I love the Psalms. We’ve just begun to explore them, and we’ll tackle 50 of them in each of the next three summers. I truly believe that “There is a Psalm for every sigh of the heart” (Donald Whitney), thus, this book is ideal for us to revisit often as a church.
When we’re up, it rejoices with us.
When we’re down, it comforts and empathizes.
When we’re confused, it looks to the only wise God for help.
No matter where you are right now in your Christian faith, walking through the Psalms will bless your soul. Hopefully the first four have already done that this week.
The NLT Study Bible has some great insight into the Psalms. It gives a good, scripturally holistic explanation of their importance, reminding us of Jesus’ love for the Psalms and the fulfilled messianic prophecies found throughout the 150 chapters. Check this out:
“The Lord Jesus and the apostles loved the book of Psalms and quoted from it; beyond that, they lived out of it. These ancient prayers and praises of Israel are also God’s inspired word. The Psalms provide a bridge to cross between the Old and New Testaments, and the themes addressed in the psalms find further development in the NT. Jesus connects with the dynasty of David in its mission, its disappointments, and its failures. Where David’s dynasty has failed, Jesus gives hope. His sinlessness, his identification with the suffering of the members of David’s dynasty, his perfect obedience, and his exaltation open up new perspectives on the many questions raised in the Psalter. Yet we are still living by faith; the hope of the book of Psalms, that God’s people will completely fulfill his purposes and that all nations will submit to the Messiah, still remains for the future (see 1 Corinthians 15:25-27).” — NLT Study Bible
Today, we find a lament. It teaches us that it is okay to struggle through difficult seasons of life. It also shows us how to respond when we are under attack by our enemies:
• Turn to God and earnestly ask Him for help (v.1-2)
• Worship God (v. 3)
• Remember the character & power of God (v.4-6)
• Respond to God’s love (v.7)
• Seek clarity and a path to walk in (v.8)
• Trust that vengeance is His (v.9-10)
• Rejoice in the Lord and hope in His protection (v.11-12)
What did you learn today? How has this first week in the Psalms been helpful to you?
By: Todd Thomas