From time to time on this blog, I’ll post readings. It’s poetry that has stirred my soul, and I’ll offer my thoughts. Today, I’ll post something on those lines, but with a different twist. I’d like to post a scripture today. Psalm 45. I mentioned this passage in another blog post and it made me think I should share the significance of the scripture to me.
Most of the time, when I talk about faith, it’s more in practical terms. Faith is the central focusing point of my life, but I don’t, on this blog, try to be too gooey-gooey super spiritual about it. You know, the people that are always posting Facebook memes of Scriptures and what not. Ugh. I know it’s a turn off. It bugs me when people do it, and I know it bugs most people.
So I try not to do it. I definitely talk about faith, but I try to do in a way that explains how faith can be the center of a very earthbound life. The church of the everyday. I hope that message comes through on this blog.
But at the risk of being super spiritual gooey-gooey this is one area that I think is worth mentioning today.
That is the concept of a life scripture.
I think everyone should have one. It’s just a chapter or so that encapsulates your identity in Christ–who you are and what you are about. It’s something that defines your mission, and purpose in this life. Something that is deeply personal between you and God, and yet, answers so much about why he put you on this earth, that it keeps you centered and grounded. It is deeply personal between you and God, and is almost a contract with God about why he put you on this earth.
If you don’t have one, I urge you to search your heart and the word and find yours.
Most Christian women aspire to be the Proverbs 31 woman, and I stand by that one. Let me say, that woman is one bad cookie. A strong empowered woman, and the original supermom. Yes, she was a supermom before being a supermom was a thing.
But since I’m neither a wife nor a mother, Proverbs 31 doesn’t yet fully apply to my life. Instead, I have Psalm 45. I call it the Maiden Princess Scripture.
My heart is stirred by a noble theme
as I recite my verses for the king;
my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
2 You are the most excellent of men
and your lips have been anointed with grace,
since God has blessed you forever.
3 Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one;
clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.
4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously
in the cause of truth, humility and justice;
let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.
5 Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies;
let the nations fall beneath your feet.
6 Your throne, O God,[c] will last for ever and ever;
a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
by anointing you with the oil of joy.
8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
from palaces adorned with ivory
the music of the strings makes you glad.
9 Daughters of kings are among your honored women;
at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.
10 Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention:
Forget your people and your father’s house.
11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;
honor him, for he is your lord.
12 The city of Tyre will come with a gift,
people of wealth will seek your favor.
13 All glorious is the princess within her chamber;
her gown is interwoven with gold.
14 In embroidered garments she is led to the king;
her virgin companions follow her—
those brought to be with her.
15 Led in with joy and gladness,
they enter the palace of the king.
16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
you will make them princes throughout the land.
17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;
therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.