I’ve really been enjoying our summer sermon series, The Psalms Greatest Hits. The variety and depth of expressing worship, praise and confession, all that lives in the human heart, is compelling. These inspired words have spoken to generations, giving to readers what God desires for us.
As the family historian and genealogist, I recently opened my Great-Grandmother Golenor’s Bible again. In it were a couple items that provide real meaning for me. She left a hand-written note folded in its pages that included plans for her celebration of life. Grandma wrote that Psalm 91 be read as “it has been my strength and comfort .” She also wrote the worship celebration must include prayer for her children.
Then, I turned to Psalm 91 and Grandma had these verses underlined in pencil.
“I will say to the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him I will trust. Surely he will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. … There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”
Grandma Golenor lived from 1873 to 1959. She experienced great joy and sadness in her life, a time of constant change and two world wars. I don’t remember her yet feel like I know her well for what we share together—faith.
I’m committing the words of Psalm 91 to memory. These words led Grandma through a long, meaningful and faithful life. Surely they will see us through too.
Thank God for the Psalms. We’ll explore Psalm 131 this Sunday. God bless you!
Pastor Jim Mason