The Psalms-August 30

 

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 119:121-128

 

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 do God’s commandments and His love have to do with one another? How does the psalmist express his response to God’s Word in this passage?

 

Tuesday: Read Psalm 119:129-136

 

Things to Consider: How has God’s Word brought you wisdom, knowledge, and understanding? Do you believe that it is important for people to uphold God’s Law? Why or why not? How can we convince people of the importance of doing things the way God has designed?

 

Wednesday:  Read Psalm 119:137-144

 

Things to Consider: What does it look like to be zealous for God’s Law? What is the difference between having a healthy zeal for the Law and being legalistic? How can you guard against legalism, and what makes this important for us to do? What do you love about God’s promises?

 

Thursday:     Read Psalm 119:145-152

 

Things to Consider: What does it look like to meditate on God’s Word, and is this something you can do regularly? Do you find hope, joy, and satisfaction in God’s Word to the same level as this psalmist? Why or why not? How do you know that God is near to you right now (v.151)?

 

Friday: Read Psalm 119:153-160

 

Things to Consider: How have you found God’s reward in keeping His Law? What are some of the greatest challenges you face that keep you from remaining faithful to His commands? How can you overcome these challenges? Do you believe that the sum of God’s word is truth? Why or why not?

 

Saturday: Read Psalm 119:161-168

 

Things to Consider: What is the relationship between our love for God and our obedience to Him? What does your current level of obedience to God say about where you are at in your relationship with Him? What needs to come first in dry seasons, loving God or obeying Him? Why?