The Psalms-August 16

The Book of Psalms is a collection of poetry that captures a wide range of emotions and responses to God, including: love & adoration of the King, worship & praise of Almighty God, sorrow & regret over sin, fear & doubt over trials and or/enemies, and an utter dependence on God. Over the course of this devotional study, we will continue to explore the riches of the psalms. As you will quickly discover, reading the Psalms provides a much different experience than reading almost any other genre of Scripture. These poems weren’t written with the intent of providing direct teaching or clear storytelling; rather, they were composed in order to convey the emotional responses of God’s children to a wide variety of situations—times of joy, fear, doubt, struggle, victory, defeat, or awe (to name a few). For this reason, believers are generally drawn to different psalms at different times in their lives. This preference is often based on one’s own experiences. No matter what you are going through in your life right now, chances are there are several psalms that relate to your current spiritual walk. And even if a particular psalm doesn’t seem applicable to you today, there is a good chance that it will be at some point in the future. So take this opportunity to read, study, pray through, and remember the ancient words contained in these psalms, and allow God to minister to your heart.

 

Monday: Read Psalm 119:25-32

 

Things to Consider: This week, we will continue to work our way through this longest chapter in the Bible, as the psalmist celebrates the gift that is God’s Word. What specific ways does the psalmist ask for God to use His Word in his life in this passage? How does your own experience with the Bible measure up to what the psalmist expresses here?

 

Tuesday: Read Psalm 119:33-40

 

Things to Consider: What specific ways does the psalmist ask for God to use His Word in his life in this passage? How does your own experience with the Bible measure up to what the psalmist expresses here? What are some of the “worthless things” that your eyes are often drawn to?

 

Wednesday:  Read Psalm 119:41-48

 

Things to Consider: What is the source (or substance) of the psalmist’s trust in the Lord? How has God’s Word brought you comfort throughout your life? What promises has He given us that you are able to cling to during difficult seasons in your life? Are there any promises from Scripture that God has been comforting you with right now (this week)?

 

Thursday:     Read Psalm 119:49-56

 

Things to Consider: Why do you think the psalmist finds comfort in God’s rules, and do you also find this kind of comfort? What is the blessing that the psalmist speaks of, that comes from keeping God’s precepts? How can we persevere in keeping/upholding God’s commands, even in the midst of persecution (v.51)?

 

Friday: Read Psalm 119:57-64

 

Things to Consider: What does it mean for the Lord to be your portion, and is this a claim that you can make? What does it look like to hasten to keep God’s commands, and can you think of a time when you have delayed? Who are the psalmists’ companions, and what relevance does this have in your life today? Who are your companions?

 

Saturday: Read Psalm 119:65-72

 

Things to Consider: What is the benefit and blessing of God’s Law, and how can we know them? Do you agree with the degree to which the psalmist delights in God’s Law? Why or why not? What role did the Law play in the psalmist’s testimony? What role do God’s commands play in your own testimony?