Psalms

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“It is time for the Lord to act, for they have violated Your instruction” (Psalms 119:126 HCSB).

November 28, 2021

IS IT TIME FOR THE LORD TO ACT? The psalmist saw the people of the world becoming more and more rebellious, ignoring the law of God. He called on the Lord to take action. This call was made especially acute by the fact that Psalm 119 was written as an ode to God’s Word. Usually

“The LORD is my portion” (Psalm 119:57 HCSB).

November 24, 2021

DO YOU SEEK THE BLESSING OR THE BESTOWER? The psalmist declared that the Lord Himself was his portion, his reward. He sought not the Lord’s hands, but His face. While others seek blessing, he sought the Bestower of all true blessings.   Remember the parable Jesus told of the prodigal son? He said to his

“My heart is confident, God; I will sing; I will sing praises with the whole of my being” (Psalm 108:1 HCSB).

November 10, 2021

DO YOU HAVE A HEART FOR GOD? David declared the confidence of his heart towards God. In other words, David had set and established his heart on God. He had fixed his focus on God alone. Having made God the object of his heart’s desire and confidence, he declared his intent to sing and give

“Give thanks to Yahweh, call on His name; proclaim His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell about all His wonderful works!” (Psalm 105:1-2 HCSB).

November 3, 2021

FIVE WORDS FOR WORSHIPING THE LORD There are five words for worshiping the Lord given in the first two verses of Psalms 105. Do you see them?   Five words for worshiping: 1) THANKS – Give God gratitude for everything. Bring your tithes and offerings into His house with thanksgiving. 2) CALL – Call on

“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:11-12 NKJV).

October 31, 2021

THE SIZE OF GOD’S MERCY David attempted to describe the size of God’s mercy by comparing it to the heavens and earth. He imagined the height of God’s mercy as rising as high as the heavens, and the breadth of His mercy being as wide as the “east is from the west.”   Yet in

“Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him” (Psalms 62:5 HCSB).

September 18, 2021

FINDING REST IN GOD ALONE 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 continues. Have you learned to speak to your own soul as David did? For David

“When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4 HCSB).

September 12, 2021

TRUSTING INSTEAD OF TREMBLING The psalmist knew what to do when he felt afraid. He had already decided in advance that when fear came, he would replace it with faith in God. When he felt afraid, he recalled God’s Word and praised God for it. When he felt afraid, he compared the size of his

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22 HCSB).

September 11, 2021

ARE YOU BURDENED WITH A LOAD OF CARE? Who carries your cares? Are you trying to carry them alone? Why would you keep laboring under such a burden when the Lord offers to “sustain” you? Cast your burdens on the Lord. Pull them off your back and put them on His. For He is able

“Against You—You alone—I have sinned and done this evil in Your sight. So You are right when You pass sentence; You are blameless when You judge” (Psalm 51:4 HCSB).

September 7, 2021

ADMITTING THAT WE HAVE SINNED AGAINST GOD David wrote this psalm in repentance after committing adultery with Bathsheba. Although he surely recognized he had sinned against her and her husband, he felt more grieved that he had sinned against God.   This is the mark of true repentance. Not that we admit that we have

“Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 43:5 HCSB).

August 29, 2021

ASKING QUESTIONS OF YOUR SELF 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 depressed, but he is not sure why. So, he is lifting up his heart to the