A little over a year ago, as friends and family members asked, I began sending out a daily Psalm, via e-mail. At first I chose it myself, after prayer. After a short time, I decided to augment that process with a “random” number generator. Pray. Click. Trust. (I put ‘random’ in quotes because nothing is truly random in the sense of having no mark of the Maker in it. Nothing is a surprise to God. Nothing is outside His sovereign plan.)
Using Outlook’s “do not send before” feature, I began processing these in batches, spending about an hour each weekend loading up the next week’s worth of Psalm-of-the-Day e-mails.
Even knowing, intellectually, that Jesus is living and active via His Holy Spirit, I’ve been awed to see how often those “random” Psalms have spoken with extreme specificity to a situation which I or one of people on that very-small mailing list were experiencing. (Each Psalm mail has roughly a 1 out of 200 “chance” of coming up, because I tend to break up the larger ones over two or more days — 22 days in the case of Psalm 119).
And so, it came to pass that, when I composed the e-mail for today (Thursday) on Sunday evening, the sun had not yet released the biggest ‘X-class’ solar flare to hit earth in years, expected to hit within an hour or two of when Thursday’s Psalm-of-the-Day goes out. (Oh, and it just happens to be Purim as well — the day commemorating God’s deliverance of the Jews from Persian persecution.)
Nineteen. Go figure. Amazing… (Below is the NLT, which is what I send out.)
The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship. 2 Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. 3 They speak without a sound or a word; their voice is silent in the skies; 4 yet their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to all the world. The sun lives in the heavens where God placed it. 5 It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race. 6 The sun rises at one end of the heavens and follows its course to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat. 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight to life. 9 Reverence for the LORD is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair. 10 They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. 11 They are a warning to those who hear them; there is great reward for those who obey them. 12 How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. 13 Keep me from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. 14 May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow. Praise creatures here below. Praise Him above the heavenly host. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.