The Psalms-October 11

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 131

 

Things to Consider:  This psalm continues a section of psalms called ‘Songs of Ascent.’ These psalms were intended to be sung by Jewish saints who were traveling up the hill to Jerusalem to worship God at one of the annual feasts. What are the psalmists’ reflections in this psalm? What does it mean to hope in the Lord, and is this something that you are able to do regularly?

 

Tuesday: Read Psalm 132

 

Things to Consider:  In this ‘Song of Ascent’, the psalmist reflects on David’s relationship with the Lord through various hardships in his life. What lessons does he draw out from David’s relationship with God, and how can we emulate his response to God in our own lives?

 

Wednesday:  Read Psalm 133

 

Things to Consider:  What do you think makes the unity of God’s children so pleasing to Him? What exactly is this unity that He desires, and how can we display it with others today? Have you ever experienced the blessing of living in true Christian unity with others? Take some time to consider how and why this blesses our heavenly Father.

 

Thursday:     Read Psalm 134

 

Things to Consider:  In this final ‘Song of Ascent’, the psalmist prepares his audience for their primary mission at the feast awaiting them in Jerusalem. What does it mean to bless the Lord, and how exactly did this take place? How can we bless the Lord today? Is this something that we do sporadically, occasionally, regularly, or constantly? Explain.

 

Friday: Read Psalm 135:1-12

 

Things to Consider:  In this psalm of praise, the psalmist calls God’s people to praise God for all He has done. In this passage, what specifically does he point to that God has done in order to be worthy of our praise? How has God shown His greatness in your own life, and how can you praise Him for that today?

 

Saturday: Read Psalm 135:13-21

 

Things to Consider:  How long will God’s Name endure, and what exactly does this mean? How does God’s infinite nature contrast with the existence of idols? What were some of the idols that Hebrews were drawn to? What are some of the idols that you are drawn to, and how do they rob God of the praise that He is due? Take some time today to bless the Lord for who He is.