Psalms

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“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!” (Psalms 133:1 HCSB).

June 15, 2021

THE BLESSING AND BEAUTY OF UNITY Psalm 133 was written by David and is one of the fifteen psalms with the inscription, “Songs of Ascent.” These psalms (120-134) were to be sung while ascending up to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to worship. In this way, worshipers brought their praise with them to the Temple.

“Unless the Lord builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain” (Psalms 127:1 HCSB).

June 9, 2021

WHO IS BUILDING YOUR HOUSE? This psalm of Solomon is apt for today’s One Year Bible reading as the Old Testament reading is about the building of the Temple. Yet although God had given Solomon such amazing wisdom, he failed to apply it to his own house. Isn’t this often the case? We know more

‘I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”’ (Psalm 122:1 NKJV).

June 4, 2021

LET US GO TO THE HOUSE OF THE LORD! One of David’s fifteen “Psalms of Ascent,” to be sung while climbing the steps up to the Temple Mount. It begins by expressing David’s “gladness” at the invitation to go up to the house of the Lord. Such joy for corporate worship should be on every

“I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.” (Psalms 116:9 HCSB).

May 19, 2021

ARE YOU AWARE OF THE LORD’S PRESENCE IN YOUR LIFE? The psalmist wrote of his constant awareness of the Lord’s presence in His life even as he attended to the everyday things of life here on earth. It is a psalm of praise for the Lord’s attentive ear and caring heart, which the psalmist had

“Hallelujah! I will praise the LORD with all my heart in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation” (Psalm 111:1 HCSB).

May 15, 2021

ARE YOU WORSHIP-READY? The psalmist opens with the Hebrew word, “Hallelujah” (“Praise the LORD”)! With this exclamation of praise, he both announced his intention and invited the participation of his fellow worshipers. He was determined to praise the LORD with “all his heart.” Have you made the same determination?   In order to bring whole-hearted

“Help me, LORD my God; save me according to Your faithful love so they may know that this is Your hand and that You, LORD, have done it” (Psalms 109:26-27 HCSB).

May 13, 2021

LET THE LORD BE YOUR DEFENDER David asked the Lord to rescue him from his accusers. Rather than trying to defend himself, he asked the Lord to defend him. Notice the basis on which he asked for help. He asked God to save him according to the Lord’s “faithful love.” David didn’t ask according to

“Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and gloom and broke their chains apart” (Psalm 107:13-14 HCSB).

May 11, 2021

WHERE DO YOU TURN WHEN IN TROUBLE? The psalmist gave thanks to God for His deliverance in times of trouble and distress. He praised the Lord for bringing them out of the darkness and gloom of slavery. Perhaps a reference to Israel’s time of being enslaved in Egypt. He gave thanks to God as Deliverer.

“Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts” (Psalm 90:12 HCSB).

April 23, 2021

DON’T WASTE YOUR LIFE! Have you ever heard of the “Urgent-Important Matrix?” It is a time management system made popular by Stephen Covey’s book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” The matrix teaches that every task can be placed in one of four possible quadrants: Q1) Urgent and important, Q2) Important, not urgent, Q3)

“Faithful love and truth will join together; righteousness and peace will embrace. Truth will spring up from the earth, and righteousness will look down from heaven” (Psalm 85:10-11 HCSB).

April 16, 2021

LOVE AND TRUTH ARE REVEALED IN CHRIST Personifying the divine attributes, the psalmist wrote of a day when faithful love and truth would finally join together and righteousness and peace would embrace. “Faithful love” is the translation of the Hebrew word “chesed,” which can be translated “mercy” or “covenantal love.” This is God’s kind of

“He shepherded them with a pure heart and guided them with his skillful hands” (Psalm 78:72 HCSB).

April 9, 2021

GOD DELIGHTS IN RAISING UP THE SMALL TO GREATNESS This is a description of King David, whom God took from the sheep pens to the throne room, raising him up to be Israel’s greatest king. David was born in Bethlehem, one of the smallest towns in all Israel. He was the youngest of his father