The Psalms-November 22

 

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 146

 

Things to Consider:  How long will the psalmist praise the Lord, and what reasons does he give that makes God praiseworthy? How does our approach to praising God change based on the circumstances of our life? When does this attitude of praise seem to come most naturally to you, and why do you think this might be?

 

Tuesday: Read Psalm 147:1-11

 

Things to Consider:  In this psalm of praise, the psalmist seems to begin in these verses by focusing on the intimacy God has with His creation. How has He shown His great love and tender care to you? What does a genuine response of praise look like to you?

 

Wednesday:  Read Psalm 147:12-20

 

Things to Consider:  The psalmist reflects on the favor God has shown to Jerusalem, due to those dwelling in Jerusalem being His children. How has God shown His favor to you, as His child? What are some things that remind you that He loves you? What response do you think God is looking for?

 

Thursday:     Read Psalm 148

 

Things to Consider:  In this psalm of praise, the psalmist looks at God’s glory, and all that makes Him worthy of our praise, from the perspective of the heavens, earth, and seas. How do these different realms declare God’s glory for us? How has God revealed His glory most powerfully in your own life?

 

Friday: Read Psalm 149

 

Things to Consider:  What does it mean to sing to the Lord a new song? What specific privileges, belonging to God’s people, does the psalmist point out in this psalm? What does it mean for God to take pleasure in His people, and how does this impact your own relationship with Him?

 

Saturday: Read Psalm 150

 

Things to Consider:  What emotions and/or feelings does this psalm, which concludes the entire psalter, elicit as you read through it? What makes God worthy of this kind of joyful praise, and how is our worship of Him related to the specific circumstances of our life?