The Psalms-October 18

 

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 136

 

Things to Consider:  This psalm calls God’s people to give thanks to the Lord as part of their worship service. What are some of the reasons they have to be thankful? What role does thankfulness play in your own worship experience? Take some time right now to consider the things God has done in your life, and express your thankfulness to Him.

 

Tuesday: Read Psalm 137

 

Things to Consider:  In this psalm, the psalmist reflects on the time that Judah spent in exile in Babylon. In light of this difficult time in their past, what is the psalmist’s request to God? How can you relate the sentiment of this psalm to your own life?

 

Wednesday:  Read Psalm 138

 

Things to Consider:  This psalm kicks off the final section of psalms, running through Psalm 145, that are attributed to King David. Why (specifically) does David give thanks to God in this passage? How have you seen God’s constant care in your own life? Take some time to thank him for all of that today.

 

Thursday:     Read Psalm 139:1-18

 

Things to Consider:  How well does God know David, and do you believe that He knows you just as well? What are the implications of God’s intimate knowledge of you? Is this thought scary, comforting, both, or neither? Take some time to consider that question.

 

Friday: Read Psalm 139:19-24

 

Things to Consider:  How do you see these verses fitting in with the first 18 verses of this psalm? How does David want God to treat his enemies, and do you think it is okay for him to have these thoughts and pray this prayer? Why or why not? What does it look like to let God search you and know your heart, and how can you do that today?

 

Saturday: Read Psalm 140

 

Things to Consider:  Where does David turn when he is in need of protection? What other options do you think he had available? Where do you tend to turn in times of need, and what are some options (other than the Lord) that you have available to you? Do you believe that God is enough to sustain you, no matter what trials you face? Why or why not?