Psalms

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“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving” (Psalms 69:30 NKJV).

March 28, 2020

CHOOSING TO PRAISE AND MAGNIFY THE LORD The inscription to this psalm attributed it to David, who gave it to his Chief Musician with the instruction that it be set to the tune of “The Lilies.” David was a prolific song writer and gifted musician. As a young man, he played the harp to ease

“A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation” (Psalm 68:5 NKJV).

March 26, 2020

AN ENCOURAGING PROMISE FOR SINGLE PARENTS My mother used to pray this Psalm of David, reminding God of our plight after my father died. She was a widow with four children to raise alone, yet not alone. For she called on God to keep His promise.   “Be a father to my children and a

“God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations” (Psalms 67:1-2 NKJV).

March 24, 2020

PRAYING GOD’S WORD BACK TO HIM The psalmist prayed that God would show them mercy, blessing and favor, so that they might display the way of salvation to the nations. This prayer aligned with God’s promise to Abraham that through his “offspring all nations would be blessed” (Gen. 22:18). It also borrowed words from the

“Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; preserve my life from fear of the enemy” (Psalms 64:1 NKJV).

March 21, 2020

THE FEAR OF A THING IS OFTEN WORSE THAN THE THING ITSELF In this psalm of David, he prayed aloud saying, “Hear my voice, O God.” This was not a moment of silence or quiet prayer. David cried out to the Lord in desperation, that God would “preserve” his life. What terrible enemy did he

“My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips” (Psalm 63:5 NKJV).

March 20, 2020

WHAT’S YOUR LEVEL OF SATISFACTION TODAY? David wrote of his strong desire to be “satisfied” and “joyful” in the Lord. He sought to bear the fruit of one who knew the “lovingkindness” (v.3) of the Lord. The word “satisfied” speaks of contentment. David lifted his soul up to the Lord, determined to find a deep

“My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved” (Psalms 62:5-6 NKJV).

March 19, 2020

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WAIT SILENTLY FOR GOD ALONE? David instructed his soul to wait silently for God alone. Perhaps his soul was feeling impatient and anxious. The two often go hand in hand. Impatience leads to worry, which leads to questions and doubts. David knew this, so he stilled his own soul, reminding

“Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:1-2 NKJV).

March 18, 2020

LEAD ME TO THE ROCK THAT IS HIGHER THAN I This is a prayer of David crying out to God for His heavenly perspective and protection. “Lead me to the high rock.” He cried. He wanted to see what was coming in the distance. He wanted his feet, which were sinking in mud, to be

“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by” (Psalms 57:1 NKJV).

March 14, 2020

DO YOU FEEL LIKE HIDING IN A CAVE? David wrote this psalm regarding the time he was hiding in a cave while fleeing from Saul. Even though the king of Israel sought to kill him, David trusted in the Lord. And even though he hid in a cave, he was confident that the day of

“Why should I fear in the days of evil…?” (Psalms 49:5 NKJV).

March 6, 2020

ARE YOU WALKING IN FEAR OR BY FAITH TODAY? We live in a day of national fear. Political disorder in an election year, the economy moving wildly up and down like a roller-coaster, and news of a pestilence called the coronavirus, all these and more are elevating our anxiety. Yet the Psalmist asks, “Why should

“We have thought, O God, on Your lovingkindness, In the midst of Your temple” (Psalm 48:9 NKJV).

March 5, 2020

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED GOD’S LOVINGKINDNESS? Again we return to one of the favorite themes of the Psalmist, namely, the “lovingkindness” of God. This attribute in the Hebrew is called “chesed.” It describes the unconditional and covenantal love of God. The Psalmist wrote that they had “thought on” this Divine attribute in the temple. In other