The Psalms-September 13

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 125

 

Things to Consider:  Throughout this week, we will continue to work our way through the section of psalms called the ‘Songs of Ascent’ – psalms that were sung by Jewish pilgrims making their way to Jerusalem for the annual feasts. What influence did that particular journey have on this psalm? What do we learn about God in these verses?

 

Tuesday: Read Psalm 126

 

Things to Consider:  Although we don’t know the specific crisis the psalmist faced when he wrote this psalm, we can still make sense of his request before God. How have you experienced God’s mercy and blessing in the past, and in what areas of your life would you like to see that again today?

 

Wednesday:  Read Psalm 127

 

Things to Consider:  The psalmist makes the important point that even our greatest efforts are worthless without God’s blessing. How have you experienced failure when you have depended solely on your own efforts, and how has that failure shaped your relationship with God? How have you experienced success when you have depended on God’s leading and provision, and how has this shaped your relationship with God?

 

Thursday: Read Psalm 128

 

Things to Consider:  Who exactly does this psalmist say is blessed? What does it mean to fear the Lord, and what does the blessing that this fear brings look like for us today? How might our picture (or understanding) of blessedness differ from that of those who lived in the Ancient Near East?

 

Friday: Read Psalm 129

 

Things to Consider:  The psalmist takes this opportunity to reflect on God’s faithful presence throughout his life, even in the midst of his darkest trials. How have you experienced God’s faithful presence throughout your life—before you knew Him, during difficult seasons, and in times of blessing and plenty? Take some time to reflect on God’s blessing in your life.

 

Saturday: Read Psalm 130

 

Things to Consider:  What hope do sinners have in the presence of the Lord? Why would it have been important for Jewish pilgrims to reflect on the truths in this psalm on their way to the feasts in Jerusalem? How often do you reflect on the freedom and beauty of being forgiven, and why is it important for us to do this regularly?