The Psalms-September 6

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 119:169-176

 

Things to Consider:  This is the final passage in Psalm 119, which is the longest chapter in the Bible. Throughout this psalm,  the psalmist has been celebrating the gift of God’s Word.  What is the connection between God’s Law and His salvation?  What reasons does the psalmist have to praise God in this passage? How can you praise God in response to His Word?

 

Tuesday: Read Psalm 120

 

Things to Consider:  This psalm begins 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?

 

Wednesday:  Read Psalm 121

 

Things to Consider:  It is easy to imagine pilgrims singing this psalm on their journey to Jerusalem. How does the psalmist connect this annual pilgrimage to the journey of life? How have you experienced God’s faithfulness and protection over the past year? How do you see God as your Helper?

 

Thursday:     Read Psalm 122

 

Things to Consider:  What specifically was the psalmist celebrating in this psalm? As Christians, what is the meaning of this psalm to us? What do we celebrate and who is our Davidic king?  Where do you go to seek God, and delight in His presence?

 

Friday: Read Psalm 123

 

Things to Consider:  Pilgrims would sing this song on their journey up to Jerusalem in order to prepare their hearts for worship during the feasts. How might this psalm have helped to prepare their hearts? How can you use this psalm to prepared your own heart for worship?

 

Saturday: Read Psalm 124

 

Things to Consider:  The psalmist rejoices that God has helped Israel so faithfully throughout history. How has God been your help throughout your own life? What does God’s help look like, how do you know when you’ve received it, and how do you respond when it doesn’t look how you expected it to?