The Psalms-August 23

 

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 119:73-80

 

Things to Consider: This week, we will continue to work our way through this psalm, which happens to be the longest chapter in the Bible. The psalmist has been celebrating the gift that is God’s Word. What specifically does he know about God’s Word, according to this passage? How does he plan to handle God’s Word in his interactions with others?

 

Tuesday: Read Psalm 119:81-88

 

Things to Consider: What does it mean to hope in God’s Word? How can we do this, and would you say that you find hope in Scripture? Why or why not? When do we need this kind of hope, and in what ways can you relate to some of the struggles shared by the psalmist here?

 

Wednesday:  Read Psalm 119:89-96

 

Things to Consider: How was the psalmist given life through God’s precepts? What does it mean for God’s Word to be firmly fixed in the heavens? How have you experienced (personally, or through watching others) the faithfulness of God through His Word? How has Scripture brought you comfort and stability in the midst of the uncertainty of this world?

 

Thursday:     Read Psalm 119:97-104

 

Things to Consider: What does it mean to meditate on God’s Law? Is this something that you do regularly? How have you experienced the wisdom of God’s commandments, especially compared to the wisdom of the world? Do you believe that God’s Word is truly sweeter than honey to your lips? What is it about the Bible that makes it so impactful to us?

 

Friday: Read Psalm 119:105-112

 

Things to Consider: How has God used His Word to help guide the psalmists’ feet through the trials and snares of life? How has God used His Word to help guide you through the turmoil and tribulations of your own life? How can God use His Word to give you life in the midst of your struggles, fears, insecurities, and shortcomings?

 

Saturday: Read Psalm 119:113-120

 

Things to Consider: What does it mean to fear the Lord, and how does this type of fear relate to the profound love and desire the psalmist has for the Word of God? What role does the Bible play in God’s promise to protect (or shield) us from our enemies? How have you experienced this protection in your life?