’s not something we should be without. The word of the Lord is essential rather than just desirable for daily living. If we don’t have the oracles of God in power each day, then each day we are more vulnerable to temptation, more likely to be miss guided and more sure to fail.

  1. A psalm a day also implies, ‘God’s word is with you regardless of your daily routine. 

Life isn’t static. We move around on a daily basis. And when we do, God’s word comes with us into all sorts of situations.

Saint Jerome 27 March 347 AD – 30 September 420 AD, was a priest, confessor, theologian, and historian. He describes the funeral of St Paula and tells how the psalms were chanted by the clergy not in Hebrew but ‘now in Greek, now in Latin, now in Syriac’. 

It doesn’t get any worse than attending the funeral of a loved one does it? Nevertheless, on that day God’s word was with the people and comforted those who mourned in the church.

Saint Jerome also informs us that the psalms which were chanted in the church were also sung in common places. Jerome said,

‘the toiling reaper sings psalms as he works, and the vine dresser as he prunes his vines sings one of David’s songs’ 

God’s word is with us throughout our day jobs and social experiences. 

One day I sung the chorus ‘Jesus at your name we bow the knee’ while I was in a factory operating a drill. 

On another occasion I was a youth worker attending a Halloween disco party. The DJ produced much noise and the sound system made my ears ring. But I didn’t miss my opportunity to praise God.  In the midst of all the ghouls, screaming and ear-piercing din, I praised the Lord with my heavenly language. Because of all the noise, I was able to sing unnoticed, joyfully using the gift of speaking in other tongues.

When I worked in housing, two lettings officers asked me if I would rid a house of evil spirits before they signed up their new tenant. A Christian colleague and I prayed in every room of that house and anointed its walls with oil. No matter where you are during any given day, God’s word goes with you.

This is important to understand for spiritual warfare. The Lord’s word every day, keeps the roaring devil away. Let the seven psalms used each day by the Jews, be a symbolic reminder.

God’s word is required to give victory over sin, death, satan and demons on a daily basis. 

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