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Immerse: Poets - Week 12

Heather and I recently went out to dinner for some sushi - the fully-cooked kind for me, thank you – and when our dinner plates arrived, they each had a small side of wasabi. Wasabi is Japanese horseradish, which basically means – IT’S NOT GUACAMOLE! (Translate – don’t scoop it up and eat it off your spoon all at once). It only takes a very small bit of Wasabi to add the “heat” or flavor you need to your dish.

Sometimes great thoughts and principles come in few words. Many a great orator have made the mistake of thinking the more words they say, the more profound the message is. I won’t argue that this sometimes is the case, but more often than not, it is the short and concise message that often leaves the largest impact. Here are a few examples:

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt
“Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.” – Benjamin Franklin
“For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, but forfeit his soul?” – Jesus Christ

In our Immerse: Poets reading this week, we begin our final stretch in the book of Psalms. This week’s reading contains two unique selections: the longest psalm and the shortest psalm. Most people know Psalm 119 to be the longest psalm in the book and the longest chapter in the entire, but just a few psalms earlier we find Psalm 117, which happens to be the shortest psalm. Here it is in its entirety:

1 Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. 2 For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord.”
 
That’s it. No long venting in anger against enemies. No crying out for the Lord to rescue. No laments of previous or current anguish. Just simple words of praise.

Here’s my challenge for you this week: Memorize Psalm 117. Yes, the whole thing! Let its simple and concise thoughts of praise echo in your minds. Let the reminder of God’s love and faithfulness plant seeds of joy and hope in your heart all throughout the week.

A few words can go a long way in changing the outlook of your life. Learn these words today.