June 5, 2017

Today you should read: Psalm 48

Welcome to Psalms for the Summer!  The Psalms are a collection of writings that calm the soul.  They encourage us, teach us and motivate us.  They were written by David and a few others.  Make a commitment to reading them this summer with us – you’ll be glad you did!

What is your favorite Psalm and why? Please reply in the comments below.

Psalm 48 is written by the descendants of Korah.  Back in the book of Numbers, a man named Korah rebelled against Moses and Aaron—and God caused the earth to swallow him up. His sons survived, though (Numbers 26:11), and continued to serve in the house of the Lord.  They wrote this Psalm.

If the first couple of verses in this Psalm sound familiar, it’s because several songs were written from them.  It’s a Psalm of praise to God, declaring His greatness and pointing to the Holy City where He was worshiped (Jerusalem).  Even though kings have “advanced against that city” and tried to take it, they were gripped with terror and ran from it (v.4-7).  It will be the city of God forever (v. 8).  It’s the place where Jesus will sit on David’s throne during the thousand-year reign of the Millennium.

Verse 9 is the key verse in this Psalm:

O God, we meditate on your unfailing love as we worship in your Temple.

This is what God deserves (v. 10).  What does it mean to meditate on God’s unfailing love?  To mediate is to think about, concentrate your attention on something.  What happens when we focus on God’s perfect, unfailing love?  We experience peace, contentment, and joy.  What happens when we forget to?  We feel anxiety, frustration, and depression.

So, how can you meditate today on God’s love for you?  What are some practical ways you’ve found?  Please reply below and share them.

 

By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

7 thoughts on “June 5, 2017”

  1. Thanks Tim! I’ve come to really embrace my early morning walk with the dog. Every morning is slightly different – different temperature, different breeze, different smells… and the uniqueness of each morning is a reminder that God loves me enough to give me the gift of another day. I always thank God for his love in those moments, and for me it’s been an incredible way to center myself for the day ahead.

  2. Asking for a favorite Psalm is like asking about your favorite ice cream. Sure, you have a preference, but look at all the good in all the other kinds. I confess that my favorite Psalm is probably Psalm 1. I have this old memory of a woman teaching a room full of kids to sing that Psalm. I can still hear her voice if I think about it. Great memory.

    Teach us Lord to meditate on Your unfailing love, and the beauty of Your grace. It is God who is to be praised!

  3. I have to agree with Korbit, it’s hard to just pick one, psalms has always been a to go book in the bible for me no matter what my circumstances may be. I love psalm 139:7-10 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? I love this Reminder, he never ever leaves alone or for sakes us, what a blessing to know God’s amazing love.

  4. My favorite Psalm…. Well, its the Psalm that ministers to me at that particular time in my life. Throughout my life, when faced with a difficulty I tend to gravitate to the Psalms and without fail, God seems to lead me to the Psalm which soothes my worries at that particular time about that particular issue time and time again. Anyway, that seems to be how God works with me.

  5. Thanks everyone for your comments! I agree John – I look forward to my mornings and the time with the Lord. Korbet – I LOVE Psalm 1 – my family memorized it several of years ago on a vacation. Wanda, Psalm 139 is a favorite too! But.. Al I agree with you – God has used many different Psalms in my life at various points of need!

    Keep the comments coming!!

  6. I have always been drawn to Psalm 63. It reminds me so much of what God wants to do in my life when I go through “deserts”. Psalm 24 and the Psalms of Ascent have a special place in my heart because of my trips to Jerusalem.

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