Ending the Psalms and Starting Fresh in February

I’m so thrilled that this marks the last day of January and tomorrow starts a fresh month in the Psalms. My neighbors in Pennsylvania always brace themselves for January; it’s a cold, dark month. But we did it! We’re here, and now we march on into February. May God bless us all richly in February.

As I ended my monthly reading of the Psalms, I wrote this in my journal from Psalm 149: 5-6:

Let the godly exult in glory;
    let them sing for joy on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their throats
    and two-edged swords in their hands

I note the contrast between a joyful, resting person on her bed and someone holding a sword, ready to fight. What a picture of a life of faith! We rest in Jesus while also standing, demolishing strongholds, and praying victoriously. We are simultaneously joyfully resting and eagerly battling the enemy.

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