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As Long as I Live

Over the years I have used many different devotional books.  Some have been better than others.   There is certainly no shortage of ones to choose from. 

Increasingly, I am drawn to the Psalms.   This devotional book is ancient.  Some of the Psalms are three thousand years old.  One goes all the way back to the days of Moses (see Psalm 90).

The psalms can take some getting used to.  They contain phrases that are odd and foreign to us. 

We can also be taken back by the raw emotion that is expressed in many of the psalms.

Why am I increasingly drawn to the Psalms?  Because they are God-obsessed.  There is no other book in the Bible that shows our desperate need for God like the Psalms.  And there is no other book in the Bible that better shows the grandeur and glory of God. 

I also like the raw emotions expressed in the Psalms.  Too often my prayers are polite and timid.  The Psalms help me to pray more boldly and from the heart.     

Let me show you what I mean.

My favorite Psalm is Psalm 63.  Here is how this psalm begins:

"O God, You  are my God, earnestly I seek You.  My soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 

I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory.  Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You.  I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands.  My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise You. 

On my bed I remember You.  I think of You through the watches of the night.  Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings.  My soul clings to You.  Your right hand upholds me."

No wonder the church has long added a doxology to the psalms. 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen.


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