Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Three Insights From The Psalms

Today's post is from our very own Jeremy T. 

Over the past few months, I’ve read through the book of Psalms, and I’d like to share some of the BIG HUGE points that have really stuck out to me. 

I see 3 big chunks. The first is to focus on God as the one who is our refuge, strength, comfort and shelter, and who has unfailing love for His children. So, it gives us the info.

The second is the psalmist in trouble. His enemies surround him and are trying to kill him, or he doesn’t see how it can work out. But then he answers with a practical application of the info we got in the first chunk. So we know that God is our refuge, but we PRACTICALLY LEARN that He is our refuge when we go to Him in the time of trouble!

And then lastly, the psalmist praises God with every ounce of his being! Why? Well, God rescued him! He has learned that God means what he says, and will follow through with His promises. And so, He is worthy of ALL our praise and adoration!

So what I’ve taken out of this is that God deserves all of my attention, and I shouldn’t be so selfish as to give anything else the glory! If there is any victory in my life, it is because of God’s grace and mercy, and HE deserves the praise! 

Also, something that I did for the first chunk of Psalms is just get a piece of paper and write down all of who God says He is. It’s amazing to look at how great God is!

Here are some of my favorite verses: (taken from the NIV)
Psalm 40: 17- “But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay” 
Psalm 50:9- “I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints.” 
Psalm 55: 22- “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” 
Psalm 56:3- “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” 
Psalm 57:5/11- “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth” 
Psalm 59:16-17- “But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortess, my refuge in times of trouble. (17) O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.” 
Psalm 62:5- “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.” 
Psalm 65:3- “When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.” 
Psalm 90:14- “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” 
Psalm 114:7- “Tremble, earth, at the presence if the Lord, at the presence if the God of Jacob.” 
Psalm 118:8- “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” 
Psalm 121:2- “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” 
Psalm 143:8-“ Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, fro I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”
And these are just some of them. The Psalms are basically a big hymn book with rich text that incorporates everything you’ve learned about God in the OT, and these Psalmists put it to song. Now, we don’t have the tunes, but the part that matters is still here, and the Psalms are great to chew on and to really begin to understand how GREAT our God is! 

What have you learned in your personal Bible reading lately? Leave a comment and share it with us.

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