Psalms

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“Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds” (Psalm 105:1-2 NLT).

November 3, 2019

FOUR WORDS FOR WORSHIPING THE LORD There are four words for worshiping the Lord given in the first two verses of Psalms 105. Do you see them?   Let’s name them: 1) THANKS – Give God your gratitude for everything. 2) PROCLAIM – Proclaim the greatness of God in Christ Jesus. 3) SING – Sing

“I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer” (Psalms 63:4 NLT).

September 19, 2019

DAVID’S SWEET PSALM OF PRAYER AND PRAISE David made a commitment to praise and pray to the Lord all the days of his life. The superscription of this psalm states that David was in the wilderness of Judah when he wrote it. Many scholars believe it was written during the time he was hiding from

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him” (Psalms 62:5 NLT).

September 18, 2019

HOW DO WE LET ALL THAT WE ARE WAIT QUIETLY ON GOD? Do many opinions seem to be battling it out within your mind? You try to quiet the many voices, so that You can hear the most important One, but try as you may the cacophony remains. Ask the Lord to help you, so

“For you have rescued me from my troubles and helped me to triumph over my enemies” (Psalm 54:7 NLT).

September 10, 2019

YOU PLUS GOD IS A MAJORITY The inscription over this psalm states that David wrote it during the time he was hiding from King Saul in the land of Ziph, where the locals sought to reveal his hideout. It seemed that no matter where he hid, even strangers sought to have him killed. But God

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God!” (Psalm 43:5 NLT).

August 29, 2019

QUESTIONS OF THE HEART There are at least two ways of reading this Scripture. The first is to view the psalmist as truly questioning the source of his feelings of discouragement and sadness. He knows that he is discouraged, but he is not sure why. So, he is lifting up his heart to the Lord

“For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken!” (Psalms 34:20 NLT).

August 16, 2019

THE SIGN OF UNBROKEN BONES David wrote this psalm during a low period in his life. While hiding from King Saul who sought to kill him, he stooped to playing the madman to escape the Philistine king, Abimelech. Yet, in spite of all of his afflictions, no bones were broken. Clearly, David must have borrowed

“For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love” (Psalm 5:12 NLT).

July 7, 2019

SURROUNDED WITH GOD’S SHIELD OF LOVE David wrote of God’s loving-favor and blessing as a shield that surrounded him, both protecting him from harm without and comforting him with acceptance within. It may seem unusual to visualize God’s love and favor as a shield, which is a defensive weapon of war. But David felt surrounded

“Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful” (Psalm 149:1 NLT).

July 1, 2019

WHY SING A NEW SONG TO THE LORD? The Scripture often instructs that a “new song” be sung to the Lord? In fact, this is in the Bible a total of nine times: six in the Psalms, once in Isaiah, and twice in Revelation. So, why does the Lord desire a new song from his

“The Lord frees the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down” (Psalm 146:7-8 NLT).

June 28, 2019

ONLY THE LORD CAN . . . Only the Lord can truly set free those who are enslaved by sin and their own addictions to their over-desires for more, even though more never satisfies. “The Lord frees the prisoners.”   Only the Lord can truly open the eyes of the spiritually blind, who wonder aimlessly

“Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips.” (Psalm 141:3 NLT).

June 23, 2019

TAMING THE TONGUE David understood something about the human tongue, no one can control it. We need help from the Lord to tame the tongue. So, David prayed that God would take control of his words and set a guard over his lips.   The Spirit inspired James to write about the same topic saying,