The Psalms-August 9

 

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 117

 

Things to Consider: In this short psalm, the psalmist simply invites everyone (all nations) to praise the Lord. What reasons does he give his readers to praise the Lord? How have you seen God’s steadfast love and enduring faithfulness in your own life? What does it look like to praise the Lord in response to these truths? How can you do that today?

 

Tuesday: Read Psalm 118:1-16

 

Things to Consider: This psalm closes out the “Egyptian Hallel”, which we began last week with Psalm 113. Again, the psalmist implores everyone to praise the Lord. What reasons does he give us to praise Him in these verses? What does it mean that God is a refuge? How have you experienced this?

 

Wednesday:  Read Psalm 118:17-29

 

Things to Consider: What does God’s discipline look like, both in this psalm and in your own life? Does His discipline inspire fear or comfort for you? Why? What is the psalmist’s attitude as he prepares to enter the house of the Lord (temple)? What lessons can we take from this psalm in our own approach to worshipping the Lord daily?

 

Thursday:     Read Psalm 119:1-8

 

Things to Consider: In this longest chapter of the Bible, the psalmist celebrates the gift that is God’s Word. This psalm forms a Hebrew acrostic, where each section begins with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and we will take one section at a time. Who does the psalmist consider to be blessed in this opening section, and what are the reasons for their blessedness? Would you consider yourself to be part of this blessed group? Why or why not?

 

Friday: Read Psalm 119:9-16

 

Things to Consider: In the psalmist’s view, what is the key to the pursuit of purity? How can seeking God and His Word aid in the battle for purity in the midst of this fallen world? How well do you know God’s Word, and is it something that you meditate on regularly?

 

Saturday: Read Psalm 119:17-24

 

Things to Consider: Why does the psalmist long for God’s Word? What does it mean to be a sojourner on the earth, and how does this contribute to his longing for the Word? Do you share this longing for God’s Word? How have you found delight and counsel in the Word?